Fine Arts Update May 15, 2017

Another excellent week for Hamilton City Schools Fine Arts department is in the books. Garfield Middle School Eighth Grade Choir participated in the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) large group contest where they received an “excellent” rating for their performance.  Linden Elementary Choir received an “excellent” rating for their performance at Music in the Parks contest.

Garfield artists presented their annual art show in conjunction with their Eighth Grade Recognition on Tuesday, May 9.

The Garfield Middle School Choirs presented their final concert of the year on Wednesday, May 10.

Riverview Kindergarteners thrilled their families with a Sing Along Concert on Thursday, May 11.

Hamilton High School Drama’s Big Blue Company presented their final show of the year in the form of two delightful one-act plays.  “Superheroes” took a light-hearted look at the everyday problems of well-known superheroes. “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”  gave some tips on surviving zombie attack, although they were not really very effective tips.

Ridgeway artists, Natalie Yarger, winning design artist, Kaitlin Perkins, and Taylor Smith recently received word that their rain barrel was purchased during the Cincinnati Zoo’s Rain Barrel Auction.

The Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley through a creative and educational medium. The project is now in its 5th year. Ridgeway has painted six rain barrels in the past four years. Two of the rain barrels reside in Hamilton.

Rain barrels continue to grow in popularity across the country. However, one of its biggest drawbacks is their dull appearance. Some people are less likely to use them given their negative aesthetic impact to residential and commercial landscaping, even though they conserve water and save money. We believe that producing beautiful artistic rain barrels that have unique painted details will make them more desirable and naturally  promote their use.

The Rain Barrel Art Project is designed to educate people on environmental issues like storm water runoff, watersheds and water conservation.

Natalie Yarger and Kaitlin Perkins