BEARDEN SHOPPER-NEWS • FEBRUARY 27, 2012 • A-15
NEWS FROM WEBB SCHOOL OF KNOXVILLE
ArtXtravaganza showcases wide range of works by top artists M
ore than 2,000 pieces of art by 70-plus acclaimed artists, hailing from across the Southeast and beyond, will be available for purchase at this year’s ArtXtravaganza Art Show & Sale, March 9-11, at Webb School’s Lee Athletic Center. Featuring oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, sculpture, photography, metal works, printmaking, glass, metal, jewelry, and more, ArtXtravaganza promises something in everyone’s price range. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. ArtXtravaganza is one of the premier art shows in the Southeast and has played a signiﬁcant role in helping to establish Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts, and to further the careers of prominent artists. Reﬂecting Webb’s staunch commitment to excellence in the arts, ArtXtravaganza supports Webb’s ArtistIn-Residence Program, an on-campus teaching and learning experience for students. The school welcomed Chicago-based photographer/educator Cecil McDonald Jr. in fall 2011, and is currently hosting mixed media/conceptual artist Michael Bramwell from North Carolina.
New this year is the launch of a partnership with Mooreland Heights Elementary School in which a portion of the proceeds from ArtXtravaganza will go to beneﬁt Mooreland Heights’ arts program. Mooreland Heights is an arts-integrated public school supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission. In addition, Mooreland Heights is mentoring four other Title One Knox County schools through a four-year Art360 grant. According to Danielle Nutt, chair of ArtXtravaganza 2012, the new effort expands on Webb’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation. “That tradition is not isolated to just our school community,” says Nutt. “We recognize that we are part of something bigger and with ArtXtravaganza, we have the opportunity as a school to support the arts in the community at large.” Dr. Roy Miller, principal of Mooreland Heights Elementary, says that his school’s new partnership with Webb is forged through a common understanding that all children can unite through the arts. “This is a
Reflecting Webb School’s staunch commitment to excellence in the arts, ArtXtravaganza supports Webb’s Artist-In-Residence Program, an on-campus teaching and learning experience for students. Webb has also forged a new partnership with Mooreland Heights Elementary School in which a portion of the proceeds from ArtXtravaganza will go to benefit Mooreland Heights Elementary’s arts program. great opportunity for our children to connect with other children through their visual understanding of the arts,” says Miller, “and if a strong foundation is built this year, this initiative could lead to incredible opportunities for our students for years to come.” ArtXtravaganza 2012’s featured artists are Ohio-based father and son painters Gary Stretar and Luke Stretar. Gary Stretar’s painting “Seascape” and Luke Stretar’s piece “Barn and Silo” will be offered by si-
lent auction during this year’s event. This year’s show and sale will also include a student art exhibit, featuring works by Webb’s Lower, Middle and Upper School grades as well as pieces created by children from Mooreland Heights Elementary. Doors to ArtXtravaganza open at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 9. The art sale continues Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, go to www.artxtravaganza. org or call (865) 291-3846.
Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’, ‘Hedda Gabler’ Come Alive on Webb Stage
Webb’s Upper School drama department will present two of Henrik Ibsen’s classic plays, A DOLL’S HOUSE and HEDDA GABLER in repertory. A DOLL’S HOUSE will be performed March 2, 5 and 10, and HEDDA GABLER is scheduled for March 3, 9 and 12. Performances are at 7 p.m. in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. (above) Sophomore Katie Samples as Mrs. Linde and junior Mary Kate Heagerty as Nora Helmer rehearse a scene from Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE.
It’s one thing for a high school theater department to tackle the complex, powerful dramas of Henrik Ibsen; it’s quite another to present them in repertory. An ambitious undertaking, to be sure, but Webb’s Upper School drama students are up to the task as they present two of Ibsen’s major plays, A Doll’s House, March 2, 5 and 10, and Hedda Gabler, March 3, 9 and 12, in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium. All performances are at 7 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public. Ibsen, considered “the father of modern drama,” and one of the great playwrights of all time, held a mirror up to the societal issues that lay behind the facades of late 19th century society – issues that still resonate today. That was one of the reasons Webb Upper School drama
teacher, Patrick McCray, chose Ibsen’s works for the school’s spring production. “Ibsen’s plays and his insights, and the conflicts remain so incredibly fresh and very clean and clear and elegant while also having some wonderful ambiguities,” says McCray. He also noted that his students had wanted to do a drama. “And I thought if we’re going to do dramas, let’s do great ones,” he said. “And let’s do it right.” For McCray that meant taking on not one but two of Ibsen’s most famous works – two of which he says have so many parallels that it would be a disservice to perform one without the other. Each production sports a cast of seven actors as well as a separate technical crew, giving his students the op-
9 MARCH 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm 10 MARCH 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 11 MARCH 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Admission is FREE, open to the public Affordable works for everyone Held at Webb’s Lee Athletic Center, 9800 Webb School Drive
portunity to work with the intensity of a small-cast show and opening the door for more people to participate. According to McCray, A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler present an opportunity for his actors and audience members alike to experience two of the great classics in theater. “You come to understand why they’re classics because they are so electric and ripe, and alive and full of possibilities,” says McCray. “It’s exciting not only to be exposed to two of the major works of the Western canon, but to also see that they’re classics for a reason . . . that they still matter, that they’re still relevant, that they still play.” A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler contain mature themes and are intended for mature audiences, high school aged and above.
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