Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Students shine at SWC Fine Arts Festival

Music, art selectees travel to Broken Bow.

Several Gothenburg High School students were chosen by teachers to attend the Southwest Conference Fine Arts Festival which was last Friday and Saturday at Broken Bow High School.

The annual event culminated in the school gymnasium with an afternoon concert and artwork was displayed before and after the concert.

Other schools represented at the festival included Cozad, Minden, Ainsworth, Valentine, Ogallala and Broken Bow.

Swede sophomore Amanda Kowalewski was honored for an earthenware sculpture entitled “Once Upon a Time” that received the SWC Student Choice award.

Fellow sophomore Remmy Rocha was recognized during the band concert for an alto saxophone solo.

Gothenburg received an attendance award for having the most parents, relatives and others attend the concert/art show.

In addition to guidance by professionals in the business, local high school fine arts teachers said the festival is a chance for students to meet and work with other students in a non-competitive environment for two days and work with different directors and artists.

Choral students rehearsed for two days with Michael Morris, an adjunct music education instructor at Doane College. Morris has taught vocal music for 34 years in Nebraska with the last 27 years in Crete as the director of choral music.

David Rischling, the instrumental music teacher for Alliance Public Schools, directed band students. Rischling has taught for 34 years in Nebraska schools including Perkins County High School and Bridgeport in addition to Alliance.

Art students were grouped to create murals judged by conference art instructors, a contest won by Cozad students.

They also did mixer activities where they worked on projects, such as painting patio chairs, set up by the art instructors.

Art instructors included Susan Hart, who teaches children’s workshops for the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney; Christy Kosmicki, who teachers art in Holdrege and at UNK; Pat Wiederspan Jones, who teaches privately and creates in her own studio in Kearney.