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VIDEO: Celebrating local student art

Monday, Mar. 24 | By Hannah Dellinger
Nine-year-old Blake Doerler, a fourth-grader at P. B. Smith Elementary School, attends the Fauquier County Arts Festival Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Va. with his mother, Tracie Doerler of Warrenton.
Photo by Alisa Booze Troetschel
Colorful and intricate pieces of art of all mediums covered the walls of Liberty High School this past weekend.

Fauquier County Public Schools hosted its annual Arts Festival on March 21 and 22 at Liberty High School. Students and teachers from the whole school division displayed their art for families and community members to enjoy. They showed off paintings, pottery, photography, live music and dance performances and more.

“The show lets students see what they can do and what other people are doing in art,” said Christena Smith, the lead art teacher for the school division and an art teacher at Kettle Run High School. “Most importantly, since we have all of the levels, elementary students get to see what’s going to happen in middle school and middle school students get to see what they can do in high school.”

According to Smith, the art show moves from school to school each year. She said that the number of art pieces has grown significantly over the years.

“The last time that the art show was at Kettle Run some number of years ago, it was in just the front hall,” said Smith. “Now it’s in the front hall, the cafeteria, down these halls and into the gym.”

Kayla Evatt, a Liberty High senior, had her photography on display for the festival. She said that it was nice to have an event for her family to come and see her hard work.

“My family doesn’t really see my work that often,” said Evatt. “But, whenever something like this event happens, they come and enjoy it.”
Evatt has dabbled in photography since she was 11.

“I enjoyed it so much that I stayed with it,” she said. “It’s nice whenever you can capture an image and make somebody smile.”
Even though Evatt is not sure what career path she will pursue yet, she knows that art will always be a part of her life.
“Art is something that will always be with me,” said Evatt. “Even if I don’t choose this as a career path, art in general is something that you can do no matter what.”

Emory Cornwell, a Liberty High senior, proudly stood by his paintings as his family and friends examined the surrealistic work with admiration.

“A lot of artists don’t get credit,” said Cornwell. “They’re kind of the outcasts at school. So I think that it’s nice that every year we get this. I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was until it was here.”

Cornwell likes to use watercolor for his paintings. He said that he is interested in a career in film.

Kiersten Brewington, a third grader at H.M. Pearson Elementary School, made a Greek pot with her art class.

“We flattened out the clay and then we built it up to make the pot,” she explained. “Then we put the handles and then we painted it.”
Brewington said that she was very proud and excited to see her own pot on display at the festival.

The Arts Festival was part of Youth Art Month, a nationally recognized annual tradition. As part of the art celebration, local businesses displayed student art.

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