By Gabby Sorrentino, Assistant Sports Editor
Friends and families gathered to recognize the talent and hard work of the many artists in the community at the annual Evening of Fine Arts, held on on April 11. The student performers worked to put together cohesive performances that showcased their abilities, either in group acts or as individuals, and many others created unique art pieces for display in the new art studio.
Junior Ryen Miller described the process she went through when creating “Mellow Yellow,” her photo piece. “I wanted to combine my passion for photography with my passion for makeup, so I took some pictures of my beautiful makeup eye looks, and it turned out a lot better than expected,” Miller said.
The night began with a walk-through exhibit of all of the student-made art pieces during the visual arts portion of the night. Different mediums and styles from paper mâché to photography were showcased, and each one displayed the creativity and skill of its creator.
The performing arts segment of the night began with the Glee club’s rendition of “Somebody to Love” by Queen. The club was led by senior Anna Phillips and accompanied by teacher Michael Kabash and members of instrumental club.
From there, the night consisted of diverse of acts including poetry readings, monologues, comedic skits and singing. For the first time in the event’s history, a student performed an original song, as sophomore Alexa Wessel sang her own song, “Platinum Hearts.”
“I decided to do an original piece for a whole bunch of reasons… every song I had thought about doing didn’t feel right… I worked really hard on everything about that song,” Wessel said.
Then, after a brief intermission, the instrumental club performed three songs together: “Colors of the Wind” written by Judy Kuhn, “Spring Sonata” by Chopin, and “Married Life” composed by Michael Giacchino. Two of the group’s musicians, Kathleen Lee and Kelsey Cooper, also performed.
The chorus ended the night with their variations on “Something’s Coming/Tonight” by Leonard Bernstein, “A Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Benedictus.”
The event was hosted by senior and creative arts council chair Allie Witek, senior Sophia Church and junior Sophia Gana. “There is so much artistic and musical talent in this school, and my only hope for the future is that more students will share and gain support for their work,” Witek said.