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Manual Visual Art seniors Madi Gonsalves, Hang Nguyen, Kasey Scarbrough, Kyleen Johnson, Kendall Swann, Allison Paxton, Marissa Pantoja and Abby Stowers hosted their senior art show entitled “Apricity” last Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Apricity featured many medias of work done by each of the eight artists so far this year.

VA seniors will not set up another art show until after Christmas break, however, Apricity will be open to all students in the VA annex on the first floor until the next show comes.

The definition for “apricity” is the warmth of the sun in the winter. Gonsalves explains the reason for the group giving the show this title.

“We wanted a themed name, something along the lines of water,” Gonsalves said. “That was a middle ground for everyone in the group and we all agreed on it.”

Scarbrough revealed how she felt about the outcome of the show.

“I think it turned out well for the amount of time we had to pull it all together,” Scarbrough said. “Overall, seeing my art and my peers’ work in the show was a good feeling.”

Gonsalves also elaborated on how it felt to have her work on display for a large number of attendees.

“I got to experience my first gallery opening, a sneak peek of what it feels like to be a successful artist,” Gonsalves said. “I felt like I got closer to the art community in Louisville and I was able to say I contributed to something I never thought I was capable of.”

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Manual Visual Art (VA) seniors Olivia Knepshield, Sierra Zwenger, Cameron Mader, Yvonne Taylor, Naudica Sermon, Dylan Daves, Alex Reczek and Darius Payne hosted the first senior art gallery of the school year, entitled “The Pulse Beats Red,” on Nov. 18, 2014.

“The Pulse Beats Red” displayed different medias of art created by each of the eight senior so far this year.

To follow the “pulse” theme, the seniors set up a speaker that projected a loud heartbeat.

New galleries will be set up by different groups of seniors in the Visual Arts magnet throughout the school year.

“I think that we were all satisfied with the outcome,” Knepshield said. “I feel that I have gotten to know some great people in my magnet.”

Taylor made the best of her experience.

“The gallery was so much fun because I was with all of my friends, so it made my senior experience more memorable,” Taylor said.

Jennifer Mansfield (12, J&C) attended the gallery, and it was the first time she had attended a  VA gallery opening.

“I feel like it [the art] impacts you more if you know the artist personally. Knowing that you’re in the same grade or class as the artists is interesting and adds a lot to my experience,” Mansfield said.

 

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THINGS-TO-DO-LOGO

Friday, June 6

Summer Mixtape @ Block Party Handmade Boutique

560 S. Fourth St.

5pm, free

A collection of artwork from local artists. A majority of the artwork will be representative of summer, or capture summer moments. There will be a DJ hosting the opening of the gallery. The art will be on display until June 30.

 

Joy Wilson’s “Conversations of Space” @ Regalo

140 N. Fourth St.

5:30pm-9pm, free

Joy Wilson is a Chicago artist whose recent works will be on display at this gallery. She says that these works are “based on recent and past experiences of progression toward and involving balance.” A portion of the proceeds from this gallery will be donated to the Louisville AIDS Walk.

 

RENT @ Tim Faulkner Gallery

1512 Portland Ave.

2pm, $18

This show’s proceeds will be donated to Acting Against Cancer, a non-profit organization that raises money to support cancer research. In the past they have raised over $350,000. So, enjoy your time and sing along to this classic performance. It’s for a good cause!

 

CARRIE: The Musical @ KY Center for the Arts

501 W. Main Street

$16, various times, runs through June 15

Many of you may be familiar with Carrie, one of Stephen King’s most popular stories. It was turned into a movie in 1976, and later re-made in 2013. This performance was a Broadway hit two years ago, and features music from the producers of other performances such as Footloose and Flashdance.

Saturday, June 7

 Americana World Festival @ Iroquois Amphitheater

1080 Amphitheater Rd.

11am-9pm, Free

The Americana Community Center is celebrating their 24th annual “World Fest,” where Louisville’s diverse citizens can come together and express their cultures. There will be a $1,500 raffle, arts and crafts, and two stages for live music and entertainment. The Americana Community Center supports citizens of Louisville from over 100 different nations. In the past, the World Fest has had over 5,000 attendees, all supporting the Americana Community Center’s cause.

 

Butchertown Art Fair

800 and 900 blocks of E. Washington St.

10am-6pm (or 11am-5pm Sunday), Free

The sixth annual Butchertown Art Fair is known as one of the best in Louisville. It will host over 80 vendors, along with food trucks and a pet adoption station. All proceeds will be used to support the Butchertown Neighborhood Association, and those attending are encouraged to donate school supplies for Lincoln Elementary.

 

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Students pleadge to not only go to college but also to graduate

Juniors attack the seniors.

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The Ark Band performs a selection of songs from their newest album "Fire Dub"

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The front lawn of the library is filled with food tents, workshops, and members of the community.

On Saturday, May 10, the Louisville Free Public Library hosted the How-To Festival at the Main Library. The free event drew almost 4,000 people and featured over 50 sessions on how to do things, such as how to belly dance, how to fence and how to age gracefully.

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The participating seniors' names are incorporated into the hallway entrance.

Last Thursday, Mr. Curtis’ Photography 2 class debuted their show “Stop Bath” in the Norma E. Brown gallery. The opening was held at 3:00 PM after school and was met with a large audience of friends, family and fellow Manual teachers/students. The gallery showcased a total of 16 students’ work, the largest group the class has ever had, over the course of two years of photo class. Although each artist’s space was limited, they were able to pull off a full immersion into each style. Walking into a show that was exclusively for a photo class one would most likely expect a room just decorated with artistic, black & white photos. But, as is everything at Manual, they went even further.

The first thing to catch the attendee’s eye would be the wall of head shots of the artists. Just a normal portrait, right? Not even close. Each shot showed the artist immersed in an opaque, white liquid. Their faces each barely surfaced with a different style. Some looked at peace; others on the verge of insanity. The inspiration for this came from Jenna Farineau’s own photo series which was featured in LEO Weekly. The name of the show; Stop Bath. Below the name they placed the definition, which is simply the name of the chemical bath they put photos in while developing. It’s the chemical that stops the developing process and before you put it in the fixer chemical. And when the viewer turns to their right, they will see a large, metal bathtub that is ‘overflowing’ with photos taken by the artists. On top of this, throughout the entire room there are clips of negatives hanging in lightbulbs. To say the photographers went out of their way would be an understatement.

A bath sculpture adhering to the name of the gallery, "Stop Bath."
A bath sculpture adhering to the name of the gallery, “Stop Bath.”

A simple 5×7 photograph didn’t suffice for the creativity in Mr. Curtis’ class. Each artist’s slot showcased at least one piece that would ‘pop’ at the viewer. Literally. What is mostly thought of as a  2-dimensional art medium, photography in this room was obviously taking some liberties and strayed away from the classic interpretation. From shadow boxes that gave layers to the original photo background to a panorama landscape that hangs and rotates from the ceiling. I’m sure the artists unintentionally left a fresh coat of brains all over the walls after the showing, because certainly there were minds blown.

One photo project.
A panorama suspended.

In the end, the Photo 2 show is unlike any of its kind. I would highly recommend all who have the opportunity to view the gallery before it’s taken down. The photography students put a lot of heart into this show and its a great way to end their high school career with a bang.

Henry Owen (10, #8) looks for the open pass from a teammate.

The varsity boys’ lacrosse team lost to the Trinity Shamrocks 19-3 on April 30, 2014.