Art walk focuses on youth
Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk presents “Youth Art: One Night Under One Roof” for its March event Friday.
Art, music, mimes, improv theater, food and more are planned from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Fairfield Public Library.
The event, sponsored by Iowa State Bank & Trust Company, is an opportunity to view and experience the talent and creativity of Fairfield’s youth for one night under one roof. No admission is charged and the event is open to the public.
Fairfield elementary, middle and high schools, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and the Fairfield Home School Association are participating in the event, and the art walk organizers want to acknowledge the dedication of teachers who have encouraged and coaxed passion for the arts and a creative spirit from their students.
More than 80 works of art from kindergarten through 12th-grade students will be on display from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the main library. Works are from the students of Deb Finney, Alicia Carradus, Holly McDow, David Kraemer, Susan Chipman and Jan and Greg Thatcher. A mix of two- and three- dimensional art consisting of watercolor, acrylic, mixed media and ceramic will be on display through March 8 in the library.
An artists reception is planned from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the library, with appetizers provided by the students of Heidi Grunwald’s Fairfield High School home sciences class.
Musical performances by the students of FHS teachers Jim Edgeton and Zach Reiter and the MSAE students of Tim Walker are planned throughout the evening in the library.
The high school students of Kevin Hosbond, Fred Hucke and Ben Estey will demonstrate a variety of performing arts from 6-9:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Performances will consist of mime and musical theater, readers theater, improv groups and “Individual Speaker’s Night” performances.
Schedule at a Glance
Youth Art Gallery: 6-9 p.m., FHS and MSAE students of Jim Edgeton, Zach Reiter and Tim Walker — Musical performances throughout the night.
Youth Art Reception: 6-9 p.m., with food prepared by FHS students of Heidi Grunwald’s home science class.
Youth Art Performances: 6:30-7 p.m., Kevin Hosbond and FHS mime and musical theater; 7-7:30 p.m., Fred Hucke and FHS readers theater; 7:30-8p.m., Ben Estey and MSAE improv groups; and 8-9:30 p.m., Fred Hucke and FHS “Individual Speaker’s Night” performances.
For more information on Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, an Iowa Tourism Event of the Year and recipient of the Iowa Tourism Office’s Tourism and the Arts award event, contact Dania De Bortoli at 233-8883, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.FairfieldArtWalk.org.
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