Superintendent Mark Miller visited our Semester Art Show again, spending a long time looking at each piece of student work. He was especially impressed with the skills of his student docent, Ayah Fraley. Cameron Santiago also received compliments as a docent when he showed Ms. Peterson’s parents around the drawing room. They just returned to Juneau from New Zealand, and when they saw Marlena Romanoff’s wall-hanging in the Common’s display, they said, “She really captured the energy of a true tekoteko!”
A student visitor with a personal interest in Polynesian culture, was excited to interpret all the accurate symbols the tekoteko block-prints for his class of middle-school peers from the Charter School. We also received a class of 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders from Montessori. They were excited about Sadie Tuckwood’s Donut with Goldfish, and awed by the realistic still-lifes. They also had fun trying to do their own Op-Art on the white-board before they left.
We even had a guest from Anchorage visit! He was in town purchasing original artwork by famous Alaskan artists, Sydney Laurence, and Fred Machetanz! He unpacked his new purchases for our 3rd hour class to admire. The anonymous art collector said he could see some pop influences in our students’ artwork and enjoyed the strong negative-space drawings.