Creative Arts Festival Is May 22

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Stephanie Sona setting up the display panels for the Arts Festival.
Stephanie Sona setting up the display panels for the Arts Festival.
Verona High School students will once again exhibit their creative endeavors from this year’s curricular and extracurricular activities on Wednesday evening May 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through 10 a.m. Thursday morning May 23. 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 auditorium.

The event is sponsored by the VHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society and honor society officers Stephanie Sona, Emily Gagliostro, Julia Frazee, Ellen Aracil, and Tina Flores will co-chair the evening’s activities. 
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.

All of the displays will be set up in the new gym. The evening will feature creative projects made in numerous departments at VHS: art and graphics; woodworking and CAD; English literature; world languages; history; business; mathematics, science and technology. The Verona High School chapter of the NAHS will sell student made ceramic tiles and necklaces as a fundraising event. Art students will demonstrate hand and face painting.

The theme of this year’s festival is portraiture, and art students explored the human face both in their drawings and in their tempera paintings. Glass mosaics and ceramics are also on display. The glass used in the mosaics was donated by S.A. Bendheim, a wholesale glass distributor in Passaic, N.J. Anthony Nicosia, a father of two VHS graduates, arranged this generous donation. Mirror and colored glass was also donated by Clinton Glass in Verona.

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 Ella Yarmo Gray will be playing the piano in the new gym throughout the evening. At 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium, the VHS Spotlight Players will perform student-directed one-act plays.

The invitation and poster for the Creative Arts Festival was designed by graphic arts teacher Amy Grossman. The VHS SCA helped to make this evening possible through its generous donation to the Creative Arts Festival Committee.

Ceramic tiles made by VHS arts students
Ceramic tiles made by VHS arts students.
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