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Riverdale District Art Night returns

Artistic and musical talent of students in grades K-12 is put on display

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Marisa Steinberg enjoys looking at the art with her dad, Lance. Students had a chance to shine during Riverdale District Art Night last week.

Students in grades preK-12 displayed their work in the annual showcase, which was held April 27 at Riverdale High School. Art Night offers an opportunity for the community to celebrate the artwork students have been toiling over all year long, Riverdale High art teacher David Schell says.

There also is a wide range of musical performances from middle and high school students.

Schell says he also loves hearing all of the performers — bands, choirs — “filling every corner of the school with music."REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - John Bennett checks out the student art exhibits.

He notes that he always looks forward to the Senior Showcases, which involve 12th-graders hanging all of the work they believe best represents their interests and aesthetic. He says he respects the technical control of older students, whether it’s “with animation, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, or anything else.”

“They become capable of working with more sophisticated concepts and creating more complex images,” he says.

Yet, Schell adds that it is highly beneficial to everyone to view artwork at all developmental stages, including the earliest ones.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Supriya Raj checks out a piece of artwork.

“I envy the creative freedom that the first-graders have with their work,” he says. “I work hard to have that much freedom when I’m doing my own work, and I usually can’t do it!”

Schell says Art Night is an exciting event, and it just wouldn’t be possible without the local community’s help.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Rowan Donohoo, 6, has fun in the drawing room with Jack Conely.

“The Riverdale community has been so supportive of the arts in our schools,” he says. “Art Night is really a reflection of community values. It would be a difficult to put on a night like this without the sustained support of the district.”

— Jillian Daley