Student Art Exhibit coming to Colfax Library

illustration from Oakesdale senior, Zack Conklin

Illustration by Oakesdale senior, Zack Conklin

The community is invited to learn about the talented artists in our local high schools at Meet the Artist on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. in the Norma McGregor Room of the Colfax Library. The event features students from four area high schools, who will speak briefly about themselves, their artwork, inspirations and aspirations. Refreshments will be served.

Among the featured students is Rachel Robinson, a senior at Colfax High School. She is a 4.0 student, plays three sports and belongs to FFA, CHS League and Honor Society. Rachel has participated in two years of high school art and enjoys drawing portraits of horses and other animals, painting with acrylics and working with clay.

Zack Conklin, a senior at Oakesdale High. Zack has been drawing since he was young. Zack has created over 30 sketchbooks of illustrations and is currently creating a comic book series. He participated in “Summer at Cornish 2012” and has been accepted to that school where he plans to pursue animation and conceptual design.

Katryna Newman is a junior at Garfield-Palouse High School. She works in a variety of mediums, creating artwork that arouses the eye in peculiar ways.

Cassadi Bruce of Rosalia High School has been interested in art her entire life. By the age of three, she was drawing details of the human face. Nurturing her talent, Cassadi's grandmother was the first to introduce her to different medias starting with crayons then progressing to watercolors, chalks, oil paints and textile art. Today, Cassadi’s art deals with complex themes and overlapping ideas usually reserved for much older artists.

Hannah Shepherd is a senior at St John-Endicott High School. While she’s moved a lot throughout her life, she feels that art keeps her connected with people. Hannah creates whatever inspiration pops into her head and the results usually have a deeper meaning than viewers expect. Hannah's is to pursue a career in Art Therapy so she can put her creative passion to good use.

Peyton Webber of Tekoa High School spent much her growing years outdoors experiencing nature. This is when she first started experimenting with art, using leaves, sticks, and other found materials. Today Peyton's many passions including her involvement with agricultural education and serving her community as an Emergency Medical Technician are reflected through her artwork.

This special Meet the Artist program runs in conjunction with the Rural Alliance High School Art Show happening February 3-14 in the Colfax Library. The exhibit will be open before and after Meet the Artist for the convenience of those attending. For more information about these events, contact Patty Mills by email or at the Oakesdale School, 509-285-5296 or Sheri Miller at Whitman County Library, 509-397-4366.


The schedule for the Meet the Artist series can be seen by clicking here.


For more information contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick at the library (509-397-4366.)

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.