VARDEN - Creating surreal art and performing with renowned foreign composers are just two of the accomplishments of the Western Wayne seniors chosen to be one group of WVIA artists of the week for fall 2018.

Both Melody Gershey and Katherine Moore have been named artists of the week. Melody for her visual art work and Kat for her work with performance art.

Melody’s interest in art stemmed from time spent with family members like her grandmother sharing the same talent.

Inspiration for one of Melody’s oil paintings “Autumn Impressionism” came from a piece her grandmother had created.

“I just picked up painting from a young age,” Melody explained.  “I enjoyed seeing my family’s art and found it came naturally to me as well.”

Kat has a great love for visual art just as Melody does.  The girls are in the same art classes for their senior year. Kat explained that she also enjoys painting and other art mediums.

However, the one area Kat excels at even more than visual art is performance art.  She has earned many honors with her music over her four years at Western Wayne and is being recognized by WVIA for performance art.  Some of her honors include qualifying to play with region orchestra for the past two years on obo and playing with music groups in the local community including the ensemble group the Marywood University Wind Symphony.

Through performing with this Marywood group, Kat had the opportunity this past summer to travel to China on a cultural exchange program and play with famed Chinese composers.  She explained how she got to be conducted by the composer of the music for the introduction for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“I learned that music is truly a language for all,” Kat said.  “We were all able to understand what he meant when working with him through how he expressed it.”

Both Melody and Kat are thrilled to be one group of artists named as WVIA artists of the week for the fall of 2018. Their segment will air on WVIA in November. 

For the latest information on WVIA artists of the week, see their website http://www.wvia.org/education/artist-week/
Both Western Wayne seniors will be WVIA artists of the week in November.