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Norwalk students to show off art, musical skills before gala

Cary Ashby • Mar 20, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Norwalk High School senior Elissa Jones is pleased with the portrait she did of her grandmother, Jayne.

The teenager’s oil pastel, titled “Grandma,” is based on a photograph.

“This is one of my favorites. I love doing oil pastel,” said Jones, who was one of 14 NHS regional winners in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.

Jones’ artwork is one of many on display in the art gallery of the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center for Saturday’s ticketed Celebration of the Arts. The art exhibit, which features hand-selected work of students from Norwalk City Schools, is open starting at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. show of Three Men and a Tenor.

“Our goal for this fundraising event is to showcase students of Norwalk City Schools. We are doing that by holding an art exhibit that features the top students in grades K (through) 12,” art teacher Tracy VanBuskirk said. 

Now in its 15th year, A Celebration of the Arts is the gala fundraiser for The Endowment Fund for Norwalk City Schools. In 2015, the fund distributed more than $54,000 in scholarships to NHS seniors and to teachers to help fund innovative projects.

“During the event on Saturday from 7 to 8 (p.m.), there will be NHS art students working on art in the gallery for people to watch, orchestra students will be playing in the lobby and cast members from the NHS musical, ’Oklahoma!,’ will be performing portions of the musical in the (Fisher-Titus) LGI (Center),” VanBuskirk said.

For information about tickets about A Celebration of the Arts — which are $15 for students, $30 and $60, call Mollie Wetherill at 419-660-6511. Online tickets are available at http:acelebrationfthearts.ticketleap.com/acelebratiofthearts.

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