On Monday Nov. 16, a new work of Art was unveiled at Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School- “Home of the Raiders:” a 10-foot long, three-foot high mosaic mural which was built by the entire student body and teachers at the school.
The project was part of the “Arts in Education” of the Oregon Coast Children’s Theatre & Art Center based out of Toledo, Oregon now in its 25th year of bringing fine art and theatre art to Oregon Students.
The center of the mural shows a Raven-“Raider” sitting on a Manzanita Branch made of Petrified Wood, with the twin rocks of Rockaway Beach in the background.
The image is at sunset surrounded by an oval frame of real seashells.
The center of the mural was designed by staff artist Jac Genovese, Ceramic and Mosaic Design by Lawrence Adrian, Artistic Director.
The side images were drawn by Middle School students and were selected from student artists at the school.
The mosaic was done in ceramic tile, Italian glass, rock and stone, shell, and stained glass and was placed in the main hallway of the school below the second story staircase.
The mural is the 58th work of public art created by the educational art organization that has done works of public art in seven Western States.
The Charity is based in Toledo, but has directors in Lincoln and Tillamook County. Principal financial support was by the Mudd Nick Foundation based in Manzanita.
The Arts in Education Projects of OCCT/OCCCA are supported by Trust Management Services, LLC, The Ford Family Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, The Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, and the Flowerree Foundation.
The project was done for the school free of charge thanks to foundation supporters and donors around Oregon. For more information about free programs for schools and community organizations contact the charity at(oregoncoastchildrenstheatre).