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Danville's Athenian School opening anniversary art exhibit

Showing to feature works of alumni, current and former staff

The Athenian School in Danville is continuing its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration by opening a new art exhibit this week displaying a variety of works by graduates and current and former faculty and staff.

The collection will include photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and glasswork, many of which will be available for purchase, school officials said, adding that featured artists include well-known Athenian alumni such as painter Claudia Kleefeld, mixed media artist Katina Huston and glasswork artist Ferdinand Thieriot.

The opening reception, which is open to the public, is set to start at 6 p.m. Wednesday in The Commons Building of the campus, located at 2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.

The exhibit will remain open through Dec. 11, and the public can view it during school hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, according to school officials. People hoping to view the showing after the opening reception must first check in at the reception desk.

The Athenian School is an accredited college preparatory private boarding and day school for just under 500 students in sixth through 12th grades at a 75-acre campus at the base of Mount Diablo in eastern Danville.

The private school first opened Sept. 12, 1965, and it is honoring the 50th anniversary throughout this school year.

The anniversary art exhibit includes work by alumni Barbara Laing from the class of 1976, Peggy Peattie from '77, Bryan Johnson-French '82, Eric Boulet '87, Johnna Arnold '91, Maggie Preston '97, Floris van Breugel '04, Pen Harshaw '05, Cary Earnest '07, Alex Mathews '07, Ashley Clark '07, Linnea Zulch '09, Cade Muelhner '09, Alex Kahn '10, Olivia Brantner '11 and Marissa Sohn '11, officials said.

Former faculty and staff set to be featured include Tom Swope, Karen Sanford, Niki Stefanelli, Marisa Vitello, Adam Thorman, Sally Baker, Virginia Mack and Joanna Davenport.

For more information on the showing, visit The Athenian School website.

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