The Falmouth Academy Arts Departments hosted the end-of-year Spring Art Show and Concert on Friday, May 18th starting with the art show at 5 p.m. with student art on display throughout the building. The Spring Concert was held in the Simon Center for Arts at 6:30 PM and featured all student musicians with 9 senior solos.
The artwork on display was created this academic year in all Falmouth Academy art electives: photo, ceramics, painting, drawing, woodworking, as well as AutoCad. Mrs. Lucy Nelson, who teaches painting and drawing in addition to facilitating Arts Across the Curriculum, said, “at least two thirds of the student body was represented in this show” as both introductory and advanced classes’ work was displayed in the “over 150 pieces that went up.” The show included pieces ranging from darkroom photographs to wheel thrown ceramics to large scale batiks and were arranged “so as you walked down the hall, you felt a rhythm to the work,” says Mrs. Nelson.
The show featured Senior Retrospectives, which were exhibitions by current seniors who have participated in art electives and are taking at least one advanced level class.They curated their own section and chose at least eight pieces to display from work created in electives, in Falmouth Academy’s signature Arts Across the Curriculum program, or outside of school. A brief personal statement accompanied the retrospective, offering a glimpse into the senior’s perspective on what they've chosen.
The evening included a good-natured competition for Best in Show as well as Best in Category.
Martha Clark '18 and Becca Cox' 18 were chosen Best in Show for Upper School and Spencer Goldsmith '22 for Middle Schooll.
The collaboration between the music program and the visual arts is a Falmouth Academy tradition. Mr. George Scharr, the arts department chair, believes that the two have a “natural symbiosis”. For the concert, all instrumental groups came together to open with “Pictures at an Exhibition” composed by Modest Mussorgsky. The piece represented a stroll through an art gallery and a slide show of student art provided a backdrop timed to the music.
The musical selections for the evening performance made the most of the record-high participation in band with 41 students sharing the stage with members of the boys’ and girls’ choruses. Much like the Senior Retrospectives of the visual arts students, seniors had the opportunity to present a solos, performing a song of their choosing.
The Falmouth Academy Spring Arts Evening aims to honor the work of students and teachers throughout the year. Family, friends, and the wider community are invited to join in this celebration and share in all that students and faculty appreciate about artistic expression.
Artwork courtesy of Falmouth Academy students: homepage watercolor by Martha Clark '18; photo top of page by Megan Iverson '18; silk batik middle of the page by Becca Cox '18; choir photo (l-r) Ellie Thomas '21, Josh Watson '18, Emmett Favreau '22, and Noah Glasgow '21.