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KVAL recognizes art students

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 4:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 5:05 p.m. CDT
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Artwork by local high school and college students will be featured at the next meeting of the Kishwaukee Valley Art League on Dec. 5. This painting is by Madeleine Alger, a senior at DeKalb High School.

The public is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Kishwaukee Valley Art League, titled the “Art of Giving,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Unitarian Universalist Church at North Fourth and Locust streets in DeKalb.

The main feature of the evening will be the recognition of five gifted, local art students and the presentation of some of their works of art.

Carleine Straka, philanthropy chairwoman of the art league, approached the art departments at local schools and asked if they would nominate outstanding students to participate in the league’s “Art of Giving” program.

The following students were nominated: Emily Greer, oil painting, Kishwaukee College; Holly Baker, ceramics, DeKalb High School, junior; Madeline Alger, acrylic painting, DHS, senior; Cameron Kelley, abstract surrealist in watercolor, pen & ink, photography, Sycamore High School, senior; Stefany Veldhuizen, impressionistic oil painting, SHS, junior.

Straka is an accomplished artist and has been involved with art and art leagues for many years. She currently works in pastel, oil pastel and watercolor.

“I feel there is a little bit of artist in everyone of us,” she said in a news release. “Whether profound or subtle, we all have some desire to create something artistic or expressive. I feel it is very important to recognize, encourage and reward the emerging student artist.”

With this in mind, KVAL members are encouraged to donate art supplies, suitable for children of all ages which will be distributed to various local charities.

For more information about the art league, visit

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