Events highlight high school arts

The Rockford Public Schools All City High School Art Exhibit will open at Octane InterLounge from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2. Ten pieces of artwork from Auburn, East, Guilford and Jefferson will be on display. The event will showcase the range of talent of the Rockford School District’s advanced art students.

“It will be great for the students to have their artwork exhibited at Octane, considering the caliber of artwork that is usually on display there,” said artist Lisa Frost, who is volunteering to put this great project together.

Frost said the art teachers, students and Dan and Michelle Minnick of Octane, are very excited about this opportunity. The artwork will be on display through Feb. 5.

At 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, St. Rita Parish, 6254 Valley Knoll Drive, will be the proud site of a great night of popular vocal music in celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2006. Boylan High School Octaves Jazz Choir will perform along with “The Other Guys.”

“The Other Guys” are the eight men who make up the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) Varsity Men’s Glee Club. They are known around the country for their special blend of musical skill, vocal quality, humor and entertainment. This holiday season, they played to an impressive crowd of 1,700 people on the campus of UIUC. More information available on the group’s Web site,

The concert will be in the school gym. Doors open at 7 p.m., and it is general seating. Tickets for adults are $8, students $5, children younger than 8 are free. For more info or advance tickets, call St. Rita’s office at 398-3466.

These events illustrate how high school students are positively impacted by the arts.

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.

From the Jan. 18-24, 2006, issue

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