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Story last updated at 2:18 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kachemak Kids art supports teacher

Staff Writer


Art by Kachemak Kids Learning Center student Madilyn Illg.

First Friday art shows often feature student art, with schools having annual exhibits, such as a show at Homer Flex School. An art show at Kachemak Kids Learning Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday includes something a bit different, though. With students as little as 18 months at the preschool, these artists are the youngest in town.

They also have a lot of heart.

For its third annual show, student art and other items will be auctioned off to help pay for medical bills for art teacher Rosana Moyer. For the past three years, Moyer has been giving Kachemak Kids students from 18 months to 6 years old at least an hour of art instruction daily. Diagnosed with breast cancer, Moyer has been on leave while she gets treatment.

"It's all moving along very smoothly," said Kachemak Kids executive director Hanna Johnson of Moyer's medical care. "It's all positive news since the diagnosis."

The Art Shop Gallery has donated mat boards for the student art. Adult artists also have donated work, such as photography, mobiles and handcrafted clothing and bags.

Teachers see art as vital to the learning center, Johnson said. For learning things like colors and shapes, art offers a way to involve young learners, she said.

"Our philosophy is a very hands-on approach," she said. "Art is a big part of that, to incorporate the fine motor skills, the touching and the feeling. ... There's a lot of things you can do with art with little ones."

Kachemak Kids rents space at Christian Community Church on Bartlett Street, across the street from the Pratt Museum. The Pratt also holds a First Friday reception for Anchorage artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs, whose "Qupak" has been on exhibit since February. Kelliher-Combs had tried to make a reception then, but got turned back because of a blizzard. Her show of acrylic polymer paintings builds on the motif of qupak, the name for the fancy trim of traditional Inupiaq parkas.

The Homer Flex School art exhibit and reception shows work in many media by student and faculty artists. There also is a reading of poetry and prose.