SHERIDAN — The musical, artistic and culinary talents of Sheridan Junior High students will be on display in early April at the fifth annual Art Extravaganza. The Extravaganza is held annually at the SAGE Exhibit Gallery at the Sheridan College Main Street location.
“This is a truly wonderful event that shows the combined hard work of this year’s junior high sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders,” said Mary Lawson, an art teacher at SJHS. “This is a collaborative effort made possible by our junior high teachers and students in conjunction with the SAGE Art Gallery.”
Students will begin setting up their art on April 3 and a reception will be held Thursday, April 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will feature music and singing by students as well a sampling of finger foods created by the school’s food classes.
“I’ll have 50 students that will be doing the cooking,” said Sandy Birkholz, family and consumer science teacher at SJHS. “They all will make some food. Then there will be probably eight or 10 that help out at the Extravaganza.”
Birkholz said the classes will provide punch at the reception, as well as appetizers such as truffles and roll-ups.
“We have a new batch of kids coming in at the quarter and that is 10 days into the quarter, so it is quick training,” she added. “What they really like to do is carry around the trays and pretend they are working in a restaurant! We enjoy it.”
In addition to music and art, SJHS music students will provide a variety of music at the reception as well.
“In years past I used to just do a choir thing downstairs, but last year I invited Doug Moore and his band students to perform too,” said SJHS teacher Tony Sawyer, who teaches choir, guitar and piano. “We take turns having students do different solos. These are volunteer students who want to do this.”
Sawyer said the event is not only a showcase for student talent, but has been attended in the past couple years by other SJHS students who come to look at the art, listen to the music and socialize with friends.
The event is free and open to public. The show will run through April 30.