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The first district-wide Yellow Springs Schools K-12 Arts Fest took place last Thursday evening at the high school. Face painting was a popular activity; shown above, Lorien Chavez got painted by Morgan Chaplin.

First district-wide art fest held

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Last Thursday, April 26, the hallways of Yellow Springs High School were bustling with children, teens, parents and community members who came to celebrate the artwork of students in all of the village’s public schools at the Yellow Springs Schools District K-12 Arts Fest. The event was the first district-wide art fest held by the schools.

Walls and tables overflowed with paintings, drawings, digital art, photography, fiber art and ceramics. and face-painters did a brisk business creating art on skin. Students could also make art projects to take home. Several Yellow Springs High School students presented the school’s first poetry slam.

Following the event, the Yellow Springs Arts Council created a new award  for an “Accomplished Body of Work” by a Yellow Springs High School senior. According to YSAC member Deb Housh, the award went to Lela Dewey for her series of pastels, “Emote: An Exploration of Color and Anatomy.” Arts Council members were impressed by Dewey’s “compositional maturity and controlled use of pastels,” according to Housh, who said the body of work award will become an annual honor.


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