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VHS Creative Arts Festival June 1

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Amanda Gannon and Sydney Watkins are painting pots for the Festival.
Amanda Gannon and Sydney Watkins are painting pots for the Festival.

Verona High School students will once again exhibit their creative endeavors from this year’s curricular and extracurricular activities on Wednesday, June 1, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view the morning of June 2 from 8 to 10 a.m. Parents, families, friends, VHS graduates and the community are all invited to attend the annual event, which will be held at Verona High School.

Marisa Lakin gets ready for the show.
Marisa Lakin gets ready for the show.

The event is sponsored by the VHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society and art honor society officers Gabriella Coppola, Sydney Watkins, Jenna Nesto, Marisa Lakin and Liz Kenlan will coordinate the evening’s activities. All VHS art and graphics students will participate by exhibiting their artwork, by face painting, and by setting up the displays and decorations for the evening. Terry Sherman, the art teacher, is the faculty adviser for the event. Chrissy Sciacchitano, the graphic arts teacher, designed the invitation.

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; architecture, woodworking and CAD; English literature; mathematics and world languages.

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The art exhibition features still­ lifes and self­ portraits created in a wide variety of media. Hand-built ceramics pieces such as mugs, plates, boxes and animals are displayed as well as glass and ceramic mosaics. Sincere thanks to Clinton Glass in Verona for their generous donation of mirror and colored glass.

Cianna Winkler (front) with Marisa Lakin, working on ceramics.
Cianna Winkler (front) with Marisa Lakin, working on ceramics.

Art students will be doing hand and face painting in the new gym. Hand-­painted flower pots with flowers in them will be sold by the National Art Honor Society as a fundraiser to benefit the Make-­A-­Wish Foundation. Sincere thanks to Hillcrest Farms for their donation of flowers for our pots. In addition, everyone is welcome to paint Hearts of Hope with F.N. Brown art teacher Joni Jasterzbski and VHS art students.

The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the front lobby with vocal performances by VHS students under the direction of Claire Ma and Judy Szybist. Instrumental performances will be under the direction of Erik Lynch, Ryan Wiemken and Max Morden. At 8:30 p.m., the VHS Spotlight Players, under the guidance of Fran Young, will perform student-directed one-­act plays.

Sincere thanks to the NJEA Pride in Education funding that the VHS art department received to help support this Festival. We are also grateful for the continual monetary support that the Festival receives from our own VHS SCA that goes toward supplies, decorations and materials needed each year to put the show together.

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