I have this friend, Mandy, she’s like, pretty much my best friend. (Note: read that in a Napoleon Dynamite voice) She’s also OOBER TALENTED with artsy things! She maketh thee art! Now me, I can appreciate art, wow that’s pretty! I say and then I move to the next thing. Mandy, Mandy says Wow that’s pretty! and then she goes and draws it, or paints it, or creates something inspired by it and I’m just all,
(Note: I react like the Doctor, Mandy reacts like Rory)
Today the school we both graduated from had a Celebration of the Arts evening in which the drama club performed, the high school choir “Outloud” performed, and there was an auction for the drawings and some of the pottery and glass jewelry the students of all ages (it’s a Kindergarten-grade 12 school) had made. Mandy was asked to contribute some art as an alumni because she’s, like, awesome! These are the pieces Miss-Amazing-Artist sent in:
Mandy asked me to come with her this evening (so she wouldn’t be chilling all by herself) and it was a super fun evening! They had a fancy-smancy little cafe bar set up run by one of the young adults from our church (the school is a private school run out of our church) and they had all these tasty drinks! (I went for a chai tea latte myself)
The Outloud choir was amazing!! This was my first time hearing them perform and man, have they improved since two years ago when I was still in the choir! They get to open the service for our Winnipeg One Heart church service this Sunday (about 90 churches from around Winnipeg participate in a joint church service that we call One Heart.) This year One Heart gets to be the first event in the city’s new football stadium and the Outloud choir is going to start up the service! I’m so excited!! I mean, this school has gone from being teeny-tiny and unable to provide very many extra-curriculars due to lack of space and teachers, to having art auctions and having their choir perform at city-wide events!
Anyway, the choir was great and the two skits that the drama club performed were super well done. I was in the drama club with some of the students when I was in high school so it was great to see them performing again!
And then, the art auction! Every item got sold, hurrah!! In addition to the art auction some glass jewelry and pottery that the students made were sold and some of their artwork had been made into greeting cards!
The arts programs at the school are getting better and better each year. It’s so nice to see the kids’ talents being brought out of them in such a way. Our art teacher is phenomenal and she’s really good at bringing the best out of each of her students (she was also the high school English Lit teacher when I was in high school but now I think she just teaches art, but for a wider range of grade-levels).
Anyway, I’m really proud of my old school for taking such a positive approach to the arts and for encouraging them in all these different forms and for having this evening to raise money to better the arts program further! I only wish I was still in school to enjoy some of the new and/or improved programs!!
Talk to you all tomorrow!
To visit Mandy’s artist facebook page, click here.