Local artists along with FHS student artists prepare masks for gala

When the Friendswood ISD EducationFoundation presents its Moonlight Masquerade gala Feb. 15, it will carry withit some touches made for the night by area artists and student artists atFriendswood High School.

            The young and local artists both created special masks for the evening for decoration in the silent auction and other areas of The Houstonian where thegala is being held as well as offering masks for sale to the 460 guests attending.

            Moonlight Masquerade is part Venetian masquerade and part Mardi Gras with more colors,more variety in masks and flare.

            Area artists include Jenifer Sundrla, Mary Giles Wise, and Betsy Miller. Foundation development consultant Lynn Shigekawa designed several and local business, GulfCoast Educator’s FCU designed a his and hers for the event. FISD parent/volunteer Teresa Ehrman created a Mustang mask as well as a camouflage one for men attending.

            Student artists include Nicole Casey, Cassandra Cordero, Sarah Evans, Hannah Maetzold, Maggie Roher, Charlotte Wright, Bridgette Creech, and Tala Spiller. The students are under the direction of Mary Wise, art teacher at the high school.Wise is joined by Jan Nemitz and Mandy Harris who also teach art.

            “We wanted to get the student artists to think about masks and decorate one in what they thought would be best and we received fantastic ones,”  gala chair Lesley DiBello said. “We are very pleased with their results. They look great alongside the full time artists’ masks. In fact, anyone would have a problem guessing which was high school and which were not. They are that good!”

            The gala is being held at The Houstonian, Saturday Feb. 15 from 6:30 to midnight.  This is the FISD Education Foundation’s only major fundraiser each year. In the Foundation’s 15th year, the 501 (c)(3) will celebrate having a million dollar endowment fund as well as having given one million dollars to the faculty, staff and campuses in FISD.