Alaska Star story tells of library's dragon artwork memorializing Withrow '02
A story in the Alaska Star of Eagle River, near Anchorage, notes the appearance of a “new resident in the children’s area of the Chugiak-Eagle River Library. A sweet-faced, multi-colored dragon floats over the bookshelves, chasing stars. The dragon’s body wraps onto the back side of the 15-foot-long, three-panel banner, his long tail curling beyond his taloned rear feet.”
The banner is a memorial to the late Jessie Withrow ’02, killed on July 4, 2000, by a drunk driver while riding her bicycle near her Anchorage home.
“A dragon seemed to suit the magical kind of person she was.”
Her mother, Wendy, commissioned the artwork, which was created by artist Amy Meissner. “Jessie had a lovely imagination and loved fantasy novels,” Meissner said. “A dragon seemed to suit the magical kind of person she was.”
True to Withrow’s creative spirit, Meissner assembled materials for the banner from secondhand stores. “Secondhand materials feed my creativity and support my philosophy of using what is around me in my art.” View story from the Alaska Star, April 6, 2011.