“This night is one of our many during the year that we get to show off what we do best,” said Fine Arts Director Misty Baptiste. “Liberty Fine Arts continued to excel in competitions this year, as we celebrated the name of Liberty and our Lord wherever we went!”
Artwork from students lined Commons Place, creating a gallery for the audience to enjoy that night. Pieces of countless mediums showed guests the diverse talent of each student-artist.
Commending their excellence, lead art teacher Brandon Graham said, “I love it when students discover their God-given talents, which is one of the reasons why teaching at Liberty is such a blessing to me.”
The band played lively and memorable songs from the ’90s, including a medley of “Aladdin” songs and “Walking on the Sun.”
“I love this band and all the students in it,” said Band Director Jason Umbach. “They continually meet my expectations, giving more of themselves to the music as they become musicians.”
He also extended his thanks to Assistant Band Director Victoria Dedeaux for encouraging band students in their endeavors.
The Dance Team performed crowd-favorite routines from the ’90s, like “Whoomp! (There It Is)” and “Ice Ice Baby.” Dance Team members were accompanied by their mothers and fathers in multiple numbers. Senior Captain Bailee Utter delivered her final solo to the famous “I Will Always Love You.”
“It my absolute honor and privilege to coach this Dance Team,” said Dance Team Director and Liberty alumna Lindsay Rose. “This team is unlike any other – it is built on a love of dance, but most importantly, it is built on the rock of Jesus Christ.”
Choir performed hallmark ’90s anthems with the iconic tunes of “Killing Me Softly,” “I Want It That Way,” and “All Star,” which all showed their state-winning talent. The seniors of Chorale and Worship Culture delivered a heartfelt and celebratory finale by singing “I’ll Be There for You” from “Friends.” Choir Director Kaleigh McFarland and Assistant Choir Director Kelly Cossey commended students on all of their hard work and gave glory to God for all of the choir’s endeavors and back-to-back state championship.
The skits, monologues, and duets from the Advanced Theatre group Encore made the audience both laugh and cry. “ACCENTS, INC.” performed by Will Pearson left viewers contorting their faces and perfecting their world language accents as they laughed throughout his comedy routine. While “Moments Like These,” acted by Sammie Wuensche and Trevor Jones, and “Encore Senior Farewell,” by Sammie, Trevor, and Christian Goodrum, had the crowd searching for tissues. When addressing Encore, Ms. Baptiste said, “You are all world changers, and I could not be prouder of each and every one of you – I love you all!”
She concluded, “The Liberty Fine Arts Department continues to be a unique place where students are encouraged to create, while being led by teachers who love them and love the Lord.”
The student performers gave tribute to the past 25 years of Artist’s Garden, and the school looks forward to 25 more and beyond.