Etcetera - 02/23/11

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A former Walla Walla resident now living in La Grande dropped by the Feb. 8 Milton-Freewater Rotary Club to talk about his work.

Walla Walla High School alum Kevin Boylan grew up here then studied art at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

That's where he honed skills in wood carving, metal sculpting, stained glass art and some work in glass blowing, reported Rotarian Robby Robbins.

Kevin graduated in 2003 from EOU and joined good friend Tom Dimond at Dimond Art Glass in Cove, Ore.

Continuing to develop his skills in glasswork, Kevin eventually produced some pieces that have been exhibited at Pendleton Art Center, Carnegie Art Center in Walla Walla and at Crossroads Art Center in Baker, Ore.

He told the group he enjoys creating objects that inspire imagination.

"He showed us some of the hardware and tools of the trade and described how each was used," Robby wrote in his report.

Kevin had glassware samples to show the group. The glass is bought in rod form of about 1 inch in diameter in clear and other colors. It also comes in glass chips that can be used to melt into glass or other art work, and in powder form.

The electric furnace to melt the glass operates at between 2,100 and 2,500 degrees and runs for about 3-4 weeks at a time to maintain an even temperature and reduce operating costs, Kevin said.

Kevin can be reached at 541-910-3510. For more about M-F Rotary, contact Robby at 541-938-6523 or robby@valint.net .

Katie Krivoshein was among the students at Boise State University to make the dean's list.

A freshman at BSU, Katie graduated in 2010 from Walla Walla High School. She is the daughter of Scott and Renee Krivoshein of Walla Walla.

Walla Walla High School's winter athletic teams scored big in the classroom, the Feb. 11 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

Twelve of the 14 winter sports teams earned Washington Interscholastic Activities Association awards for academic accomplishments.

WIAA awards are based on the teams' combined GPA for first semester of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Two of the teams just missed WIAA awards with 2.988 and 2.926 GPAs. Awards went to the following teams and include their coaches' names: Outstanding Team Award 3.5-plus: Boys Freshman "B" Basketball, coaches Steve Gwinn and Doug Venerri; Girls Varsity Basketball, coaches Jill Meliah and Anne Bickelhaupt; JV Girls Basketball, coach Conor Fish; Freshmen Girls Basketball, coach Marnie Johnson.

Distinguished Team Award 3.0-3.499: JV Boys Basketball, coach Gary Peasley; Sophomore Boys Basketball, coach Keith Michels; Freshmen "A" Boys Basketball, coach Rich Gwinn; Girls "C" Basketball, coach Elaina Renius; Varsity Wrestling, coaches Clayton Hudiburg and John Butenhoff; Boys Swimming, coaches Brad Daly and April Brown; Cheer, coach Cathy Rasley; and Dance, coach Abby Muro.

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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