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High school artwork on display at Blondeau Festival

Published 11:00am Friday, May 17, 2013

It’s the time of the year at Kennedy Secondary School when students finish their last tests and papers before the summer break. But on Monday, the school’s fine art students will get one last chance to show what they’ve learned this year.

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the school will host the annual Blondeau Fine Arts Festival. With everything from paintings to singers, the night promises to be one of immense entertainment.

“It brings attention to certain students who aren’t always in the spotlight,” said Kennedy teacher Diane Prischmann, who organizes the event with fellow teacher Carrie Sikkink.

This year’s festival will feature a wide variety of work and performances. On display throughout the school and media center will be various mediums of the visual arts, including traditional drawings and paintings, three dimensional art and digital design.

The performing arts will also be well represented, including vocal solos, duets, band soloists, acoustic guitar players and piano soloists. Students will perform a scene from the most recent spring production, “A Piece of My Heart,” and the Chinese language class also will have a display.

Students in the textiles and clothing class will put on a style show displaying athletic clothing from the Otter Outlet.

Art will be juried in each category by local judges. Winners will be awarded by the end of the evening.

The festival is named after the late Fergus art teacher Tom Blondeau. After his death, Prischmann said giving the festival his name was one of the best ways students and faculty could honor him.

The excellence in all the different work is what makes the night so incredible for Prischmann.

“It’s just the kids. We kind of step back and let them show us how they’ve grown,” Prischmann said. “You kind of say, gosh, these kids are so good at this stuff.”

The festival began 15 years ago as an end-of-the-year celebration for the different arts departments. Free to the public, the music and entertainment is ongoing throughout the evening and guests are encouraged to come and go as they please. It includes an Orchestra concert at 6 p.m. in the Gold Gym and choir concert at 8 p.m. in the auditorium.

Prischmann said the night will offer something for everyone.

“It’s spring, everyone is in a good mood and it’s a fun evening,” Prischmann said. “If you don’t have kids in the district, this is the one night to come to.”

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