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Spartan Fiesta brings creativity to life

The 45th Annual Spartan Fiesta is held in Superior Senior High School gym 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The creative event, which includes work from more than 200 art students and performances by young musicians, is free for the public.

The 45th Annual Spartan Fiesta is held in Superior Senior High School gym 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The creative event, which includes work from more than 200 art students and performances by young musicians, is free for the public.

Art students of Bill Gedde, Deb Thompson and Diane Sharrow display hundreds of two- and three-dimensional artwork. Paintings, drawings and ceramics are available for viewing and, in some cases, purchase.

Senior art students vying for the Yaworski and Brugraff scholarships will piece together special displays showing the wide range of their work.

Entertainment for the colorful event will be provided by the students of the Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jean Leibfried and the Superior High School Jazz Band under the direction of Joe Kasparek. Refreshments provided by Pam Clark's students.

The Superior High School Garden Club will be selling starter plants and there's also a bake sale to raise money for Lake Superior Elementary School.

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For senior Karlie Thomas, the annual event provides a chance to nab a scholarship and show the public what she has created over the school year. Her work includes a ceramic vase, a comical pressed clay pot with an elephant head and tail, and many paintings and drawings.

The Spartan Fiesta, Thomas said, "lets the public see how much hard work goes into art classes."

Fellow senior Abby Gotelaere agreed.

"I think people will be surprised with what high school students are able to create," she said. One of the works Gotelaere plans to display, a drawing of her mother and two dogs based on an old photograph, took at least four weeks to create. Although she doesn't plan to pursue a career in art, the senior appreciates expressing herself through art.

"I'm in a lot of hard academic classes," she said. "It's nice to be able to take art classes. There's a different kind of focus, kind of a relaxant for me."

Thomas enjoys the freedom and challenge of ceramics.

"You can really make anything you want in it," she said. "You are not limited to a flat surface."

They credit their teachers for allowing them to express themselves. The teachers, in turn, are excited to give youth a chance to shine.

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"We've got great students," Gedde said.

"Which makes our job fun, fun, fun," Sharrow added.

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Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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