Gala Showcases Blake High Talent
TAMPA - To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Howard W. Blake High's Magnet School for the Arts has invited some of its graduates to perform and exhibit their work at the third annual Gala Arts Event and Fundraiser on Friday. "This is showcasing what the students have accomplished with Blake being a foundation," said Teresa Winston, the school's fine arts coordinator and lead arts teacher. The performers include: •Pianist Victor Pinedo, who received the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship to Princeton University and is majoring in engineering and music performance.•Dan'yelle Williamson, a 2002 graduate who is performing in the musical "Wicked" in Chicago. Williamson earned a theater degree from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 2006. •Dancer Liana Repass, a 2002 graduate who performs with Cirque du Soleil. •Dayve Stewart, a saxophonist who is pursuing a commercial music degree at Florida State University. He recorded a CD titled "Feel Me" and has performed with musicians such as jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. •Eric Darius, a saxophonist who is signed to Blue Note Records. The 2001 graduate has released three jazz recordings and toured worldwide. He has jammed with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and saxophonist Paquito D' Rivera. The exhibitors include: •Alex Hibbs, an artist who works with copper, silver, brass and other metals. He is studying for a bachelor's in fine arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz. •Lauren Kinsler, a filmmaker whose documentary "Calvin's World" won the 2005 Best of Season Award at the South by Southwest Festival. She will shoot the film "Widow" next month in Tampa. •Ari Richter, an alternative media artist who teaches art at Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina. He graduated from Blake in 2001 and has fine arts degrees from FSU and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. •Jordan Scott, an artist who is studying photography and creative writing at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. He graduated from Blake in 2004 and his work includes self-portraits in which he portrays characters such as a rapper and skateboarder. Blake's previous galas honored local artists and students excelling in the arts. Proceeds are used to buy costumes, stage lighting and other equipment, and also pay for instrument repair and field trips. The arts program offers 14 majors, including band, orchestra, chorus, film and creative writing. The program has more than 800 students, and the school has 20 fine arts teachers. "I think this is going to be an amazing show," Winston said. "The fact they are coming here and bringing the talent that they have honed to Blake High School." IF YOU GO WHAT: Third annual Gala Arts Event and Fundraiser celebrating Ten Years of Excellence in the Arts WHERE: Howard W. Blake High School, 1701 N. Boulevard. WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday TICKETS: $10; available at the school Friday or by calling Teresa Winston at (813) 272-3422, Ext. 719
Reporter Jose Patino Girona can be reached at (813) 835-2110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.