News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 9, 2022
Spring Arts Festival returns to GSA

Glass beads

Glass artist Brier-Rose Werner, a 2016 GSA graduate, demonstrates how to make glass beads in her Arts Fest workshop while senior Griffin Werner, her brother, watches.

Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy

The George Stevens Academy campus was alive with creativity in late May with the return of GSA’s Spring Arts Festival after a two-year hiatus, according to a press release.

The celebration of arts of all kinds kicked off with a performance by dancer and musician Molly Gawler.

Over two days, students took part in more than 75 different workshops led by area professionals, alumni, staff and students. The workshops were on subjects as diverse as painting, writing, cooking, gardening, dancing, acting, laser cutting and fly tying.

Each day concluded with music: a battle of the bands on the first day and a performance by singer-songwriter Caroline Cotter on the second.

The festival was organized by Melissa Rioux, chair of the school’s arts department. Rioux would like to thank the workshop presenters and the scores of staff and volunteers who made the return of Arts Fest possible.

Cyr wheel

Molly Gawler on a Cyr wheel during a performance that kicked off the GSA Spring Arts Festival in late May. Gawler also taught Arts Fest dance workshops.

Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy
Glass beads

Glass artist Brier-Rose Werner, a 2016 GSA graduate, demonstrates how to make glass beads in her Arts Fest workshop while senior Griffin Werner, her brother, watches.

Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy
Singer-songwriter Caroline Cotter

Singer-songwriter Caroline Cotter performs on the front steps of the Academy Building to close the GSA Spring Arts Festival. Cotter also taught a songwriting workshop.

Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy