Arts and Jazz event Saturday night

Published on Thu, Feb 5, 2004
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Arts and Jazz event Saturday night

WHAT: The seventh annual arts and jazz festival benefitting students in music and the arts.
WHEN: Saturday, February 7 from 7-11 p.m.
WHERE: Blaine middle school cafeteria.
COST: $5 admission.

It�s Arts and Jazz time this weekend, an annual event that brings the community together with the local students in art and music who benefit from the event.

The seventh annual festival, sponsored by the Blaine Fine Arts Association, will showcase a a variety of artwork, performances by the choir and band, as well as live and silent auctions. Arts and Jazz was first organized to support Blaine high school jazz band�s annual trip to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, a four-day event at the University of Idaho. However, some funds are now put toward fine arts programs for both middle and high school students.

The district�s budget has cut funds for field trips and other enrichment programs this year, so funds are increasingly sought to help with travel and other needs.

The event, featured in the new Blaine middle school cafeteria, runs 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, February 7. This is the first time, organizer Dorita Gray said, that the entire event is together in one area as in previous years much of the event had been scattered throughout the building. Admission is $5.

About 150 auction items have been donated by businesses and individuals, Gray said, including tickets to a Richard III performance at the Mount Baker Theatre, hand-colored botanical prints, a full auto detail, one dessert a month for a year, a night for two at the Willows Inn Bed and Breakfast, and gift baskets and certificates from local businesses. The auctioneer for the live auction will be Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic. The event raised about $6,000 last year, and Gray is hoping this year�s event will yield even more.

Those students benefiting directly from the festival will be on hand to meet and greet the community, including sophomore art student Emily Hendricks-Hockey, who created the image used for this year�s event poster. Working with art instructor Brian Smith, Hendricks-Hockey created �Pricked by Heaven,� an acrylic painting for her art class which shows Buddha holding symbols that represented religions throughout the world.

�This piece is titled �Pricked by Heaven� because although religion is a wonderful thing and aids many people with their life it also inspires war,� she said in her artist statement. �The people of today are imprisoned in our own bigotry. That is what this piece is about.�

Hendricks-Hockey researched the subject utilizing books and pictures before beginning her assignment. Her artwork is a passion and she participates in art classes outside of school, she said.

�There is a message behind what I create, not �oh it's just pretty,�� Hendricks-Hockey said.

The choir will also perform at Arts and Jazz, with funds helping to pay for an April trip to a choral festival at the University of Washington. The jazz band, lead by Bob Gray, will perform as well during the evening.

Other events
Senior saxaphonist Kit Schumann was named to all-state band and will perform with Victoria King, Amanda Johansen, and Mary Marshall at the all-state gala concert which will be held February 16 in the Sundome in Yakima. In addition, Victoria King, Amanda Johansen, and Mary Marshall have been named to all-state choir and Schumann and Ian Head, another senior, have been selected to perform in the All Northwest Honor Band at Pacific Lutheran University.

The Blaine high school winter concert is scheduled for February 24 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. On February 27, 10 students from Takanawadai High School, Funabashi Japan will be performing for the school and conducting mini-workshops for students. Lastly, the high school jazz band will perform at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho on Saturday, February 28. For more information, call 332-6045.