Mount Si High School hosts a show of student-created art this Thursday, April 18, and if the event name—Festival of the Arts—doesn’t tell you it’s more than just an art show, the organizers will.
The Festival of the Arts, says Fall City Arts vice-president Inga Rouches, who ran the event in 2010 and 2011 and is helping with it this year, offers students a rare opportunity to “shine.”
“It’s not like (an athlete), where you can go out and watch them play every week,” Rouches explained. “An artist doesn’t have that exposure very often.”
That exposure, though, is necessary. “In high school, the kids get a little more self-critical… there’s so much comparison with everyone… it’s not as easy for them to show their art,” Rouches explained. “So to create a venue for them to show their art is incredible, and important.”
The venue for the festival is Mount Si High School’s Wildcat Court and the school library, both of which will be transformed on April 17. The walls of the Wildcat Court will be covered with “at least 200 photographs” from Jim Gibowski’s students down one side, and with prints, paintings, ceramics, sculptures and other visual arts down the other side. Nearly 100 bonsai plants from the horticulture class will be set up in the library. Student-made films will play on the big screen in the Wildcat Court during the public rec
Most of the students in the arts classes, culinary arts, metal and wood shops will have at least one piece on display, so “it should be a substantial show,” Rouches said.
All of the exhibits will be installed for display the night before the show, so students going to class the next day will be the first to see them. Rouches said this is her favorite part of the show.
“It makes (the Wildcat Court) just come alive with all the art in there, and I love seeing students go in there, and go ‘whoa!’” she said. “I think that really brings out some cool stuff in kids, to have that stimulation from art, and art that their peers did.”
A panel of judges, all local professional artists, will review the works and select the top-three placers in each category. Festival chairperson Carol Reitz recruited all of the judges, and Rouches said “She’s doing a great job. She is super-organized, and it’s very fun to have someone like her be involved.”
With grants from Fall City Arts and the Mount Si PTSA, the Festival this year also has enough money to award prizes to the top artists of the show.
The winning artists will be recognized during the public showing Thursday night, which is also when participants will have a chance to sample the students cakes.
Stella Diegel, above, created this work for the show.