Ekphrastic Poetry

An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Mrs. Darlene Blakely takes her AP students on a field trip to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) each year so they can compose an ekphrastic poem inspired by one of the TMA’s artworks (glass, sculpture, painting, etc.). …

Evan Zorovich-Long Soars in The Nutcracker

*Featured image photo credit to Patrick Wolff A little over five years ago, Evan Zorovich-Long’s mother won a ticket for a free ballet class.  Instead of using it herself, she asked nine-year-old Evan to give it a shot.  Reluctantly, he obliged. As Evan describes it, by the time the first lesson was over, he was…

NYC Graphic Designer Stops by Alma Mater

Our fine arts students were treated to a presentation by alumnus, Steven Rank (1988).  Mr. Rank is founder and owner of Sarankco, which is a successful graphic design studio located in New York City.  The company he founded ten years ago with himself as the only employee now has a payroll of 32 employees.  They…

Fall Play is Heavy…with Talent

A trio of one acts comprise this year’s fall play.  The Holocaust-themed works are having a powerful impact on audiences, as evidenced by the occasional gasped reactions.  The two-night event is characteristic of Mrs. Shepard’s modus operandi of using theatrical performances in a didactic nature, and I certainly felt simultaneously informed and entertained. The incredible…