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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2017

First Fridays art walk

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Mar 06, 2017
Photo by: Nicole Major/Ledger photo The Fairtown Ramblers performed an array of folk music for patrons Friday night at Fairfield First Fridays at the Fairfield Public Library.

The Fairfield Public Library was abuzz with children’s activities, musical performances, soliloquys and visual arts Friday night during the Fairfield First Fridays art walk.

The theme for the event was “Youth Art: Celebrating Our Creative Future.”

Annually, March is celebrated as Youth Art Month, which focuses on the importance of art, quality art programs and art education for the youth in the community.

A steady stream of patrons visited throughout the night and enjoyed a variety of festivities along with an array of fresh fruit and cookies.

“They are so wonderful about celebrating the youth in our community,” said Marla Brader, director of Fairfield First Fridays about the spread of treats Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store donated for the event.

Fairfield resident Jim Davis enjoyed a plate of fresh fruit after perusing the various art displays hanging at the front of each bookshelf.

“Their work is so good!” Davis remarked about the renderings of elementary and middle school students from across the district including Maharishi University of Management, Pence Elementary, Washington Elementary and Fairfield Middle School.

Works included drawing, painting, sculpture, digital photography, pottery, wood works and various other types of art.

Davis said that he was amazed at students’ skill level when it came to computer graphics and designs.

Fairfield residents Vinh Nguyen Tran danced around with his daughters Katie and Bong to the tunes of the Fairtown Ramblers.

The Fairfield High School speech team regaled its audience with lively performances of its individual speech acts in the library’s meeting room.

FHS speech team members performed material they recently used during their last state competition.

“The creativity and dynamism of the FHS speech team was amazing,” said Gretchen Layli Jentz. “What an incredible group of young people. The committment they have toward the arts is awe-inspiring!”

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