Our Lake Creature
Has a New Name!
Sparky, the Wish Guardian
As a result of our recent naming contest the Regatta Lake Creature has a new name.
The name combines two entries by two different students.
Rachel Scheuing, Taft Elementary 3rd grader, who entered the name SPARKY, and Allyson Hall, Oceanlake Elementary 2nd grader, who entered WISH GUARDIAN.
The Lake Creature was created by local artist, Heidi Erickson, and was constructed by Erickson and her fellow metal sculptor, Doug Kroger. It was commissioned by Lincoln City’s Public Arts Committee and was two years in the making. It was installed at Regatta Park in August, 2012. The naming contest was held during the month of December and there were 256 names submitted by student at Oceanlake and Taft Elementary Schools, as well as from the community at large. Those entries were given to a small committee that selected 13 names they thought were good candidates. Those 13 were then give to the artist, Heidi Erickson, and her assistant, Doug Kroger, for the final selection. They decided to combine two names. Nobody involved in the selection knew who submitted the names, so it’s wonderful that both schools are represented!
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FINALISTS:
(Student’s name, school/grade, name submitted)
Levi Cotter, Taft, 3rd, SPIKE
Zion Elking, Oceanlake, 1st, SMILEY
Logan Meyer, Taft, 2nd, REGATTA
Erika Ariss, Taft, 3rd, REGATTA
Elizabeth Melo, Oceanlake, 2nd, LOVELY
Bridget Marsh, Oceanlake, 2nd, SILVER RED HEART
Angelina Kubic, Taft, 2nd, LINCOLN
Enzlo Towery, Oceanlake, 1st, BUZZ
Sam Colbert, Taft, 4th, BOB
Gage Pearson, Oceanlake, 2nd, GUARDIAN OF LOVE
Bear Reyes, Oceanlake, 2nd, GUARDIAN OF THE LAKE
Thank you to all who participated. There were many wonderful ideas and it was a tough decision!
On a crisp, fall day last year, Cindy Wesolowski and Ida Lisa Putansu from Theatre West met with Let There Be Arts Director, Kaline Klaas, and local artist, Krista Eddy, to discuss the possibility of a student mural on the building. After creative deliberations, the decision was made to have students create their versions of three dimensional COMEDY/TRAGEDY masks, which would then be shown at Theatre West and serve as an inspiration for Ida Lisa, Theatre Artist, to extend the current mask mural on the building.
The masks were made during a special session of the Taft Elementary 21st Century after school program coordinated by Let There Be Arts. Krista worked with twenty students in grades 4-6, where each child sculpted two masks out of specialized paper mache clay. They were instructed to create their version of the classic COMEDY/TRAGEDY images, and then paint them using only black and white acrylic.
When they were finished, Krista and Kaline led them in theater exercises and helped them create improvisational skits using the appropriate mask. What fun it was! The students begged to extend the drama activities several weeks beyond the schedule and we all learned how tough this paper mache product is through some hard use!
So, the students, teachers, and artists invite you to enjoy these masks, and we all look forward to seeing how they will be reflected in the future mural on our beloved THEATRE WEST building.
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Petite Paintings for Sale
The Petite Paintings were a big hit and the majority of them sold. There are a few wonderful paintings left and they are currently hanging in two local coffee shops: Pacific Grind Coffee at 4741 SW Hwy 101 and Beachtown Coffee at 2937 NW Hwy 101. These paintings are 5″x5″ or 6″x6″ and sell for $50 and $60. Stop by for a hot drink and browse these Petite Masterpieces. They are perfect for that place that needs a little something in your home or office. Or, the holidays are coming and they’d make a great gift!
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE PETITE PAINTINGS STILL FOR SALE!