While the schools’ choruses and bands spent the evening performing in the Marietta High School auditorium, the art of more than 400 students in first through 12th grades was on display across the hall in the gym.
“It’s very exciting to have everyone here to look at it,” said Washington Elementary fourth-grader Kayla Schradel, 10, who brought her parents and grandmother with her to see the woven art piece she had created.
“It was kind of hard but I’m very happy with it,” she said. “I just wanted to make it all kinds of colors.”
Seeing all the art, from watercolors to photos and papier-mache creations, all together was a thrill, said Marietta High School junior Lindsey Farrar, 17.
“I really like seeing all the other pieces,” she said. “I’m friends with a lot of the people who have things here.”
Farrar brought her family to see her own piece, “Estoy En La Luna,” a drawing of her own face.
“I took a picture of myself, enlarged it and then made a drawing based on the picture,” she said. “I think it turned out well. I’m proud of myself, I have to say.”
Other art projects ranged from a paper version of an Egyptian pyramid to a 3-D Medusa to a pencil sketch of Mr. Miyagi from the “Karate Kid” movies.
“I love the variety,” said Helen Berry, 67, of Marietta, who browsed the artwork while waiting for her granddaughter’s choir performance. “It’s all so beautiful and different. There is some real talent here.”
As they looked, those in the gym heard performances from the high school handbell ensemble, Premiere Show Choir and the High Schools That Rock Club, formed just this week.
The club is a high school version of the Guitar Club MHS assistant principal Mark Doebrich started at Marietta Middle School when he was principal there.
Nineteen students have signed up for the club.
“We met after school Tuesday for the first time, and we were here tonight,” said member Zayne Parmiter, 18, a senior at the high school. “It’s a great thing to have. I’ve already learned a couple new things from the other people there.”
MITCH CASEY The Marietta Times
Washington Elementary School third-grader, Madison Harris, and her mother, Sheila Dayton, take in some of the art work on display Thursday during the Marietta City Schools' Fine Arts Festival at Marietta High School. All grade levels in the city were represented in the show, and a variety of musical performances were given as well.