MHS artists show off their work

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Kaeleigh Dunn, Janice Nelson and Deanna Saukov are three of more than 60 students participating in an McNary High School art exhibit at the Keizer Art Association throughout February. The prospect of showing their work to a wider audience is both nerve-wracking and exciting. “It makes me feel good about myself, like I’m doing something I thought I would never do,” said Nelson, who is also one of two artists of the month at McNary. Some students, like Saukov, also put up their work for sale, which adds another layer of anxiety. “I’m nervous and kind of scared. I want them to sell and I don’t at the same time. These are the first pieces that I’m really proud of, but I know I’ll do more,” Saukov said. Dunn has work in the show from several mediums: a watercolor painting, an acrylic painting and a pair of photos. She takes classes from fine arts instructors Mark Kohley and Todd Layton who teach visual arts and digital arts, respectively. “For me, it felt good to have done work worthy of being shown,” Dunn said. “It helps me keep working at my art because, even if I’m not super-proud of it, I know there is a chance other people will like it.” The show is a preamble to the McNary Fine Arts Department’s largest...

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