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March 6, 2007 > Emerging brilliance and beauty

Emerging brilliance and beauty

By Arathi Satish

Locals now have an opportunity to treat themselves to a lively art exhibit, a celebration of the work of local students. Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) will partner with Sargent Art to present, "Emerging Brilliance and Beauty," an annual visual and performing art exhibit.

This varied and interesting event is the combined effort of Fremont's elementary, junior high and high schools. Co-Chairs of the District Arts Team, Susan Manbeian and Brett Santo, have worked to highlight the integral role that art plays in education. Manbeian stressed that this event has increased the awareness of art in schools and brought many district art teachers together. The primary theme of "Art is Education," is being followed throughout the country and shows are being designed to draw attention to the importance of art - fine art, music, dance and theatre - in public education.

Manbeian said, "For the past four years, I have been the District Arts Co-Chair for the Fremont Unified School District, and now president-elect for the Northern California Arts Education Association. It has been my mission to stress the importance of all the arts in public education. In the arts a student has the opportunity to take what they have learned in Literature, Science, History and Math and apply them to a universal concept or expression... like a Mona Lisa."

Sargent Art is sponsoring the show by hosting the reception and offering prizes and prize money for outstanding work. Beth Booth is assembling a panel which, on March 5th, judge outstanding 2D and 3D work at the Junior and Senior High level. Prizes will also be awarded for outstanding elementary artwork.

Work displayed will highlight emerging talent of local students. Manbeian pointed out, "Most of them are seventh graders and asked to be in the yearlong Art Experience class. The first semester is spent learning the principles and elements of art and different artistic techniques. The second semester they discover what the artist's voice is by creating a piece of work that embodies and sends a message that is larger than life. They work with a sense of the science behind color use, color theory, shape and form, and apply what they know to a complex thought or theme. This year they are asked to take that complex theme and simplify to its simplest form to create a message."

Sargent Art will host a reception on Thursday, March 8, that includes music and theatre in addition to the visual arts. Food will also be served in the conference room. Schools participating this year are American High, Washington High, Irvington High, Mission San Jose High, Hopkins Junior High, Ardenwood Elementary, Forest Park Elementary and Olivera Elementary. Mary Lynn Pelican's Children Chorus from Ardenwood Elementary School that includes 80 students will be singing at the reception and there will be theater performances by students from Irvington and Mission High Schools.

.Emerging Brilliance and Beauty
Thursday, March 8
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The exhibit runs through April
Fremont Unified School District Office
4210 Technology Drive, Fremont

For more information call Susan Manbeian at (510) 656 3500 ext.38003

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