Rebecca Parker - M.S. & H.S. Art
My interest in fine arts came to me at a remarkably young age. I was fortunate enough to have excellent art teachers throughout my childhood and on to adulthood. After receiving my Associates of Arts Degree from Sierra College in Rocklin, California, my family relocated to Juneau, Alaska. I earned my Bachelor of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Fine Arts at the University of Alaska Southeast. While in college, I opened my art business and began to sell and show my work throughout the West Coast. During my residence in Juneau, I had the privilege to work for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. There, I facilitated J.A.H.C.'s growing art program for at-risk Native Alaskan children. The program was a rewarding and unique experience for both the children it served and the arts community it touched.
At the end of 1998, my husband and I moved from Alaska to Kitsap County and have been blessed here ever since. My husband opened a financial services business in Silverdale, Washington and I continued my art career selling at Pike Place Market, expanded my wholesale clients and exhibited my work at select galleries. During this time, I also substitute taught in the North Kitsap School District, taught private and group art lessons, and most recently, substitute taught at Gateway Christian Schools where both of our children attend. My years of experience as a practicing artist will add a real-life perspective to young, aspiring artists and those students searching for a creative outlet.
Art education is an integral piece of a student’s cognitive, social, emotional and creative growth. My goal is to create a space for students to feel confident to explore their artistic abilities while expanding their knowledge of diverse art mediums and techniques. I truly believe creating art provides a much-needed respite for school-aged children. My desire for Crosspoint art students is to stretch their definition of art, find their artistic voice, build their creative self-confidence and strengthen their community through art in a Christian environment.
“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)