Maranatha’s annual art show highlights excellent artists in the community. Students and faculty pass by the displays in the hallway, and see the pieces only briefly. The art show allows for them to look at the art longer, and in a broader range.
Maranatha’s annual art show highlights excellent artists in the community. Students and faculty pass by the displays in the hallway, and see the pieces only briefly. The art show allows for them to look at the art longer, and in a broader range. The displays for AP Studio Art are placed in the student center from April 16th to the 27th. Next the Honors Painting, Honors Portfolio Prep, Painting and Drawing, Art Intro and Drawing classes will have their artworks put up from April 30th to May 4th. Afterwards, Photo I and II, Graphic Design I and Advanced Graphic Design will have their works displayed May 7th to the 11th. Finally, AP Studio Art: Photo Graphic Design Emphasis have their works from May 14th to May 24th.
On Saturday, local artists will come over to judge the artworks and pick winners. Two of the artists are actually Maranatha alumni. One is Colleen Police Jufer, graduate of the class of 2000, who now helps designs scenes in Disney’s new “Muppet Babies”. The other alumni is Benjamin Tong (class of 2011), who works on the upcoming “Where’s Waldo” animated series. Both were very talented artists and had excellent portfolios during their time as Maranatha students. Colleen Police-Jufer was interested in designing backdrops digitally. Benjamin Tong focused on comic-book styles and character designs.
Ms. Diane Barnhart, who directs the art show, says, “We as a Christian school need to highlight our art because it is a way of worship, it honors him.” In many schools, both public and private, visual arts is not seen as important as other educational courses. People fail to recognize that art is also important, especially for a Christian community like Maranatha. Often times, Christian art can be stereotyped, as if they only existed inside of chapels and other areas of worship. God asks students to give back to him in various forms of moral righteousness and academic excellence; visual art is not an exception. It’s important that Maranatha’s community incorporates not only critical courses, but all other aspects that define what makes a great student. As Ms. Barnhart says, “God is the creator and we reflect who he is.”
(Art by Colleen Police Jufer, “Montmarte” for "Minnie's Bow-Toons" Season 3 on Disney Jr.)