Matt plays congas along with one of his student jazz ensembles during the Dunn School Auction at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum.
The results were stunning, with paintings touching on everything from physical and cyber bullying to the families of soldiers and the plight of female workers in China. “They’re all very powerful pieces,” says Yaki. “I’m pretty happy with these kids.” They’re happy to have her as a teacher as well. During a recent art show, sophomore Elana Field
Nancy poses with student art inside the Sinclaire Art Studios on Dunn School’s upper campus.
included this written statement along with her displayed artwork: “Nancy Yaki seems to almost pull the potential out of students. She knows that every student can do what she assigns and she makes you believe this yourself, even when you are the most doubtful… Nancy Yaki has shaped me into an artist that is confident in my work and I can never thank her enough for that.”
A nationally acclaimed artist since high school, Nancy Yaki studied at Wesleyan University and the Paier School of Art. Her paintings have graced the pages of numerous publications as well as the walls of appreciative art lovers. Most recently, Yaki was awarded 2nd place by the International Society of Acrylic Painters for her piece titled, “El Capitan State Park.” Her piece, “Canopy of Halos,” was the top choice for Syracuse Cultural Workers 2013 publications, and she was a finalist in the landscape division of the 2011, 28th Annual International Art Competition held by The Artist’s Magazine. She will also be featured in an upcoming book by celebrity photographer Mark Halper, highlighting 71 artists of Santa Barbara County. continued next page
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COVER STORY Wilderness Warriors – Dunn students venture into the outdoors for education of a different kind.