Creative Arts Festival At VHS May 20


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Mikayla Kiefer finishes her mosaic for the festival.
Mikayla Kiefer finishes her mosaic for the festival.
Verona High School students will once again exhibit their creative endeavors from this year’s curricular and extracurricular activities on Wednesday, May 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 21. 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, the old gym and the auditorium.

The event is sponsored by the VHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society and honor society officers Ariane Duhaney, Sarah Madigan, Andie Baird, and Gabe Riccitelli will coordinate 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.

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; digital photography; woodworking and CAD; English literature; world languages; history, business; mathematics and technology. Math teacher Robert Cashill will be challenging students with mathematics games in the new gym.

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The art exhibition features pencil, charcoal and ink drawings and still-life watercolor and tempera paintings inspired by artist Marilyn Rose’s watercolor demonstration in the art room this past year. It also features ceramics and glass mosaics. The colored 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 gift. Throughout the year, Clinton Glass in Verona has generously donated mirror and colored glass used by students in their mosaics.

Art students will be demonstrating hand and face decorating in the new gym. Hand-painted flower pots, with herbs and flowers from the VHS greenhouse, will be sold as a fund-raiser for the VHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Julia Capuano, president of the Environmental Club, has helped the National Art Honor Society students by overseeing the planting and growing of these plants in the VHS greenhouse.

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. At 8 p.m. in the old gym, Fashion Club members, under the guidance of Helene McKelvey-McLaughlin, will present a fashion show. At 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium, the VHS Spotlight Players, under the guidance of Fran Young, will perform student directed one-act plays. VHS student Ella Yarmo-Gray will be playing the piano in the new gym throughout the evening.

The invitation and poster for the Creative Arts Festival was designed by art/graphics student Ariane Duhaney. Fifteen new display boards and maroon tablecloths for the Art Department were donated by the Verona Education Association. The VHS SCA generously donated to the Festival as well. The arts festival organizers are extremely appreciative of the organizations and individuals who contributed to the evening’s exhibitions and activities.

Ariane Duhaney designed the festival's poster and invitation.
Ariane Duhaney designed the festival’s poster and invitation.

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