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Verona High School students will once again exhibit their creative endeavors from this year’s curricular and extracurricular activities on Wednesday, May 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 24. Parents, families, friends, VHS graduates and the community are all invited to attend the annual event, which will be held in the front lobby, the new gym and the cafeteria.

The event is sponsored by the VHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society and honor society officers Hannah Dayan, Katie Egan, Rory Duarte and Dan Banks will co-chair the evening’s activities. All VHS art and graphics students will participate by exhibiting their artwork, helping with workshops, and by setting up the displays and decorations for the evening. Terry Sherman, the art teacher, is the faculty adviser for the event.

Hannah Dayan and Dan Banks prepare displays for the show.

All of the displays will be set up in the new gym. The evening will feature creative projects made in numerous departments at VHS, including art and graphics, woodworking and CAD, English literature, world languages, history, business and marketing, mathematics, and science and technology.

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The theme of this year’s festival is Pop Art, and it explores the connections between art and culture. The art exhibition features many drawings and tempera paintings of common household everyday objects, often bigger than life, inspired by the pop artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jim Dine. Glass mosaics are also on display. The glass used in the mosaics was donated by S.A. Bendheim, a wholesale glass distributor in Passaic. Anthony Nicosia, a father of two VHS graduates, arranged this generous donation. Mirror and colored glass was also donated by Clinton Glass in Verona.

Art students will be demonstrating face and hand decoration. Fused glass necklaces and earrings made in the art room will be sold as a fund raiser for the Verona Chapter of the National Art Honor Society.

The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the front lobby with instrumental and vocal performances by VHS band and choral students under the direction of Amanda Hamilton, Judy Szybist, Max Morden and Erik Lynch. VHS student Dan Li will be playing the piano in the new gym throughout the evening. At 8:15 p.m. in the cafeteria, the VHS Spotlight Players, under the guidance of DanaAhmuty, will perform student-directed one-act plays. In the broadcast journalism room the VHS Film Club, advised by Robert Cashill, will present student-produced videos.

The invitation and poster for the Creative Arts Festival was designed by art/graphics student Meg Burnham. The VHS SCA helped to make this evening possible through its generous donation to the Creative Arts Festival Committee.

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