SHS Spring Arts Festival showcases senior artists

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“Large Still Life with Pedestal Table, 1931,” from the Musee Picasso, Paris. Photo provided.
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SHS student artist Eva Harris. Photo by Karen Engdahl.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – As SHS Spring Arts Festival-goers strolled into the school the evening of May 24, they were met with a Picasso painting brought to life in 3-D.

“It’s a sculpture based on a still-life painting by Picasso,” explained Eva Harris, the senior who created the work as part of her advanced portfolio for art class. Made of cardboard and painted in bright primary colors, the large sculpture was an interesting study of Picasso’s use of color and space.

The original painting, “Large Still Life with Pedestal Table,” was completed in 1931 and is in the collection of the Musee Picasso in Paris. Picasso, a Spanish artist of the early 20th century who spent most of his life living in France, was famous for his cubist images that challenged the two-dimensional format of traditional painting. Harris captured the unique “tilt” of the table and the interesting juxtaposition of objects in her 3-D rendering.

 

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Guest pianist Dan Weiser. Photo by Karen Engdahl.

Harris’ exhibit also included paintings, drawings, design idea boards, and a portrait of a cow made with kernels of corn. Her advanced portfolio was completed as part of the admission requirements for Cornell University, where she will begin study in the architecture program this fall.

The art show also featured an advanced project by Amethyst Pillard and a larger display of paintings and drawings by SHS art students of all grades in the main auditorium.

Sharing the artistic spotlight were members of the SHS music department, including students, faculty, and guest artists. The SHS wind ensemble, choir, and Madrigal singers performed a spiritual, movie themes, rock classics, and folk songs as well as a march dedicated to Springfield veterans.

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SHS student artist Marcus Aremburg. Photo by Karen Engdahl.

Dan Weiser, a noted Upper Valley pianist and chamber musician, provided energetic accompaniment on the Yamaha grand as Jim Chlebak, SHS music director, led the ensembles.

“It’s great to see what the kids can do!” said proud parent, Janie Aremburg, whose son Marcus was an artist participant in the event. “I’m impressed by the talent and hard work they put into this festival.”

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