Frenship’s got talent: First Fine Arts Festival at Civic Center shows off performances and artwork from all ages

Art in a variety of forms was on display from Frenship Independent School District students at the first Fine Arts Festival held at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
Frenship High School Band Director Tom SoRelle said the event was so successful he is already planning next year’s event.
Choirs from elementary schools, middle schools and FHS performed, as well as all of the district bands, the FHS Theater Department and the FHS Dancers.
“There were well over 5,400 people who came to concerts in the theater,” SoRelle said, including 1,200 students who performed in the showcase of Frenship’s art talent.
SoRelle said those numbers only reflect those who attended performances — he was unable to track attendance at the art show as well.
“The art show was well attended. It was crowded all day,” he said.
“There was a lot more than I expected were going to be here,” said junior trombonist James Diez.
The festival is good for the schools because it provides positive public relations and a good attitude among students, as well as encouraging students to participate, SoRelle said.
“This is the one time we have got them all together… in one setting,” said SoRelle. “Somewhere in there, it does help with getting students involved and getting students to stick with it.”
One thing that surprised SoRelle was every time he was in the lobby among Frenship students’ artwork, a band student would come up asking him to look at some artwork they had done.
“Students are really excited about the fine arts, and are doing it in more than one area — a lot of crossover students in the fine arts,” he said.
One of his students, sophomore tenor saxophonist Missy Aleman, said she really enjoyed performances by the high school honor band, as well as sculptures on display at the art show. Aleman spent the entire day at the Fine Arts Festival as a volunteer with Texas Future Music Educators Association.
“It shows that Frenship has a lot to offer. It shows that we’re not just academics or sports. We have an art program that allows kids an opportunity to express themselves,” said Aleman.
Although she said some artwork from FHS students is on display at the school, she doesn’t normally get to see a lot of art, and certainly none from elementary or middle school students. Getting to see all of the different art on display was a treat, she said.
Diez said he also enjoyed hearing some of the other groups perform.
“It’s really nice when we’re able to come and see all the smaller bands, the middle school jazz bands and all the artwork going on,” he said.
SoRelle said the event was funded entirely through corporate sponsorships and private donations. Sponsors for the event included George McMahan Development, Bacon Crest, ARMtech Insurance Services, Director’s Choice, Betenbough Homes and Frenship Band Boosters. Other sponsors were Lubbock Arts Alliance, Aim Bank, BGR Architects, Goodtime Bingo, Tarpley Music, Rachel Queen Services and Pediatric Associates of Lubbock.

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