Academy Graduates Honored

Six students were in the first graduating class from the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art (KAFA) and received their Certificate of Completion at a reception held at the Barnsite Gallery in Kewaunee. The students completed a rigorous three to four year program that included two and a half years of figure drawing before they entered their oil painting curriculum.

The class included Pam Clausen, Kewaunee; Karen Cook, Sister Bay; Molly Johnson, Denmark; Linda VanBeek, Green Bay; Phyllis Verhyen, Greenleaf; and Mark Zelten, Green Bay.

The reception also honored students who have attended the academy and have fulfilled their personal goals and are actively pursuing painting careers. They include David Bliven, Appleton; Lynn DeNamur, Algoma; Jeff Hargreaves, Appleton; Soirsce Kastner, Fish Creek; Betty Proper, Appleton; Karen Stewart, DePere; and Buttons Wolst, Fish Creek.

The curriculum is developed and designed by Artistic Director, Craig Blietz and implemented through his staff of artists including, Lori Beringer, Plymouth; Ken DeWaard, Viroqua; Amy Lloyd, Chicago; Steve Ohlrich, Milwaukee; Bonnie Paruch, Sister Bay; and Bren Siblisky, Algoma.

KAFA, founded in 2005, is dedicated to the highest level of instruction in drawing and painting for students wishing to pursue careers as professional artists. It is one of twelve classical training Academies in the world.

For further information contact Dick Bell 920.388.4391.