Review: Festival showcases art, music

By Joshua Cantú


   The fourth annual Arts and Music Festival held Thursday, Oct. 24, at Marian Hall Ballroom. showcased talent the University of the Incarnate Word has to offer.

The festival, which was among various pre-homecoming events, featured vibrant paintings and poetic photographs, to emotionally charged dances, to beautifully done henna.

The atmosphere of the exhibition was quaint at the beginning of the night, but picked up in pace well after 6. A dance performed by UIW student Lauren Adams was definitely a gem as it was performed at the beginning of the event. The moves were very poetic and it showed how human emotions can go beyond the spoken and written word. The following dance that came right after was a belly dance. It showed off how culturally diverse our campus is. The performance began with technical difficulties, but after that was resolved, it was like a cultural explosion, and it left the crowd in frenzy.

In terms of the paintings displayed at the festival, the artistry presented by UIW student Cassidy Fritts was very eye-catching and quite transcendent.

“The colors that were used in the collection of paintings were very vibrant, and that’s what drew me in,” said freshman Valerie Bustamante.

One of Fritts’ paintings featured a figure with multicolored hair flowing up into the air. The eyes done in the painting seemed deranged, and it gave the painting an emotional depth. In all its subjectivity, it seemed to be a reflection of the perils that life can bring when one is a college student, the transitory phase of life from teen to adult.

The setting of the Art and Music Festival was very fitting in that the concentration of the event was well-planned-out. All of the exhibitions were set in Marian Hall and in The Circle.

“Walking around with three stages was very nice because there was something always going on,” said sophomore Bianca Ybarra. Students kept flowing from the art exhibit to the musical performances to the booths outside.

Apart from the fine arts presented at the festival, a collection of baskets made by Honors Program Director Jean Loden was refreshing to see since functional arts are also essential to everyone’s being.

Another great aspect of the festival was that there were breaks between performances. People were able to explore what the other three locations had to offer. The portion of the event that took place at The Circle had an artist doing henna on students. Henna is a dye used to make beautiful temporary body art. The paste is derivative of the plant with the same name; it darkens with time, only to fade with time. The practice of henna is centuries old, usually among women who are about to marry. Usually henna is thought to only be popular in India, but it’s been in use all across the Mediterranean, and the regions that encompass the Middle East.

“The henna booth was promoted well, and it was very lively,” said freshman Gaby Galindo. “It was a great activity to do.”

As the event came to a close, the lanterns that were placed from the Circle to Marian Hall lighted the way to the Arts and Music Festival. It was a great way to end a culturally enriching event and to kick off the rest of the homecoming festivities.


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