ArtFest dazzles crowds with outstanding art plus music by Camerata, Show Choir and Quarter Notes


Emily Jefferies stands by her outstanding graphic art work in the Arts Fest.

Gini Barreda, Section and Special Features Editor

This year not only was AHN dazzled by magnificent artwork lining the courtyard and foyer, but inside the Brady Center Academy’s Show Choir, Quarter Notes, and Academy’s instrumental ensemble, Camerata, touched off the evening with their own musical dazzle.

Musical selections featured songs such as “Teenage Hearts” sung by Sophomore Ashlyn Bradshaw, acoustic “Gangnam Style” sung by Emily Ulbricht, and “Bullet Proof Love” performed by Effie Blackshear. The concert also featured an original composition titled “Wishes” by the talented Senior Arlyn Barlaan.

The performing arts group blew away the audience with songs featuring the gifted Quarter Notes Show Choir. This vocal ensemble brought the audience to their feet after singing “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent, “I Can’t Fight this Feeling” from Glee, and “Les Miserables.”

The student-produced artwork displayed throughout the walls of Academy were admired by all who walked through and some pieces were even available for purchase. Students in all classes, from Art 2D to Ceramics, decorated every inch of the lobby and courtyard with their beautiful creations. The tour through the display was accompanied by musical selections from Academy’s Camerata.

Junior Emily Rodriguez, an AP Art History student, gushed in excitement as she explained her favorite piece of art.
“There was a tea cup set that is black and blue Made in square shapes. there was just something about it, I guess I just like fragmented cubes!”

The theme of water conservation, reoccurring from last year, allowed students who were not in art classes to also put forth their own work in the art show. Students in English classes wrote short poems about water conservation on a long, colorful streamer. These streamers were then hung in the courtyard, giving the environment a more flavorful look.

This spectacular art show could not have been possible without the time and effort of Mrs. Sharon West. As head of the Art Department, Mrs. West spent a great deal of time making sure all decorations and details were prepared for the evening of the event.

Mrs. West appreciated the hard work and dedication of all the art student involved in the Arts Fest this year.
“I think the Arts Fest had an overall successful turn out and good response. Girls presented their work well and it was a nice showcase for their efforts and hard work in art.”