Arts Fest 2017 Opens New Bailey Center for the Arts

May 4, 2017

Khalea Armstrong says, Im so happy that I was able to perform on the new stage before I graduate. Credit: Audrey Diaz/Achona Online

Khalea Armstrong says, “I’m so happy that I was able to perform on the new stage before I graduate.” Credit: Audrey Diaz/Achona Online

On Thursday, April 27, Academy of the Holy Names hosted its annual Arts Fest, which is an exhibition of the work of both Academy’s visual and performing artists.

Not only was this year’s Arts Fest made unique by the showcase of talent by students from from multiple art courses and grades, but also by the official opening of the well-anticipated Bailey Family Center for the Arts



The event began with a dedication ceremony by Academy President Mr. Art Raimo, including performances by the Quarter Notes and dancers Sarah Ercia, Grace Wipfli, and Alison Whele.


Construction for the Bailey Center for the Arts began February 2016. Credit: Audrey Diaz/Achona Online


Upon the opening of the center, guests were met with the the art pieces of students from Art 2D, Drawing, Portfolio, Ceramics, and Studio Art displayed throughout the building.


Senior Sarah Ercia says, “Arts fest was a rewarding and humbling experience. It was awesome to see so many people coming to support the arts. Plus, having worked so hard all year, seeing my work hung up together was rewarding.” Credit: Audrey Diaz/Achona Online


“It was so cool to see people admire and comment on something that you actually made. It suddenly makes the stress and hard work that goes into your art 100 percent worth it,” says junior McKenna Weathers.


Regarding the inspiration for her artwork, senior Maria Cacciatore says, “I have a notebook that I keep in order to save materials, fabric swatches, or clippings from magazines for future inspiration. As time passes my collection of items grow. I take what I like without having a specific intention of what to design. I know that one day pieces will fall together. Once I want to start working on another collection, I review all of my pieces and try to form a cohesive mood. With this one in particular, I found that I was beginning to form what seemed to have a common theme of 1900’s Edwardian Era and the 1950’s. After creating a mood board the designing comes easily. Pulling out elements and paying attention to schemes allows me to form original designs but making them look as a collection.” Credit: Audrey Diaz/Achona Online


As visual arts students chatted with admirers of their work,  Theatre Director Vivian Kimbler hosted the inaugural Arts Fest showcase on the Lynch Family Stage, with varying performances from the Quarter Notes, Dance Appreciation students, members of Academy’s Troupe 0624, and the cast of Footloose.

Quarter note and junior Cristina Suarez-Solar says, “I really love the new stage and everything incorporated! I love the amount of room that we have to move and the new sound and lighting system! We are now able to perform on a stage that is very similar to those at the big university and I’m excited that I get to spend one more year performing there.”


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