The Kelly Tyrrelll Gill Night of the Arts, hosted by Milford High School (MHS) Visual and Performing Arts Department, was held on Thursday, December 12. While visual arts students displayed their work throughout the hallways of the school, Milford’s talented performing art students including the MHS jazz band, concert band and women’s select ensemble honored the late Kelly Tyrrell Gill.
Kelly Tyrrelll Gill was an art teacher at the Milford High School who passed away in 2009 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. At the young age of 38, she was not only a talented artist and teacher but also served the community as she coached high school girls in the sports of field hockey and softball. As an instrumental part of developing the Night of the Arts at the Milford High School, Kelly is now honored by her colleagues and friends with the bi-annual event.
Nicole Carter, current art teacher at MHS and organizer of the Night of the Arts, believes that Kelly’s impact on the Milford community continues on through the lessons she instilled in her art student.
“Kelly taught her students that quality is important in their work and that if the quality was not there, hard work was the way to pursue that quality, “ commented Carter. “She really pushed her students and they respected her because of that.”
The importance of the Night of the Arts continues Tyrrell’s legacy by demonstrating to students that expression and presentation of their work is very much a part of visual and performing arts. Art students of Mrs. Karine Richards and Mrs. Nicole Carter displayed two- and three-dimensional art across the school. In the following days the students will evaluate and discuss their own work and that of their peers.
“It is an opportunity for the students to be recognized by the school and their community,” commented Carter. “Most of the art students spend a lot of time and energy with their art and tonight gives them a chance to display their talents and receive praise”
Honoring the memory of Kelly Tyrrell Gill, the Night of the Arts also stresses the importance of art in the education of young minds. Organizers hope that the talent of the students will demonstrate how critical visual and performing are as a part of the public education system.
“Arts demand that you create something original,” stated Carter. “Whether it is art work or music, they demand quality and execution as you take different things that you have learned and allow them to influence in the creation of something original.”
A bi-annual event, the next Kelly Tyrrell Gill Night of the Arts will be held at the Milford High School in May of 2014.