The Arts

Acclaimed Memphis Artist George Hunt spoke to Arlington High Visual Art Students about his experiences as an artist and art educator. Staff Photo.

Acclaimed Memphis Artist George Hunt spoke to Arlington High Visual Art Students about his experiences as an artist and art educator. Staff Photo.

On October 21, Arlington High School Visual Arts students had the opportunity to listen and learn from an acclaimed artist—Memphis painter George Hunt.

Hunt, who taught art in the Memphis City Schools for 36 years, regaled the students with a mixture of stories about his journey to becoming an artist and  aphorisms encouraging the students in their artistic development.


Elizabeth KrantzElizabeth Krantz went to a painting party in November 2011 with some women from her church and came home inspired to paint.  The mom of two young boys, Krantz had been looking for a way to fulfill her need for personal growth.


Brandon Holmes the Best Animated Feature Oscar for Frozen. Photo courtesy of BCS.

UPDATED: This past weekend was big for Lakeland native Disney production coordinator Brandon Holmes. He was part of a team of fellow co-workers & film makers that won an Academy Award for the beloved animated feature, Frozen.

Holmes graduated from Briarcrest Christian School in 2004 and BCS Art teacher, Jenna Fergus talked with his family immediately after he won the Oscar.  Holmes’s mom told Fergus that during his early years at Briarcrest, he spent countless hours honing his art gift which produced a work ethic that has allowed him to shoot for the stars and strive for excellence in his chosen career in movie making.  With a heart full of gratitude for his parents, encouragement from BCS Art teacher Jenna Fergus, Holmes pushed through the huge obstacles of the entertainment industry to attain his dream of working on animated feature films at Disney.

When asked how he felt about winning an Academy Award, Holmes humbly said that he was so honored.

Beauty and the BeastAccording to Bolton High School’s StageLight Theatre, the Monday and Tuesday night performances of Beauty and the Beast has been cancelled due to the weather.

Additional performances have been added on Thursday evening at 7:30 pm, near the end of Bolton High School Preview Night, and on Friday at 7:00 pm. Tickets purchased for Monday night will be honored on Thursday; tickets purchased for Tuesday night will be honored on Friday.

Come watch over forty students bring to life the story of Belle, Maurice, and their quiet little French village. Belle’s world is overturned as she encounters a Beast living on the outskirts of town.

All tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling 873-8150 ext. 242 or purchased at the ticket office at Bolton High School.

AHS_UrinetownManessUrinetown: The Musical is a satirical musical comedy from 2001 that pokes fun at municipal politics, bureaucracy, social irresponsibility and corporate mismanagement. It also mocks beloved musicals like Les Miserables, The Cradle Will Rock, and even the Broadway musical itself. From the MTI website: “One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.”

Urinetown: The Musical — 7:00 pm, February 19-23, tickets are $12

Coming Up:

March 6   —  Whodunnit? Mystery Dinner Theatre

March 17 — Starfish Circus “Playdate” Auditions (for all ages)

March 28  & 30 — Starfish Circus Performances

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