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Alumni/ae Art Gallery

The Alumni/ae Art Show is an annual Reunion Weekend event held in conjunction with the All-Alumni/ae Reception. The exhibit highlights the artistic works of St. Paul Academy and Summit School alumni/ae who are celebrating a reunion. This year, the Harry M. Drake Gallery features four alumni/ae artists who graduated in a year ending in “1” or “6:" Angela Carr ’66, Claus Benjamin Freyinger ’96, Katherine Parfet ’66, and Valerie Sands ’81.

Have fun exploring the gallery below! We also encourage you to visit each individual artist page where you can read the alum's artist statement and explore their collection of work. 

ANGELA CARR ’66

Artist Statement: "Painting is my passion. It makes me feel connected to something much larger than myself. My life's experiences and perceptions provide the prescription for the lens through which I view the world. What I create is a visual commentary unique to me. Painting is my VOICE. I invite you into my world of art and ask that you use my work as a jumping off point for your own self-realization and creative expression in whatever media or field you have chosen for yourself. 

When I paint an abstract portrait, 1 weave both physical and non-physical into an intricate and colorful blend of color, line, shape and space to reveal the subtle nuances that give each of us our individuality and distinctiveness. I enjoy sharing visually the intimate rapport between my subject and myself..."

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Angela Carr ’66

Angela Carr ’66

CLAUS BENJAMIN FREYINGER ’96

Artist Statement: "Over the last six years, we have designed five houses in Los Angeles. How, we wondered, could these ideas translate from single families to larger groups of people? Could we go back to each project and double its density? Could decisions made for a single client become the basis for speculation about how to live life in as part of a multiple, near to others? Could we imagine new ways to coexist?..."

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Claus Benjamin Freyinger ’96

Claus Benjamin Freyinger ’96

Claus Benjamin Freyinger ’96

Claus Benjamin Freyinger ’96

KATHERINE PARFET ’66

Artist Statement: "I grew up in Minnesota, graduating from Summit School in 1966 and Scripps College in Southern California in 1970. I returned to the Midwest where I lived for 22 years with my husband on a farm outside of the Twin Cities. I began my career in the arts in 1972 when I started a needlepoint design business, specializing in custom work for churches, synagogues, government buildings and private clients. I received national recognition for my design line, which is still sold in shops throughout the United States. After retiring in 2000 I turned to painting, with acrylics as my favored medium. Needlepoint design was all inside the box hard edges, very controlled and meticulously painted on a grid pattern. There was no room for spontaneity. Everything had to be planned out ahead of time. So when I started to paint full time that was the one thing I knew I wanted to do -not have a plan, not look at anything as a reference, just paint..."

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Katherine Parfet ’66

Katherine Parfet ’66

Katherine Parfet ’66

Katherine Parfet ’66

Katherine Parfet ’66

Katherine Parfet ’66

VALERIE SANDS ’81

Artist Statement: "Becoming a graphic designer has been an amazing journey for me that started in my early youth. I wasn't sure of this particular calling until I had a few years doing it under my belt. Then I realized, that I was pointed in this direction all along. 

My years at SPA gave me a safe place to explore graphic design before I even knew it was for me. My art teacher, Hazel Belvo, was dedicated to the beauty of art and what it can do for your soul. She was so encouraging while I painted with acrylic on canvas using a hard edge for everything I did. The paintings I completed while at SPA were a hint of what my future held for me. 

As a graphic designer with an artist's heart, I'm continually looking to utilize my skill set to render a new art project. Whatever medium I'm working in for a client, I generally want to make something for myself..."

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Valerie Sands ’81

Valerie Sands ’81

Valerie Sands ’81