The Soldotna Rotary Club, in partnership with the Soldotna ARTSpace, and the City of Soldotna, worked diligently to install an avenue for aspiring artists to showcase their work to the public.
 
Of the frontal shots that include two cases, the case on the left includes the photos from the Picture Greater Soldotna photo contest while the case on the right includes the first place photos of Thomas Minelga (left half of case) and the second place work by Wade Wahrenbrock (right side of case).
 
SOLDOTNA ART PARK:  Soldotna Rotary Club, ARTSpace, and contractor Kelly Keating,
designed and installed a permanent outdoor art exhibit facility at Soldotna Creek Park consisting four permanent outdoor display cases, each 4 feet high by 8 feet wide, and grouped back-to-back within two treated wood frames.  It’s suitable for  several simultaneous exhibits during warmer months and, given its low continuing cost, particularly appropriate for the display of curated high school and college student art. Soldotna Creek Park, a large, open park on the Kenai River and with excellent natural views, is a high-traffic center of  community activities involving both residents and summer visitors. Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague opened and dedicated the art park on October 24, 2015.  The outdoor displays in this high-traffic area have attracted strong attention and favorable comment from the public. Practical details about this installation and best practices may be obtained via Email to kashi@alaska.net . Basic display cases cost Soldotna Rotary less than $4,000 excluding Rotarian-donated ADA-approved  walkway rock, wood frame, and the labor and construction equipment required for installation. Long-term costs and upkeep are minimal. The left photo shows the front area facing toward the main portion of Soldotna Creek Park while the photo on the right shows one  rear display case facing parking for the adjacent children’s playground, which has art oriented more toward young children and their parents. 

 

The ARTSpace free DYI copyright workshop for visual artists and writers follows at 2pm at the Soldotna Library.

 

Jason Floyd  will bring his  coffee cart at the park opening and we will have free snacks.

 

Displays include work by:

 

Thomas Minelga, first place in both RR Fine Art photography body of contest AND Picture Greater Soldotna contest

Sue Bigs, first place winner of single image fine art photo contest

Wade Wahrenbrock, second place in RR Fine Art photography body of contest

Shun Adachi, second place in Picture Greater Soldotna contest

Liam Floyd, third place in RR Fine Art photography body of contest

Brian Moore, third place in Picture Greater Soldotna contest

Sue Lee, honorable mention in RR Fine Art photography body of contest

 

Paintings by Amy Kruse and Kaitlin Vadla