Neighbors join in song
As part of Shady Hill School’s Black History Month assembly on February 17, Chorale sang “Honey in the Rock,” a spiritual, before joining with members of the Shady Hill Chorus to perform the African-American National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Shady Hill Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Practice James Greenwood wanted to invite a guest chorus to the assembly, and after reading on the school’s website that Chorale sang African-American spirituals and gospels, he contacted Chorale Director Joe Horning in early January to invite the 27-person group to the all-school assembly.
Katie McKinley ’18 said she enjoyed sharing her music outside of the BB&N community and being involved in a celebration with such a clear theme and historical tribute.
“We haven’t combined with another choir this year, so it was fun to be able to mix our voices and hear how new singers contributed to our songs,” she added.
Casual curator speaks to US students
Last week Boston-based fine art and architectural photographer Yorgos Efthymiadis spoke to a group of Upper School (US) students in the photography classroom about “The Curated Fridge,” his at-home gallery. Mr. Efthymiadis collects photography from artists all over the world and exhibits the pieces in quarterly shows for up to 50 people in his Somerville kitchen. To create a more casual setting, he displays the pictures on his refrigerator. Film and Video Teacher Andrew Warren, a close friend of Mr. Efthymiadis, thought of inviting him to speak to US students about his informal, creative exhibits. He ran the idea by Photographer Teacher Parrish Dobson, who opened the lecture to all students. “Many of us use our refrigerators as a means to display art—or important documents such as exceptionally good grades—in our daily lives,” Mr. Warren said. “[Fridges] are not something that we might think a lot about, yet they are a way of keeping art front-and-center in our lives.” Ben Morris ’18 said Mr. Efthymiadis’ modesty and very intentional creative process struck him. “I really like the idea of making art so accessible—any artists can send him work, and it’s all put in such a looked-at location,” he added. “[Yorgos] assembles the pieces logically—you can find connections between any two photos next to each other in his exhibit—while still maintaining the integrity and individuality of each photograph.”
School poets and photographers collaborate
This February, the Advanced Photography class and English Teacher Sarah Getchell’s senior poetry writing elective collaborated to produce mixed media pieces for an upcoming Upper School exhibit slated for the week of March 6 in the art studio.
The two classes swapped 11 photos for 11 poems so that each photographer received a poem and each poet received a photograph. The photography students took photos based on their interpretation of the poem, while the poetry students wrote poems inspired by the photo they were given.
The idea of collaboration between the two classes came to Ms. Getchell and Photography Teacher Parrish Dobson during a conversation about ekphrasis, the verbal description of visual art.
“There’s a long tradition of ekphrastic poetry projects out there,” Ms. Getchell said. “We thought that this would be a fun and inspirational way to create work across mediums here at BB&N.”
Advanced Photography student Henry Parente ’18 said he found the work challenging and rewarding.
“Even though the mediums are so similar, taking photos based on poems is a lot harder than you would think because you have to try to think like another person,” he added.