Peterson Elementary School students present special artwork Friday with live music and three auctions Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. at the school.

The event marks the culmination of two weeks the students have worked with artist in residence Evon Zerbetz. In a program sponsored by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Ketchikan-based artist and illustrator showed kindergarten through fifth grade classes how to produce their own books.

“It was putting the children through their paces illustrating their own writing,” she said.

That meant brainstorming ideas, making thumbnail sketches, and storyboarding — the same process Zerbetz uses for her own work. The Peterson classes produced more than 100 books.

This is a return to Kodiak for Zerbetz, who taught here last year, but stayed only a few days at each area school. Peterson students remember that visit.

“Some of them are using the language and using the terms we used last year,” Zerbetz said.

Friday’s show has the theme “Birds in Flight.” Visitors can meet Zerbetz and see the students’ art, and also enjoy refreshments and live music by Logan Cole and Josh Olson. Three auctions will offer art, baked goods and quilts made with original art by the Peterson classes.

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