Faculty Performances Highlight Closing Reception for Art Department Show

Performances by faculty members highlighted a closing reception Dec. 19 for the Art Department Show on display in the Schumacher Gallery.

Faculty Performances Highlight Closing Reception for Art Department Show

Musical and dance performances by several faculty members highlighted a closing reception December 19 for the Art Department Show which has been on display in Westover's Schumacher Gallery. The show, which exhibited works by several faculty members, was open from November 27 through December 20.

Dozens of students, faculty members, and other guests attended the reception in the gallery and the performances in the adjoining theatre. Marla Truini, Theatre Program Director, sang two original songs, accompanying herself on a guitar. For one of the pieces, Marla was also accompanied by Flute Teacher Lucy Heidkamp on alto flute. Cello Teacher Thirzah Bendokas performed Bach's "Suite for Solo 'Cello."

Dance Director Meghan Buchanan was joined by two alumnae – her sister, Mackenzie Buchanan Callahan '06 and Tatiana Fonseca DaSilva '07 – in a dance entitled "Harvest," which was originally choreographed in 1998 by Meghan and Mackenzie's mother, former Dance Director Patti Buchanan.

Ian Diedrich, Technical Theatre Director, sang "Gethsemane," from Jesus Christ Superstar, with piano accompaniment by Art Department Head Robert Havery.

Faculty members whose works were featured in the exhibition include Art Department Co-Chair Sara Poskas, Photography and Videography Teacher Caleb Portfolio, WISE Teacher Chris Childs, Art Teacher Zachary Lytle, Dance Director Meghan Buchanan, and Needle Arts Teacher Lee Juvan. There was also an installation in progress by guest artist Mohamad Hafez, who created a collaborative piece with students in a fall art class, Exploration and Expression. An exhibition of Hafez's work is scheduled to be featured in an exhibition in the Gallery starting January 14.

The Schumacher Gallery is located in the Louise B. Dillingham Performing Arts Center on South Street. Visitors must access the gallery through the main entrance of the School. When exhibitions are on display, the gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 12 noon until 5 pm and Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm; it is closed on Sundays.