Arts for Kids holds sixth annual arts celebration

Posted: Thursday, February 04, 2010

Arts for Kids, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting Juneau School District's art education programs, will be hosting the sixth annual Community Arts Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Thunder Mountain High School commons. This event is free to the public and is being funded in part by the Douglas-Dornan Foundation.

The Community Arts Celebration is an all-ages family event. There will be a variety of "make and take home" art projects sponsored by the Alaska State Museum, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Tlingit & Haida, the Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery, Ravens Tail Weaver's Guild and Juneau School District art teachers.

Many local artists will be hosting project tables including Sherri McDonald, Jim Fowler, Barb Craver, Barb Greening, Lecia Kahklen, Gina Shirey-Potts, Jim Heuman, James and Matt Voelckers, Abby and Dayna Focht, Kiernan Edwards, Peggy Wertheimer, Shawna Elf, Peggy Wertheimer, Jane Stokes, MK McNaughton, Kay Parker, Mary Lou King, Alysia McClain, Maegan Cieciel and Lisa Golisek.

Select artists will be demonstrating their talents, allowing ample time for the public to observe and ask questions. Participants can watch Gene Chilton carve silver, Dan Branch carve wood, Charles Rohrbacher paint Icons and Arnie Weimer create character sketches.

Art projects will be varied, and will include making Athabaskan action figures, paintings, sketches, die-cut bears, valentines, block prints, accordion books, Ravenstail baskets, encaustic paintings, toothbrush paintings, doodle and comic book art, wire beaded bracelets, pinwheels, leather bracelets, Tongan tapas, artsy hats and bags, tie-dyed paper and sketchbooks.

There will also be ceramic wheels spinning all afternoon, and large easel canvases will be set up to give participatns a chance to contribute to evolving community paintings. There will also be a city of clay unfolding throughout the afternoon.

Rie Munoz art prints will be gifted to those who make charitable donations to Arts for Kids.

Arts for Kids is now selling Theobroma candy bars under a custom-designed SmART candy bar label. The candy bars will be for sale at the celebration, and all proceeds benefit the Visual Arts Senior Scholarship program.

For more information, contact Suzanne Malter at 789-4950.

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