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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 31, 2002

Students create canvas for Punahou Carnival

By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer

Postcards designed by members of the junior class will be available at the Punahou Carnival's art gallery.

Caribbean Cruisin'

2002 Punahou Carnival, organized by the junior class, featuring rides, games, white elephant tent, food booths, malassadas and an auction

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, Punahou School

Free admission


Until a couple of months ago, 16-year-old Keeley Cestare had never picked up a paintbrush. Now a painting she helped create is featured on a poster and a pack of greeting cards.

Many of the young artists involved with this year's Punahou Carnival poster tell the same story.

Normally, the carnival poster is created by a single professional artist, such as Peggy Chun, Doug Young or Fabienne Blanc, all of whom have provided the art in past years.

This year, in honor of the carnival's 70th anniversary, 24 students from the junior class collaborated to create two canvases in the carnival theme, "Viaje por el Caribe" (Caribbean Cruisin').

The students met every Sunday for five weeks under the tutelage of Chun. They painted while listening to steel drum music.

"It's not anything I expected," Cestare said. "It was pretty awesome to see something I worked on in print. Peggy Chun is so inspiring. She was so into it and she made art fun."

The images represent the students' take on the islands of the Caribbean: brightly plumed parrots, red sails in the sunset, bold baskets of fruit, a hammock strung between coconut trees.

The cards ($15 for a pack of 10; $20 for two packs of 10) and posters ($20 each), will be available in the carnival's art gallery this weekend.

This year, 310 artists contributed to the Punahou Carnival art gallery, said to be the largest art show in Hawai'i.