PRIMGHAR—Once again, the artistic ability of South O’Brien Elementary students will be on full display with this year’s edition of the school’s Fine Arts Festival.

The festival will be held 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the school in Primghar.

Jillian Mews, who has taught elementary art at the school for 12 years, is in her 10th year of organizing the festival.

“The Fine Arts Festival is a night dedicated to honoring creativity, self-expression and innovative thinking,” Mews said. “Visual art works from students in grades transitional kindergarten through sixth grade will be on display in the elementary school gym.”

This will be the second festival featuring a Black Light Glow Gallery.

“It was a huge success and received a lot of awesome feedback from the community, students, and staff. Therefore, I decided to bring it back for year two,” Mews said.

She said students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade are working on creating their pieces for the Black Light Glow Gallery.

Mews organized a skating fundraiser in early December for the art department to help provide supplies and materials beyond what the school’s budget could cover. As a promotional tool, she created a flyer, which was posted on all the school’s social media outlets.

“There were 93 students from grades transitional kindergarten through sixth grade who came skating in support of the visual arts that evening,” Mews said. “I also had several monetary donations given. I look forward to sponsoring this event again in the future in anticipation of raising funds to help cover the cost of the additional art supplies needed which are beyond our district’s current budget.”

The work of Mews has caught the attention of several parents whose children are students at the school.

Here is what some of them had to say:

  • “As a parent, I am beyond grateful for the art show at South O’Brien,” said Lacy Enderson, mother of fourth-grader Sadie Enderson. “The kids are always very excited to show off not only their artwork but also their friends’ pieces as well. I look forward to the art show every year. South O’Brien is extremely lucky to have an amazing art teacher like Mrs. Mews.”
  • “As a parent, I really appreciate the time and effort put into having the elementary art show at South O’Brien Elementary,” said Katie Leiding. “It’s a great opportunity to see all the hard work the kids have put in and show off their creativity. My boys have loved being able to show off their artwork in the show. Mrs. Mews always does an amazing job each year having the kids use different art tools and materials in her classes!”
  • “Mrs. Mews does a fantastic job getting the kids to really dig into their projects and be proud of what they are creating,” said Stephanie Beck. “Having the black light room was a wonderful addition and a huge success. My kids were so excited to go to the Fine Arts Festival and show off their hard work. Of course, they had to change clothes before we attended so that they would glow in the black light room like their projects did.”

In addition to the fine arts display, another performance that will be held that evening is a musical solo competition that will showcase the talents of sixth-grade musicians. The performing arts portion of the night will be held in the elementary band room.