Local Artists and Young Authors Bring Stories to Life

Piedmont Opera’s spring production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute is full of dragons and magical creatures, princes and priests, bears and buffoons. In celebration, and to raise awareness of the show, Piedmont Opera, in conjunction with Associated Artists and the Hispanic Arts Initiative, created the What’s Your Story Contest. Youth from across the Triad submitted their original fairytales, and artists are now in the process of bringing them to life!

On February 26th, artists and the young authors will meet at an official Opening Night at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, where the art will be on display. The public is welcome to attend.

One artist who is participating is Jeanette Yarbrough, who herself had a love of art as a youth. “Creativity was discovered in me at an early age. I found I was better at painting than most of my classmates. The teacher hung one of my works in 1st grade. I remember it was of a big whale. That was 40 or more years ago,” she stated.

Today Jeanette still loves to draw, paint and sculpt. Oil is her favorite medium, because of its richness and lush color. Her unique style, called by some “impressionistic,” is easy to spot among others in an exhibit.

18ff-ella-marion-SFWThe young author who inspired Jeanette’s painting is Ella Marion, the daughter of proud parents Neil and Kristi Marion. Ella is an 11-year-old 5th-grader at Arts- Based School in Winston-Salem, NC. She dances in the UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program and loves writing, acting, drawing, science, playing the clarinet and playing with her little brother, Slate.

The art will also be displayed during the run of The Magic Flute in the lobby of the Stevens Center of the UNCSA. The show opens on March 13th (8:00 p.m.), continues on March 15th (2:00 p.m.) and closes on March 17th (7:30 p.m.). Visit PiedmontOpera.org for more information.