Fine Arts Festival returns in-person

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This year’s Fine Arts Festival is spread out throughout the week rather than a weekend. The festival will start on Tuesday 12/2 and ends Friday 12/10.

The fine arts festival will return to an in-person event Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, Dec. 6 and Dec. 10. The Festival will include performances and galleries from different organizations across the district. 

“I mean, as much as technology helps and seeing things online and watching videos is cool, there’s something really different about being unable to be here, see the working person and experience it, meet the artists and read the statements,” AP 2D and Drawing Studio teacher and K-12 visual art coordinator Brice McCasland said. “It has much more of a personal connection whenever you can see work in person.”

The visual arts department will present a gallery including the work of each art student from each of the campuses. The students at all grade levels choose which pieces they would like to send to the gallery. Previously, at the elementary level, the teachers would choose which pieces to send.

“The effort put into it and the community, in general, are really special,” junior and gallery manager Simi Fadel said. “Having that and being able to present everyone’s work and effort and time is a great opportunity. I think it’s a great event. I like the amount of effort that’s put into everything. It [represents] a lot of perseverance you don’t really see outside of the gallery.”

The Fine Arts Festival was adjusted to allow people to attend the football game on Saturday along with the festival. The Festival was extended to Dec. 6 and Dec. 10.

The schedule for the Fine Arts Festival will now accommodate the football game on Saturday at The Star. The visual art gallery will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. as usual. However, performances and “Meet Santa” are scheduled to end by 11:00 A.M. The game starts at 2:30.

“We feel like it’s a good representation of the art program and the levels of the grades and how you progress as an art student at Lovejoy,” senior and gallery manager Karlee Williams said.

Along with the normal Visual Art Gallery, the Visual Arts Department will also have a K-12 evolution gallery. This gallery will display pieces of art chosen by teachers instead of the students themselves.

“There’s not any sense of replication in the work,” McCasland said. “It’s not step based. It’s not everybody paints the same bird. There’s a lot more personality to it, which has always been our goal, which is really exciting.”