Art of honor: Klahre students create works celebrating local heroes

Students of the Klahre House Alternative School are unveiling their recently completed group art project on June 11. The students want to share their art with the community at an opening ceremony.

The art project celebrates the impacts that Minoru Yasui, Ellen Chenoweth Underwood, George Tomlike Chinidere and Nancy Russell have had on the Columbia Gorge community. The students researched these local historical figures and wrote about their contributions to the community.

Art with a View

When: June 11, 11-11:30 a.m.

Where: Panorama Point, off of Eastside Road, via Highway 35

In addition to the large paintings, students are painting smaller portraits of people they identify as their personal heroes, that is, a person who had a positive impact on their lives.

One student stated, “I have learned that one person can make a huge difference in the community. I could be the one to leave behind a positive legacy.”

Another student said, “I feel honored to be able to represent Nancy Russell because she is a very significant person in the Gorge’s history, and not enough people know about the incredible things she has done. Nancy did not give up and I can’t help but respect that.”

Klahre House is the alternative school program of The Next Door, a local nonprofit whose mission is opening doors to new possibilities by strengthening children and families and improving communities.

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