BEN HUR – The 22nd annual Kaleidoscope Fine Arts Festival was held at Lee High School Friday evening, April 21, 2017. Heavy rains and flash flooding did not deter the crowds as people came from all around to see, hear, and experience visual and musical artwork and performance created by Lee County elementary and secondary students from 5-9 p.m.
Visual art media included acrylic, watercolor, and tempera painting, charcoal and pen & ink drawing, clay, papier-mâché, and ready-made sculpture, stained glass, string art, and mosaic.
Musical acts included both band and choral performances.
Band performances began at 6 p.m. with beginners from Elydale Elementary and Jonesville and Pennington Middle School performing beautifully under the direction of Ms. Andrea Hines and Mr. Jonathan McCullough. About half an hour later, the 7th and 8th graders from Jonesville and Pennington took center stage for an equally impressive performance.
Angelic voices filled the air for the 7 o’clock hour, as chorals were performed by the Jonesville-Pennington Middle Combined Chorus at 7 p.m. and the Lee High-Thomas Walker Combined Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Both choruses were directed by Ms. Cari Belcher.
Mr. Chris Aker directed the Lee High Band for a spirited performance that began at 8 o’clock, and which proved to be a most enjoyable half-hour.
Rounding out the musical portions of Kaleidoscope was a fine musical performance by Flatwoods, Elk Knob, and Dryden Elementary students led by Ms. Andrea Hines on stage in the C. Bascom Slemp Auditorium.