Stark, Har­ing re­ceive alumni hon­ors

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Kutz­town Area School Dis­trict Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion an­nounce the re­cip­i­ents of the 2018 Dis­tin­guished Alumni of the Year, Julie Stark and the late Keith Har­ing. They will be honored at a re­cep­tion at Mose­lem Springs Coun­try Club on June 5, 5 to 7 p.m. Stark will also de­liver the com­mence­ment ad­dress to Kutz­town Area High School’s grad­u­at­ing class of 2018 on June 8.

Stark, Class of 1979, stud­ied fine art at Kutz­town Univer­sity and then moved to New York City for 10 years work­ing in pho­tog­ra­phy, ad­ver­tis­ing and tele­vi­sion, and later be­gan do­ing dig­i­tal com­posit­ing, which led to ex­plor­ing other work in visual ef­fects. She then moved to Los Angeles and worked in

visual ef­fects in the film in­dus­try for 25 years.

While work­ing in LA, she contributed to and worked on no­table Academy Award win­ning films in­clud­ing “The Golden Com­pass” Os­car for Best Achievement in Visual Ef­fects in 2008, “Happy Feet” Os­car for Best An­i­mated Fea­ture in 2007, and “Django Un­chained” Os­car for Best Orig­i­nal Screen­play and Best Per­for­mance by an ac­tor in a sup­port­ing role” in 2013. She was also a mem­ber of the team at Rhythm and Hues Stu­dios that won a 2013 Os­car for Best Visual Ef­fects for the film “Life of Pi.” Iron­i­cally, two weeks af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated for the 2013 Os­car, the com­pany filed for bankruptcy. The com­pany sub­se­quently was sold to a firm in In­dia.

Not want­ing to move over­seas, Julie started a raw juice busi­ness. She had been juic­ing in her kitchen for years and had been a vege­tar­ian since she was 14 but she truly started de­vel­op­ing recipes when her son broke his jaw. Her recipes not only helped her son with the heal­ing process but they were also very pop­u­lar with friends. She had found a new pas­sion. Mov­ing back to Berks County in 2013, Stark Juice LLC was es­tab­lished in Kemp­ton in 2014 to pro­duce a line of raw and un­pas­teur­ized juices made from seasonal, fresh, cold pressed fruits and veg­eta­bles.

Har­ing, Class of 1976, de­vel­oped a love for draw­ing at a very early age, learn­ing ba­sic car­toon­ing skills from his fa­ther and from the pop­u­lar cul­ture around him, such as Dr. Seuss and Walt Dis­ney. Har­ing en­rolled in the Ivy School of Pro­fes­sional Art in Pitts­burgh, a com­mer­cial arts school. He soon re­al­ized that he had lit­tle in­ter­est in be­com­ing a com­mer­cial graphic artist and, af­ter two semesters, dropped out. While in Pitts­burgh, Keith con­tin­ued to study on his own and in 1978 had a solo ex­hi­bi­tion at the Pitts­burgh Arts and Crafts Cen­ter. Later that same year, he moved to New York City and en­rolled in the School of Visual Arts. In New York, Har­ing found a thriv­ing al­ter­na­tive art com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ing out­side the gallery and mu­seum sys­tem, in the down­town streets, sub­ways and spa­ces in clubs and for­mer dance halls. Keith was de­ter­mined to de­vote his ca­reer to cre­at­ing truly pub­lic art.

Har­ing be­came one of the most renowned artists of the late 20th cen­tury. His unique, eas­ily rec­og­niz­able style quickly be­came pop­u­lar around the world. Through his art, Keith com­mented on the so­cio-po­lit­i­cal is­sues im­por­tant to him, and the mes­sages he con­veyed in his art were just as im­por­tant as the medium. He be­lieved that art is for every­one and made his work freely avail­able in pub­lic places, at that same time gal­leries and mu­se­ums ex­hib­ited his work. He con­ducted art work­shops with chil­dren, cre­ated lo­gos and posters for pub­lic ser­vice agen­cies, and pro­duced mu­rals, sculp­tures, and paintings to ben­e­fit health cen­ters and dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties. Prior to his death in 1990, Har­ing es­tab­lished a foun­da­tion charged with con­tin­u­ing his phil­an­thropic and artis­tic legacy. The Foun­da­tion sup­ports not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions that as­sist un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren, as well as or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved in ed­u­ca­tion, re­search, and care re­lated to AIDS.

Dur­ing the Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion meet­ing, of­fi­cers were elected for a one year term: Pres­i­dent, Ben­jamin N. Haas; Vi­cePres­i­dent, Colonel (USMC Re­tired) Steve Fen­ster­ma­cher; Sec­re­tary, Lynn Si­lan; Trea­surer, Michele Zimmerman. The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor con­tin­ues to be Dr. Brenda Win­kler.

Founded in 2000, the Kutz­town Area School Dis­trict Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion is an in­de­pen­dent, pri­vate non-profit 501(c)(3) or­ga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to en­hance ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties in the dis­trict’s schools and to rec­og­nize the su­pe­rior achieve­ments of dis­trict stu­dents and alumni. It has raised more than $1,000,000 for schol­ar­ships and also man­ages monies re­ceived through the Penn­syl­va­nia Ed­u­ca­tional Im­prove­ment Tax Credit Pro­gram which en­ables the dis­trict to pur­chase tech­nol­ogy equip­ment not cov­ered by lo­cal tax dol­lars. Through the past year, those monies to­tal more than $330,000 in do­na­tions.

For more about the Foun­da­tion, call 610-683-7361, ext. 5105 or visit www.kas­d­ed­foun­da­tion.org.

PHOTO BY TSENG KWONG CHI, 1987

Keith Har­ing

Julie Stark

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