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Arts festival highlights students at Canyon Crest

CARMEL VALLEY — Music, dance, art, food and holiday shopping combined for Canyon Crest Academy’s annual Festival of the Arts on Dec. 12 at the Carmel Valley campus.
The six-hour event showcased the talents of students in the high school’s visual, performing and digital arts program known as Envision.
About 25 vendors were also on hand selling jewelry, clothing and other assorted gifts.
About 270 works of art created by students were available for purchase, as were made-to-order silk-screened
T-shirts and aprons.
The art was produced under the direction of Jessi Matthes, an art teacher in Canyon Crest’s digital and fine arts department.
Running all day in the cinema were original productions and five film screenings by students directed by Mark Raines, the multimedia teacher. Led by Amy Villanova and Anne Whattoff, music performances included concerts by the jazz ensembles, choirs, orchestra, bands and conservatory students.
Canyon Crest dance students performed under the leadership of Rayna Stohl, interim dance coordinator.
There were also excerpts from recent theater shows led by Michael Schwartz, the theater program coordinator.

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