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Day: February 20, 2013

A madrigal feast is coming

McNary High School choir students make a dinner presentation at the 2012 Knight of Song Madrigal Dinner. Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 event at mcnaryfinearts.org. (Submitted photo)
McNary High School choir students make a dinner presentation at the 2012 Knight of Song Madrigal Dinner. Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 event at mcnaryfinearts.org. (Submitted photo)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The instructors and students of McNary High School Fine Arts Department are hoping Keizerites find time and some extra cash and bring both along to the fourth annual Knight of Song dinner and auction March 9.

“We want the folks to see what McNary is doing now. We’re the size of a small town and come see what we do and support the skills that they learn and can turn into a career,” said Jim Taylor, McNary choir director.

The annual event, which supported primarily choir students in the past, is now supporting multiple arts programs for the Celtics. Tickets are $35 and on sale at mcnaryfinearts.org or at the school.


For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 15 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.

Keizer woman needs you to kickstart her art

Artist Martha LeTarte is seeking funds to produce a collection of her work titled my comic book life. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Artist Martha LeTarte is seeking funds to produce a collection of her work titled my comic book life. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes 

When Keizerite Martha Letarte realized her Kickstarter campaign needed a video, she set up her laptop to record one and put it high enough that the viewer wouldn’t see the brush in her hands.

“I needed to have something in my hands so that they weren’t flying all over the video. I ended up breaking off a half dozen of the teeth because I was so nervous,” LeTarte said.

The sort of forthrightness required of LeTarte to make a pitch for her project, an art book featuring 70 painted and illustrated panels telling a larger story, was exactly what she hoped to avoid when it came to raising the funds for it on Kickstarter.

She needs $4,400 to make the book a reality and turned to the website kickstarter.com to raise the money. Kickstarter is a website where the philanthropic-minded can peruse and donate to specific projects. If the project meets its overall goal, credit cards are charged and the funds go to the artist to help make it happen.


For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 15 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.