*By Taylor Ramey Evans, Knightly News staff reporter *
As spring approaches, many students seem more excited about graduation and simply the end of the school year, but in the performing and visual arts rooms of Thomas Dale, students are abuzz with a different kind of excitement.
The Chesterfield County Public Schools Fine Arts Festival, held every year in the spring, offers the opportunity for elementary, middle and high schools to gather at one high school and showcase their artwork. This year, the chosen school is Clover Hill.
The festival will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 9 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday, April 23, from noon to 4:30 pm. Being held on the days following Dale’s prom, Shelley Row worries that she will not able to find senior students to help her set up the visual arts portion of the show. Regardless, the show must go on!
While some students may be offended that their work did not make it into the show, Patricia Fairley explains, “You have to consider how the pieces relate to each other because they’re gonna be put on a door as a display… You can’t think of it as an island [by] itself because it won’t work.”
She continued “We search for the best… but we also want to represent as many people as possible.” Fairley made it very clear that if there was an astounding piece, they would be sure to find a place for it in the show.
But the visual arts are not the only ones participating in the festival. A festival would not be festive at all, without music and dancing. Music students from across the county, in elementary, middle and high school will be performing at the festival.
According to Specialty Center Coordinator and chorus instructor James Barrack, the music studio and specialty center dance classes will also be performing. Barrack’s classes, Music Studio One and Two, will be performing classical pieces for guests to listen to while they browse the artwork to their heart’s content. But, again, it is not just the high schools that participate in the festival. Elementary and middle schools from all over the county will be flocking to the festival to perform and put up their artwork as well.