More than 200 students display talent at Creative Arts Night

April 30, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

INWOOD, W.VA. -- At least 50 colorful paper arrows affixed to the sidewalk pointed the way to Musselman High School's Creative Arts Night.

The fantasy yellow brick road met its match Friday evening at the Inwood, W.Va., school. The artistic talents of more than 200 students on display made sure of that.

The presentation of visual and performance art, a first for the school in at least seven years, included several panels of student artwork in the hallway outside the school's darkened auditorium, where an audience of friends and family were treated to stage combat, vocal and instrumental soloists, visual art slide presentations and theatrical monologue.

"I think it's great that we're finally starting an arts night," said high school junior Meaghan Macey, a member of The Royal Rogues, the school's stage combat team. "Now everybody is getting a chance to collaborate ..."


Jennifer Squires, one of Musselman's three visual art teachers, said the free admission show, was a first in her seven years at the school. The show represents an opportunity "to come together as one department" while sharing students' hard work with friends and family, she said.

Choir director Greg Breeden said the event provides a "sense of unity" among the school's art programs.

Macey said she discovered theater was where she "fit in" after exploring sports and other activities, and she now aspires to have a professional career on stage.

"It's something I finally feel at home doing ... it's what I'm good at," Macey said before taking the stage to portray Juliet in "The Balcony Scene" of a Shakespearean production the stage combat group performed this year.

Sophomore Sabrina Pruitt, who aspires to be a veterinarian, said taking photographs, particularly of people when they're not paying attention to the lens, is especially fun.

For Friday evening's show, the 16-year-old entered a picture of a waterfall that she took while on vacation in Kentucky.

Using Photoshop, Pruitt explained how she typed the script-style words 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' over the image on the upper right side of the image.

"I like to take pictures of random moments," Pruitt said.

Senior Stephanie Raney said her 7-year-old brother, Justin, inspired her assemblage, a three-dimensional artistic composition of objects, including Pokemon cards, bottle caps, a Nutcracker toy soldier, plastic Army men, a LEGO police car that her sibling built and a spider.

"I'm going to give it to him," said Raney, who has plans to be a kindergarten teacher.

Daniel Brown said his film-developed black-and-white photograph of a pair of work boots in his friend's garden was "a last-minute picture" last fall that turned out to be his choice for the show.

Brown, 17, who wants to study fashion design, said he doesn't know to whom the boots belonged.

"They're still there ... in the garden," Brown said.

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