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Celebrating the Arts Night a Big Success

By Staff | Mar 11, 2020

Image of the artwork setup for the AIB Art Show.

On March 5, 2020, AIB held their annual Celebration of the Arts Night: the theme was “AIB Artists are Happy Campers!” Students’ artwork was admired throughout the halls of Boreman, with some pieces matted and displayed in the library.

A fifth grade student, Jahaila Gorrel, was recognized as the Cover Design Winner. Additional awards were given to the following students: Best of Show Primary (Grades PK-2) – Abbey Lancaster; Best of Show Intermediate (Grades 3-5) – Amber Ebert; Best of Show 3-D Work – Chase Barbou; Students’ Choice – Ella Strode (heart); and Teachers’ Choice – Abbey Lancaster (3-D work).

The artwork was judged by two student volunteers from the TCHS National Art Honor Society, Ms. Jamie Daughterty, and Ms. Kate Gorrell. Mrs. Joyce Hagerty assisted with judging and matting the works.

Two elementary students from Tyler County were also selected to have works included in the West Virginia Art Education Association (WVAEA) Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Parkersburg Art Center. Representing Sistersville Elementary School was Ralynn Heintzman’s “Bobica the Beetle,” and Jahaila Gorrell’s “Still Life with Grapes” was chosen from AIB.

Jahaila’s work received third place in the elementary division. For those wishing to view the works online, please visit the following link: www.wvaea.com/2016-youth-art-month-exhibit. Their artwork will travel to Charleston, WV, to be part of the Arts Alive showcase on April 17 at the Culture Center. All are invited to attend the free event, which celebrates visual arts, dance, music, and theatre. The art exhibit will begin at 6 p.m. with student performances in dance, music, and theatre starting at 7 p.m.

Jahaila Gorrell with her third Place Award Certificate from the Youth Art Month Show.

“The kids all did a very nice job, especially since this is the first year they’ve had actual art classes separate from classroom instruction.” Art Teacher Emmalyn Rucker said.

In regards to the art show, Principal Scott Wall also said, “We’re really excited. We had a lot of great artwork that our students have been working on throughout the school year.”

Wall went on to say, “We’ve been really lucky to have a new elementary school art teacher. It’s been several years since the elementary school’s have had one. It just goes to show how much Tyler County values arts.

In addition to visual arts, AIB’s music program was also celebrated. Two students from Ms. Carpenter’s choir participated in the All-State Children’s Choir performance at the Charleston Clay Theatre on March 6.

Congratulations to Olivia Roberts and Madison Richeson, who were part of the 250 students selected throughout the state. Upcoming musical performances include the AIB Band Concert on April 16 at 6:30, and the AIB Choir Concert on May 14 at 6:30. Please join us, as they continue to share their gift of music; we are confident they will make Tyler County PROUD!

Image of Ralynn Heintzman from SES and her work “Bobica the Beetle” at the Parkersburg Art Center.

All the students impressed everyone with their musical and artistic talents.