Faculty, staff, families and friends of Wye River Upper School were treated to an evening of the arts at the annual Art and Music Expo earlier this month at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.
Against the backdrop of the Bay, students shared their musical talents and exhibited a variety of fine art pieces. Among the highlights were sculptures of human figures made of packaging tape posed around the center. One figure sculpture was found emerging from the side of the building while another was paddling a kayak and reaching over to pull his friend out of the water.
Other works included watercolor landscapes, charcoal sketches, perspective drawings, digital photography and some original student films.
WRUS music teachers, Kara Klucarits and Kimberleigh Nichols enjoyed watching their students in this culminating annual event and even performed with students in several pieces.
The music for the evening had been chosen by the students and several seventies rock selections were performed. Janice Joplin, Jonny Cash, Led Zeppelin, and Queen hits were covered by several performers.
Student dancers choreographed a group number to the Latin American sounds of Juan Luis Guerra. The piece was particularly meaningful since many of the students had just visited the Dominican Republic a few weeks prior.
At intermission Director of Art and Technology, James Martinez, made a few remarks that captured the essence of the evening.
“These students work hard all year,” he Martinez said. “They take risks and pour their heart into their work. The result is what you see here and we are very proud of them.”
Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory high school offering a supportive, yet challenging curriculum for students with a wide range of learning styles and needs such as ADHD, ADD and dyslexia. WRUS is centrally located on the campus of Chesapeake College in Wye Mills Maryland and currently serves students from seven counties in the Eastern and Central Maryland regions.