On May 13, the Madison-Plains High School arts department will hold an open house to showcase the work students have done in art, choir and band this school year.
“It’s been a couple of years since we have done something like this. We think it’s important to do,” said art teacher Sharon Ritz, who is organizing the event in conjunction with band director Derek Scoles and choir director Jennifer Hoelle.
The open house will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free.
The art students will display their drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and pottery. The band and choir students will perform solos and ensemble pieces.
“I’m especially looking forward to showing some of the digital photographs that have been altered a little bit. It’s something different for people to see,” said Ritz.
Scoles is proud of the accomplishments his band students have racked up this year. He’s hoping to give the public a taste of that success at the open house.
“We competed in four contests this fall. We got one second place (Fairfield) and two first places (Teays Valley and Thomas Worthington),” he said. Additionally at these events, Madison-Plains won best overall percussion, field commander, and auxiliary (color guard) designations.
This winter, the concert band and choir competed at a district competition for only the second time in 10 years. The band took home the second to highest rating and the choir the third highest rating on a scale of 1 to 5.
“For us being the new kids on the block, we’re doing pretty well,” Scoles said.
Student participation in the art and music open house is voluntary.
“We want to let everyone know how valuable the arts are. This also gives the students an opportunity to kind of show off,” said Scoles.