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Sauvie Island Academy students express creativity during inaugural 'Sauvie Island Paint Night'

A group of 24 students at Sauvie Island Academy participated in the inaugural “Sauvie Island Paint Night” Friday, Feb. 5.

The event was organized by Kim Henrie, an art teacher at Sauvie Island Academy, who said she wanted to create an event that would help fund the school’s art program.

For $20, students who participated in paint night recieved a canvas to paint on and step-by-step directions from Henrie about how to paint a sunrise scene. Children from kindergarten through sixth grade participated, with students adding their own style to the paintings.

Henrie plans to organize more paint night events and make the fundraiser an annual occasion.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Kim Henrie, an art teacher at Sauvie Island Academy, explains what students should paint on their canvases first. The 24 students who signed up for the art night all painted a sunrise behind the Sauvie Island Bridge, with each piece reflecting each student's style.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Slater Smith, a kindergarten student, focuses on his painting Friday, Feb. 5. Students who participated in the event ranged from kindergarten to sixth grade.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Cameron Dierdorff, a second grader, works on painting a river beneath his sunrise. Kim Henrie, an art teacher at Sauvie Island Academy, said she hopes to make paint nights an annual event at the school.