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Right Brain: Jennifer Kleckner

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Jennifer Kleckner has been playing the piano since the tender age of 7. Why’d she start? Because her mother and grandmother played before her. The Summit High student, who graduates in May, will perform a senior recital Sunday.Kleckner will take off soon for Bozeman, Mont., where she plans to study architecture at Montana State University. Her music teacher, Maxine Olson, wants her to minor in music, but she said she’ll have to wait until orientation to find out if she’ll have time.She said her interest in the field may have come from family influence; her father is a landscaper, her mother an interior designer and she saw her grandfather build a house at a young age.Kleckner works at Luna’s Beads and Glass in Frisco, which helps support her hobby of beading. Currently she’s in a metal work class at SHS.”In school, any classes that have to do with art, I’ll do,” she said.The recital will be 5-6:30 p.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center and the community is invited to attend.

What are your dreams/what would you like to do with your art?I want to become an architect because of the creative aspects and maybe in the future own my own business filled with all my hobbies.What does art give you/why do you do it?Art helps me relieve stress. Also it helps give me some “me time.” When I am doing an arts and crafts project I feel relaxed. The only time art is stressful is when it has a deadline. What do you try to convey through your art?

I try to convey my personality and emotions at that moment like when I am angry I tend to play a little faster and louder. What is/has been your biggest challenge, and how do/did you deal with it?Finding originality is the most difficult. I have found a lot of artwork that I really like and when I need to create I tend to go back to them using bits and pieces. As a result, I make things that I have never seen before like one of my newest creations was guitar pick earrings and belts out of real guitar picks.What are you most proud of regarding your art (and/or greatest accomplishment)?My greatest accomplishment was this year learning and playing 14 songs on piano and of course playing a senior recital.

How do you stay fresh/motivated?Creativity comes in spurts but I keep a schedule for piano playing four days a week. Also, the more stressed out I am the more I want to create and relax. What do you do when you’re not making art?When I am not doing art I am either working at the local bead store (Luna’s Beads and Glass), finishing homework, at school or having a Girl Scout meeting. It is a wonder I get any artwork done with such a busy schedule.


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