By: Ryan Glatzel/Junior Writer
On Thursday November 21st, 2019, three Blue Ridge art students participated in the WVIA, Public Broadcasting Service, Artist of the Week.
Junior Breanna Graves, senior KayLeen Conklin, and sophomore Mirella Annesi met with WVIA producers to film individual interviews that are set to premiere in the spring.
For Conklin, the experience was the first time she had performed on a sound stage. She commented, “I was definitely nervous, but I enjoyed it. It reminded me of how much I love to perform for others.”
Conklin says she started her music career in elementary school. “I started out on piano in 3rd grade, but then switched my focus to the flute in 5th grade.” For the WVIA piece, Conklin says she participated in an interview and played a solo flute piece.
For Graves, it was the first time she danced for anything of such importance. She says, “The experience was fun, new, and completely different from anything I’ve ever done before.”
Graves started her dance career back in her old town of Coudersport at a young age. For her, the journey has not always been easy. “At my old dance studio, they threw me in advanced classes, even though I was a beginner. I then moved here, to New Milford, and started dancing at WHDA (Windwood Hill Dance Academy), was put in the right classes, and fell in love with dance.”
For the WVIA piece, Graves participated in an interview and performed one of her solos “Out Loud.” One thing Graves mentions in her interview is a thank you to her dance teacher Miss Bobbie, when she says, “I would like to thank her for all the hard work and dedication to make me a better dancer, and for always believing in me no matter what.”
For Annesi, this was the first time she showed her art outside of the school.
“My experience was one that impacted me greatly and an amazing opportunity, and it made me feel like I was bigger than my art and I could inspire others.”
Annesi started art at a young age.
“I started when I was young, and my mom always encouraged me to keep going.”
For the WVIA piece, Annesi did an interview and showed some of her art pieces (pictured on the side).
All in all, it was a great experience for the students who attended, and a way for them to show off their talents to the surrounding community.