Marietta students display artwork

MARIETTA – From self portraits drawn in pencil to vibrant paintings of Captain Hook, swirls of color and black and white dominated half of the Marietta High School gym Thursday evening, while the other half was full of strains of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and other tracks.

More than 1,000 people made it out to the Fine Arts Festival, where a multitude of artwork was displayed and music performed in the gym and auditorium.

Heath Rader, art teacher at MHS, said art work and performances were done by grades kindergarten through 12.

“It’s K through 12; it’s all the arts: music, choir and handbells,” he said.

Michael Tobar, music teacher at Harmar and Washington elementary schools, said there was a wide variety for all.

“There’s vocal solos, duets and quartets,” he said. “There’s elementary choir, middle and high school choir and combined inter-district choirs. There’s over 100 singers on stage.”

Rader said there was a huge amount of art hanging.

“We have roughly 1,000 pieces, ranging from 3-D to flat design,” he said. “There’s just about anything you can imagine.”

Kamryn Kirkham, 10, a third-grader at Putnam Elementary, said she was proud of her artwork.

“I have three art pieces,” she said proudly, adding that they were a pumpkin, a flower and a self portrait.

Her brother, Haden, 10, also had artwork: “Pointilism Fall Tree.” He said his favorite part was “putting the little dots on” which represent tree leaves.

Their mother, Kristi, 40, said she was happy that her children were able to display their artwork.

“I’m just really proud of them and their hard work,” she said. “They love to create things and are really artistic.”

Morgan Caltrider, 9, a third-grader at Harmar Elementary, had a couple of pieces in the art show: a moving gingerbread man and a ceramic pot.

“It’s called a cave pot,” he said. “We were doing that so people could see what it was like inside caves thousands of years ago. People made pictures in caves; it’s on the outside (of the pot).”

His brother, Allen, a seventh-grader at the middle school, said he did his “abstract weaving” as a part of a project in his art class.

Their father, Joe. 43, said he was pleased to see the progress his children have made.

“It’s great to see my kids’ artwork and see how they’ve progressed year to year,” he said.

Sterling Mayer, 18, a senior at the high school, said his work has dark themes.

“I’m just really into the creative dark characters, such as Johnny Depp and Tim Burton,” he said.

In fact, Mayer had several pieces in the festival: Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter, a painting of Nosferatu, a painting of Barnabas Collins from “Dark Shadows” and Dustin Hoffman’s Hook.

Mayer’s most life-like piece was a life-sized rendition of Heath Ledger’s Joker from “The Dark Knight.”

“This took at least two and a half months,” he said. “I just saw a picture and said, ‘I’m gonna do this guy.’ It definitely took a while.”

Mari and Chad Goddard, 36, had two children with artwork in the show.

“It’s really exciting,” Mari said. “Of course we’re very proud of them.”

She said that her daughter, Skylar’s work represents certain elements.

“She did this as a four-part series,” she said of the piece showing earth, fire, water and air.

Chad said he was happy to see not just the good work of his children, but also that of students across the school district, in art and music.

“It’s all amazing,” he said. “I’m very proud that Marietta has very talented children.”