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Visual Arts to host an open house on Jan. 21

Picture this.

The Visual Arts Dept. will be hosting a collection of student artwork from ETHS as well as Evanston’s public schools on Jan. 21.                                                                                                                                                  “It`s taking a poem, and all the art teachers will use the poem for a type of work and turn it into a work of art… and an open house with all art classes opened,” says Pamela Sloan, the art teacher in charge of the open house. The poem chosen this year will be maggie and milly and molly and may by E.E. Cummings.

The open house will feature a number of student works ranging from all different kinds of media. “There`s painting, digital media, 3D construction, drawing, pen and ink, sometimes even mixed media,” says Sloan.

The show will be featuring Esande dancers for the first time. “The teachers all collaborate with each other to mount the show, and we are trying to incorporate other arts like dance,” says Sloan. The performance will also be based on the chosen poem. “We have a brand new student choreographer who will be putting together a dance based on the poem,” says director of Esande Jennifer Foss. “We’re selecting dancers and rehearsing up to the event. It will also be performed in our main show.”

Esande is one of the main dance companies in the school. “It’s another opportunity to use creative voices… and perform for peers and community,” says Foss. “We’re really excited to be welcomed in on this opportunity and hope to continue to be involved.” The open house is another chance for students to share their artistic abilities and original works. “It should be a good mix of dance and spoken word,” says senior dancer Angelina Giordano.

The art being shown in the exhibit will be from all over Evanston. “All through the city, each art teacher submits ten works,” says Sloan. The open house acts as a collaborative that brings all art teachers in Evanston together as well as the artistic community. “Younger students get to come and see what their future is like.”

The event is open to all and will take place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Auditorium. “It’s really an opportunity to see the amazing Visual Arts Dept. and the talented students… its paying tribute to art students,” says Sloan.