Saturday, May 26, 2018
Education

Eastside Evening of the Arts showcases student creativity

BROOKSVILLE — At Eastside Elementary School, art means drawings, paintings, dance, song and keyboard music, and all were on display at the recent Eastside Evening of the Arts.

Art teacher Stephanie Hembd has had art shows before, but none like this.

"This one is on a bigger scale," Hembd said. "We have all grades, kindergarten through fifth, and I tried to get two pieces of each student's artwork up. So there's a lot of butcher paper and a lot of art."

Besides the artwork and music, the night included arts and crafts booths. Visitors and students had opportunities to make drums, rain sticks, watercolor artwork, frog puppets, butterfly magnets, airplanes and monster feet. They could participate in graffiti art, sidewalk chalk drawing and splatter paint art.

There was a silent auction with student, parent, teacher and administrator artwork for sale.

"We're hoping to raise some money for future art projects," Hembd said.

Refreshments were served by students walking around with trays.

"We've made candy sushi." Hembd said.

There were also deep-fried Oreo cookies and lemonade.

The event was a big undertaking, but Hembd had a lot of help. Music teacher Melissa Parker assisted with the music program, and former students and community members helped set up.

"All this for two hours of art bliss," Hembd said.

Irene Hoffman, 14, is a Parrott Middle School eighth-grader who helped set up the event. She was there, she said, "to help Mrs. Hembd put stuff up and get everything ready for the show. I went here when I was in elementary, and I've always loved art, and Mrs. Hembd was my favorite teacher."

Ashley Ballou, 16, a Nature Coast Technical High School sophomore, was there, too, "to help Mrs. Hembd out for the art show," and to log in volunteer hours for graduation.

Michelina McFarland, 10, an Eastside fifth-grader, sang during the program. She identified the reasons she thought her art teacher might have had for putting on such an ambitious event.

"Mrs. Hembd is doing this for the school's future art projects and also to have a fine night for families to get together to buy art, do fun games and be entertained," Michelina said.

Fifth-grader Ronald Medina, 10, said he thought the event was a good idea "because art is a part of everything."

"Art has always been on this planet," he said.

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