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Bloomfest 2012 Ushers in Spring

This weekend, the HWS Arts Collective, HWS Live and the Architecture Society are ready to pull back the curtain and present Bloomfest 2012.  On April 27, 28, and 29, the clubs will host a joint, three-day celebration of the arts, with hands-on workshops, student performances and professional artists.  This collaboration targets all outlets of artistic integrity, providing members of campus the chance to show their creativity.

Last year’s ArtFest, a project that William Smith graduates Claire Leavengood-Boxer ‘11 and Kate Giglio ’11, inspired Bloomfest.  The event prompted recognition of the arts on campus when the Arts Collective and the Architecture Society renovated a storefront on Seneca Street, creating an art gallery open to the public. This year, Bloomfest seeks to reinforce a cohesive union of the campus art clubs, highlighting the Colleges’ passion for the arts.

The event will kick off on Friday, April 27, where members of CAB have sponsored a visit of Drive By Press at 12:30 p.m. in Scandling Campus Center.  This group of printmaking artisans from New York City will distribute free, originally designed, Bloomfest T-shirts and will demonstrate their knowledge of contemporary printmaking, offering a thought-provoking perspective on the innovative art industry.

On Friday evening, the renovated storefront returns with a location on 87 Castle Street.  The Architecture Society and other student volunteers have worked hard to make a space that showcases students’ work.  Any and all forms of inspiration will hang in this gallery – even class work and independent study projects. During the exhibit, onlookers will have the opportunity to bid in a Silent Art Auction, taking home original artwork.  Meanwhile, a DJ, student performers, a jazz ensemble and poetry readings will contribute to the live entertainment. 

On Saturday, April 28, the workshops commence with a student sign-up for tutorials in studio art, dance, architecture, music and fashion design.  Students from each department will lead the workshops alongside a professor.  Audrey Yifei Li ’15 and Associate Professor of Art Nick Ruth will present an exciting new project to campus; they will pioneer a group-painting project that will become a large mural to be installed on the side of Coxe Hall. 

Karah Charette ’14 and Professor of Dance Donna Davenport are scheduled to exhibit their graceful movement during their “Funky Strides” workshop held in front of Scandling Campus Center. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to join, where they will learn the process of creating dance and choreography – and see it in action. 

Elva Ye ‘13 and Associate Professor of Art Nick Ruth will spark competition in their proposed challenge of building skyscrapers with recycled cardboard boxes, glue, tape and scissors – which will be displayed in front of Scandling Campus Center.  Kevin Bates ’12 and Guitar Instructor Greg Wachala will improvise music, fusing together jazz and poetry in their workshop, “Off O’ The Dome.”  Imani Schectman ’12 and Namboowa Bariika offer a chance to experiment in fashion, designing with raw materials.

Later in the afternoon, follow the music to Bristol Lawn, where at 3:30 p.m., students can expect to catch live music from folk, acoustic, and indie artists such as The Sparrows, Time Travels and Battle Ave. Nate Ginnetty ’12 and Kingsley Adarkwah ’13 will also perform, producing acoustic, hip-hop, and instrumental sounds.

The weekend will conclude with an Alice and Wonderland Tea Party at the Sunken Gardens at the Houghton House complex.  Come sit in the grass alongside the Mad Hatter, eat four types of pastries and watch dancers perform. Inette Heredia ‘12 will share her independent study work at the Fashion Show, where she is one of many students who will premiere their clothing lines. 

“The Wonderland Tea Party is meant to be a celebration for artists to see dance, do some crafts, play croquet, and be in a zany environment created by the art student body,” says Arts Collective member Lucia Berliner ’12, who is enthusiastic about Bloomfest 2012. “I’m really excited about all the people that have been involved. It’s important to maintain an art community presence on campus-there are a lot of really talented people here.”

If you want to find yourself amidst the festivities of Bloomfest, make sure to sign up for the workshops on the event’s website:  It’s never too late to discover a new talent, so come catch spring fever at Bloomfest!

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