"Performing arts is always live, so it's really nice to be part of something that's permanent. I think this mosaic is going to be so beautiful, and will liven up the performing arts hallway," shares Ava Meyer, a Bloomfield Hills High School senior and member of Bloomfield Chorale, one of many musical opportunities available to BHHS students.
Performing arts students helped create a mosaic, which upon completion will hang by the entrance into the performing arts wing. At the Dessert Concert, the first concert of the school year featuring the BHHS orchestra, choir and band, families were encouraged to be involved in the creation of the mosaic throughout the evening.
The driving force behind the art comes from the family of Julianne Silverstein Vinik, an Andover graduate of 1977 who was a Jill, and who passed away two years ago. Julianne's mother, Dolores Silverstein, shares, "I wanted some living memory of her. Because she was so involved in the school - and this is a new school - it was a good thing to do. Her sister Jennifer was also here, and was a disc jockey, so there is a microphone in the mosaic. And my two grandchildren, who years later went here, were drum majors, and played the saxophone and the trombone. So we have a saxophone and a trombone represented on the mosaic. My husband died nine years ago, and he would have been thrilled with this art project. Music was always our love."
Silverstein brought in artist Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan to make the project come to life. Silverstein explains, "I had seen Gail's work at the Detroit Public Library windows. Gail was the liaison, and because she had done other work here at BHHS, they were very receptive to her project. She had the kids brainstorm things - Beethoven is on the mosaic because the kids wanted it. This is how she works with schools - she's amazing!"
Kaplan, who was also present at the Dessert Concert, shares, "With my partner Dani Katsir, we've done community mosaics all over the city, and have done two projects at BHHS. This was another great opportunity to be involved with the students. And it was designed by the students! It's an interlocking piece, with five large pieces that will fit together on the wall by the music wing. It's about music, dance, and all the performing arts. The students submitted images, drawings and concepts of what they wanted. We put it together into a composition and outlined it to have it here tonight, to get it done with everyone's help."
Stephanie Recknagel, a BHHS senior and co-captain of the Jills, shares, "I thought it was really awesome to be part of something that's going to be at our school forever. It's so fantastic to put music on a wall. I love the artwork, because it brings all forms of performing arts together. We all do so much together, so it's neat to see it in the artwork. I'm super excited to see it go up, and can't wait for everyone to see it!"
Many thanks to the collaboration between BHHS performing arts students, their teachers, Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan and Dolores Silverstein for this incredible contribution to BHHS, to beautify and brighten the performing arts wing.