Following a two-year hiatus, Art Beat returned to North Haven High School on May 5 to celebrate the artwork and talents of local students in grades K-through-12.
“The schools and community were overjoyed to welcome back the long-standing popular event that began over 20 years ago,” North Haven schools art coordinator Diana Blythe said.
“As a culminating highlight, Advanced Placement L4 portfolio work is featured,” Blythe said. “It represents the high-caliber, college-level work produced by students, many of whom will be attending prestigious colleges and art schools to prepare for art-related careers.”
Also, award-winning pieces were displayed throughout the hallways.
Superintendent of Schools Patrick Stirk said Art Beat is a wonderful community event.
“It is always well attended and has become a staple within the district,” he said. “It is a celebration of the creativity, talent and passion of our students and teachers.”
Also, the North Haven Honor Society raised funds to support Ukraine's citizens and make shawls for cancer patients.
“It was truly heartwarming to see so many people rally their efforts to help others,” Blythe said. “Administrative Assistant Joyce Lapre crocheted and donated beautiful market baskets and cup cozies with encouraging messages to contribute to the cause.”
In the gymnasium, where 3d artwork was displayed on tables, Advanced Ceramics student Grace Finch demonstrated pottery wheel throwing techniques and donated over 30 beautiful bowls that were available for purchase.
“Diana Blythe is the person who makes Art Beat happen,” North Haven High School Principal Russel Dallai said.