Celebrate the Arts Night

By Madison Hakey | The Charlotte News

CVU’s eighth annual Celebrate the Arts Night welcomed students, staff and families to a night of brush strokes, singing, robots and much more. Over 450 pieces were on display from students enrolled in arts courses, with CVU’s Jazz Ensemble, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Madrigal Singers all in attendance. With a nod to the younger artists of the region, this year marked the first time that local middle schools were included in the evening. Allen Brook, Williston Central, Charlotte Central, Hinesburg Community and Shelburne Community schools all had about 20 pieces on display. Allen Brook, Williston Central, and Shelburne Community presented an array of artwork while Hinesburg Community displayed sculpted masks and Charlotte Central presented a variety of scratch art.

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CVU robot performs tricks for a crowd of students and their families before the band concert begins. Photo: Madison Hakey

Some crowd favorites were the showcased photography, the AP Art students who were working on life-size portraits, and the performances put on by the band, which drew a large crowd because it played in the auditorium and at the main entrance of the school. The music caught the guests’ ears as they meandered past.

For some AP Art students, the experience of being observed during their work was a bit strange. Anna Georgsdottir, a senior from Shelburne, said, “Usually I’m in my room when I’m drawing with no one around. It’s a lot different having people see me.”

On the flip side, senior Becca DeCamp from Williston, said, “I usually have people watching me during free block, so it’s not much different for me.”

Some guests were curious enough to ask questions, while others just stood back and watched. Erin Bundock, another senior from Shelburne, said “It’s interesting to see people’s reactions while I work. I’m trying to figure out how to work and talk at the same time.”

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Erin Bundock, an AP art student works on a life-size self portrait. Photo: Madison Hakey

In addition to the challenge of working and discussing simultaneously, the students had difficulty drawing on dark-beige paper with colored pencils—not as easy as it seems. Bundock and DeCamp said that the skin tone is extremely hard to do because of the background color. Georgsdottir said that her biggest challenge is having to work with colored pencils, as she is used to charcoal or paint. Even with the challenges these students faced, their artwork was impressive. For all in attendance, it was a great way to end the semester.

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