Issaquah students turn building into art gallery

July 6, 2010

By Staff

Avery Felix and Dhara Patel

The Issaquah School District administration building received an artsy makeover June 9.

Five students from across the district submitted masterpieces they created for the annual installation of the Kateri Brow Memorial Student Art Collection. Their art will hang in the building for the next few weeks before being hung in permanent locations.

Each year, district officials ask educators across the district to submit their students’ artwork as recommendations for the collection. The program is designed to encourage students to study and practice the arts.

“Art and art appreciation is a fundamental part of the Issaquah School District educational experience,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said in a press release. “Creativity is what brings learning to life, unleashing new ideas and beauty into the world.

“That’s why it is such a privilege to be able to acknowledge our burgeoning student artists and display their work for the community through the Kateri Brow collection.”

The collection began in 1998 as a tribute to former superintendent Brow, who championed school art programs during her tenure, 1986-1992. Private donors created a fund allowing the district to purchase pieces from students for the collection each year.

The artwork and artists are:

  • “Beauty Is …,” an acrylic painting on canvas by Issaquah Valley Elementary School second-grader Sabrina Peterson.
  • “Within your Heart,” a textile piece by Endeavour Elementary School fifth-grader Avery Felix.
  • “Calmness Comes,” a textile piece by Endeavour fifth-grader Dhara Patel.
  • “The Melody,” a watercolor painting by Liberty High School junior Kyle Stewart.
  • “Paradise,” an acrylic painting on canvas by Skyline High School senior Destiny Whitcomb.

You can view the pieces between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday at 565 N.W. Holly St.

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