Night of the arts
By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey News Times Staff reporter
February 3, 2009 · Updated 4:16 PM
Live music performed by students, plus nearly 150 pieces of art highlighted a show Thursday night at North Whidbey Middle School.
Students from both North Whidbey and Oak Harbor middle schools gathered artwork they recently produced to display for their parents, fellow students and residents during “Night of the Arts” held Jan. 29.
Middle school art teacher Kit Christopherson said the art show was a way people can see the student work.
“We just needed to make sure we connected with the community,” Christopherson said, while scanning over the student work on display. The only other place the students have been able to show off their work is at the school district building, where, each month, the art produced at one of the schools is put on display.
The district’s middle-schoolers showed their paintings, sketches, photography and computer-generated images. In addition, several students performed on the stage and spectators enjoyed snacks.
Christopherson said the art program needed a show that was similar to the district band performance each spring, where musicians from the high school and middle school participate.
He said there were originally 200 entries for the art show, but that number was pared down to 140 pieces.
Art teacher Matt Young said that some of the art was produced by students who didn’t take art classes but created work in their spare time.
Approximately 60 percent of the entries were produced by students taking art classes during middle school while the remaining entries were produced by students not currently taking middle school art classes.
The entries in the “Night of the Arts” was judged by teachers and prizes were awarded in four categories, which were drawing, painting, computer arts and 3-D.
K.C. Pohtilla contributed to this story.
The entries in the “Night of the Arts” was judged by teachers and prizes were awarded in four categories, which were drawing, painting, computer arts and 3-D. Award winners were:
Drawing(oil pastels, drawing, illustration and marker)
First place — Austing Szupula and Mike Farrell
Second place — Ian Kolste
Third place — Annie Frosolone
Fourth place — Dakota Prouty
Painting(3-D glasses portraits, water color, oil and acrylic)
First place — Ryan King
Second place — Naomi Walker
Third place — Kai Moore
Fourth place — Hope Crandell
Computer Arts(photo, 3-D animated, product commercials)
First place — Sadie Strain
Second place — Zack Nixon
Third place — Matt Truelson
Fourth Place — Emily Skiff
3-D (mask, shoes ‘recycled art shoes’, pop can man)
First place — Kyanne Ewing
Second place — Allen Robles
Third place — Elisa Daniel
Fourth place — Ali GordyContact Whidbey News Times Staff reporter Nathan Whalen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5058.