Western Pines Presents Fine Arts Festival

Students and parents at Western Pines Middle School recently enjoyed a night of culture and elegance as they celebrated the school’s inaugural Fine Arts Festival.

Students in the band, art and culinary departments displayed their talents as parents and community members gathered to recognize the students’ effort and hard work. Dining on a student-prepared menu of fresh caprese skewers, two kinds of savory meatballs, finger sandwiches and more, everyone in attendance was full of praise for the Culinary Arts students.

As the culinary arts students circulated through the event with trays full of goodies, parents, faculty and other guests browsed the hundreds of pieces of artwork on display. Many of the young artists proudly discussed their artwork with the crowd. For the final event of the evening, which also included a silent auction, the Western Pines band played to a standing-room-only crowd. Students from beginning, jazz, concert and symphonic bands treated the crowd to an outstanding show.

Eighth-grader Sara Irvani, who had seven pieces on display, expressed it best. “Art is a stress reliever,” she said. “It’s fun, and you’re not limited.”

ABOVE: Seventh-grader Maryanna Poe circulates with a delectable treat, compliments of the Culinary Arts Department.