Young artists' exhibit opens

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003

JUNEAU - The Fourth Annual Juneau-Douglas High School Art Show, opening this weekend, will feature mixed-media cityscapes, thrown pottery, figure sketches and bottle-cap dresses along with other works created by local youths. The show opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

"Painting makes me feel good. It's what I do. Some people run, or play soccer - this is what I do," said Sarah Elliot, a junior at JDHS who will show mixed-media paintings.

Matt Voelckers, a senior who is among the few students voted "the most artistic" by the JDHS student body, has been throwing pottery for five years. He sells his work professionally and recently expanded his learning by taking a ceramics class at the University of Alaska Southeast with Fumi Matsumoto.

"It's fun and relaxing to work with clay," Voelckers said. "It's a good way to be creative."

The work in the show has been created by students in art classes taught by Tom Manning, Marianne Manning and Jan Neimeyer. Student art demonstrations will take place 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the city museum.

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