Senior Art Show: Katie's Kronicles

by Sonya Vecchiarelli '08

Each senior art major enrolled in the art portfolio class displays his or her individual showcase for two weeks during the semester, displaying unique and creative talent.

Katie VanEssen '06 created a show that was especially unique from most others. For her exhibition, she combined her artwork with literature. VanEssen wrote and illustrated four children’s books with themes and analogies intended to teach young children. The books were read by Van Essen's roommate, MacKenzie Marsh ’06, every 15 minutes during the opening reception on February 7.

VanEssen's stories addressed some of the issues and struggles that she faced as a child, as well as challenges she continues to face. She felt that God was leading her to illustrate and write children's books.

Each book starts with a short Bible verse that is applicable to the story. “I hope the children not only read what I say, but read the Word of God and learn His Word as well," said VanEssen. "Children are so vulnerable and I believe books are a powerful window. Hopefully my message will witness to them and change their lives.” These books not only can benefit children, but also anyone who is searching for truth in God’s word.

Katie's exhibition will be featured in APU's art gallery from February 6-17.