Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Regional Art Exhibit judge announced

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012

The LaFontaine Arts Council is pleased to announce that Vicki Junk-Wright will judge this year’s Regional Art Exhibit. The exhibit will be open to the public beginning August 10 through August 29 at the Robert M. Wilson Gallery at Huntington University.

Vicki Junk-Wright a graduate of Indiana University has been teaching and doing artwork in the Fort Wayne area for over 25 years. Whether it is workshops, Ape Camp, an art camp that she founded and directed for 18 years or her present 19-year teaching position at Canterbury High School, she brings her love and versatile approach to her art classes.

Creating communities through art is her philosophy. Presently she is working on “The Murosity Project” for the new Parkview Regional Medical Center. Under her direction local high school students, professional artist, celebrities and Parkview physicians and co-workers are painting 160 individual canvases to make one mural scene. Each canvas honors one of our region’s Everyday Stars, our local givers to the community. Together these canvases create a mural of our Indiana countryside and reflect 160 stories of community givers.

Other community projects include the United Way Mastodon citywide art project where she was on the board and contributed by painting two mastodons. One of them received the top ten most popular mastodons award for Brook’s Construction. It was a mastodon reflecting our heritage full of old Fort Wayne scenes and maps. She has developed some art therapy techniques through her years of working with children. She uses them whenever an opportunity arises, and lectures in the Indiana area about using art to relieve stress.

Vicki’s artwork has been featured in a North Light Book “Acrylic Painting Techniques,” and one of her painting graces the back cover. She is also featured in “Mastodons on Parade” a book published by Indiana and Purdue University. Her artwork and short story is featured in the book “When God Spoke to Me” by Paul David Doyle 2009. In the spring of 2006 she was one of 32 teachers across the nation recognized in Washington D.C. for her work with special needs children and was a recipient of the Robert Rouschenberg Foundation. Vicki lives with her husband, Ted Wright a local Realtor and has two sons W.T. Wright, Chicago, Illinois and Drew Wright, Fort Wayne.

Any artist interested in entering their work in the show should call Debbie Dyer at the LaFontaine Arts Council at (260) 358-0055 or e-mail her at ddyer@lafontaineartscouncil.org Entries forms are due August 1 and entries are received August 4 at the Merillat Centre at Huntington University. Entry brochures are available on the website: www.lafontaineartscouncil.org