Local students painted a picture of talent on Tuesday.
Ohio County Schools hosted its annual Celebration of the Arts at the Wheeling Park High School J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center. The community was invited to view work from young artists of all grades.
According to Mary Lu Hutchins, student services director for Ohio County Schools, the event has been a tradition for about a decade and continues to draw in visitors - even those whose children are former students of Ohio County Schools. She said the event's nature pairs well with Ohio County Schools' approach to education.
Photo by Rebecca Olsavsky/Wheeling Park High School senior Elizabeth Adase demonstrates clay work during the annual Celebration of Arts event hosted by Ohio County Schools. Adase spent eight class periods producing the pictured art for her design principles class.
"Everything we do in Ohio County is very process-oriented," Hutchins said, describing the celebration's art gallery and stage atmospheres as very professional yet social. The event highlights all forms of music, drama and both two- and three-dimensional visual arts.
Wheeling Park High School senior Elizabeth Adase, who has attended the event since elementary school, was one of the artists offering a live demonstration at the event. Perfecting her clay work, Adase sculpted a hand begun as project for her design principles class. This year marks the third time she has participated in the event's live demonstration.
"I have been coming to (the Celebration of Arts) since I was in elementary school," she said. "I've always loved coming."
Vocal and instrumental groups performing on stage included the Ohio County Middle School Strings Ensemble, the Ohio County Schools Fifth Grade Chorus, the Warwood School Choral Ensemble, Wheeling Middle School Steel Drums and soloists from Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling Middle School and Bridge Street Middle School.
"Ohio County students are amazingly talented, and Celebration of the Arts is a wonderful way to put those talents on display," said Ohio County Schools Superintendent Dianna Vargo. "We want our families and community members to see how creative our students are, and this showcase is also a way of letting the students and teachers know that their artistic skills are valued."