Arts for Kids to hold fourth arts celebration

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Arts for Kids, a local nonprofit group dedicated to supporting and sustaining art education in the Juneau School District, will host the fourth annual Community Arts Celebration from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons. This family event is free and open to people of all ages.

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Courtesy Of Sherri Mcdonald
Courtesy Of Sherri Mcdonald

Two dozen artists will be at the event helping children and adults create "make and take home" art projects. The projects at this year's Celebration will include Collagraph printing, Valentine card making, nature art projects, Raven Tail weaving, book making, scratch board art, Bear Headdresses, recycled junk art, 2X2 drawings and collages, mosaic glass mirrors, easel painting and more. There will be three pottery wheels for kids to experiment on, with adult supervision.

Contributing artists will include Ketchikan printmaker Evon Zerbetz, Susan Sloss, Barb Greening, Joe Buck, Matt Voelcker, Mary Lou King, Kay Parker, book and paper artist Sherri McDonald, Tisket, Phoebe Rohrbacher, MK MacNaughton, from The Canvas, Elizabeth Knecht, from the Alaska State Museum, and Krystal Willeby, from the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

District art teachers will be at the Celebration helping host the art projects. Come and meet Elementary Art Specialists Nancy Lehnhart, Heather Ridgway and Shgen George; middle school art teachers Kathleen Wiest and Linda Vallie; Juneau-Douglas High School art teachers Tom and Marianne Manning and Jan Neimeyer; and Yaakoosge Daakahidi art teacher Miah Lager.

There will also be on site artists demonstrating their unique craft. Demonstrating artists at this year's event will include jeweler Rowan Law, ceramic artist Kathy Wiest, and portrait artist Arnie Weimer who plans on sketching portraits of children all afternoon.

Through a generous donation from Juan Munoz and the Rie Muñoz Gallery, there will be variety of Rie Muñoz art prints gifted to folks who make a finical contribution to Arts For Kids. Also there will be a button-making machine so that children can punch out "Arts for Kids" and art quote buttons. Lastly there will be sweets, fruit and drinks for sale. It will be a wonderful afternoon of creating and celebrating art, so please come and join in on the fun.

For more information, call Sherri McDonald at 364-2967.

• Suzanne Malter is president of the Arts for Kids board.

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