Immersed in the arts

Local artist Jim Kanas plays a tune for students and parents during the Fine Arts Festival.

ROCHELLE — Over 170 students and their families took part at a fine arts festival earlier this week at Lincoln School.

The event, hosted by the Hub Project and the Rochelle Elementary School District’s Fine Arts Committee, featured sessions with different arts mediums led by local artists.

The sessions, each lasting a half-hour, were located in the gym, music room, art room, teacher’s lounge and two classrooms. Participants rotated between sessions and either playing and listening along to musical instruments, learning folk dance or trying their hand at a few different art mediums.

“This is such a fun family event,” said Amy Hayden, Hub Project coordinator. “It gives everyone a chance to try some different art activities. Fine arts festivals expose kids to new types of art beyond the traditional mediums we offer in the school setting and are hopeful that kids will try new things that they otherwise might not get a chance to.”

This year’s sessions were led by:  David Stocker, Conga drum circle; Craig Deets, folk dancing; Jackleen Potts, Shrinky Dink art; Vanessa Goslin, oil pastel resist with paint; Beth Mock, sculpture-based art; and Jim Kanas, musical instruments.