Students Explore World of Fine Arts Blues, Painting and Sculpture Just Part of Stevenson Festival
Spencer, Mark, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Mark Spencer Daily Herald Staff Writer
Stevenson High School students set aside their regular class schedules Tuesday for the first of two days of artistic immersion.
Students drew, sculpted, danced and just watched and listened as about 150 professional artists talked about and performed their crafts.
The hands-down hit of the second biannual Odyssey '98 fine arts festival was the attitude-laced blues singing of Shirley King, daughter of blues legend B.B. King.
Students stormed the stage to dance alongside King as she tore through several standard blues favorites.
Her performances were so popular during the first Odyssey two years ago, she was scheduled for more performances this time so that every student got a chance to see her.
"Students were lying (this year) so they could see her twice," Odyssey co-chairman Katy Pohlman said with a laugh.
This year, Odyssey Coordinator Melissa Jacobs said, more classes were added that got students actively involved in making things and performing.
"We doubled the number of hands-on visual artists," Jacobs said. …