Teen Arts Festival
may 15, 2018
The Union County Board of Freeholders sponsors an annual Festival of the Arts open to middle and high school students throughout the county. Mother Seton is represented by girls involved in the Visual and Performing Arts and Creative Writing. Students share their talent with their peers as they enhance their experience with hands-on workshops and discussions.
Students in all grade levels are welcome to present their pieces to the head of various departments for approval. There are also in-house try-outs for instrumental, vocal, dance and drama entries. Prior to the March Festival, writing selections are submitted to the Cultural and Heritage Commission, the organizers of the Festival. The artwork is displayed at Union County Community College in Cranford, New Jersey, and the performances take place at the festival.
Student artists attend the event where their work is critiqued by professional artists and performers. These scores send students on to the next level of the competition including the State Festival, and the County and State Touring Exhibitions. Performances by the winners take place at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey.
Mother Seton students have always been very successful in this competition obtaining selections in all artistic areas. Their talents and dedications have received accolades.
This year, three art works by MSR students will spend the year traveling with the Union County Touring Exhibition. These include sophomore, Melany Lutz’s sculpture, Feeling Blue, sophomore, Julia Moreira’s digital photograph, Sunny with a Chance of Rain, and senior, Francesca Mescall’s watercolor, On The West Coast.
To continue the spring art fling, Mother Seton Regional held its own festival on Tuesday, May 15. The halls were alive with student art work and performances. Mrs. Carolyn DeMaio’s Family and Consumer Science students modeled the skirts they made. Mr. Love’s students filled the school with the sound of their music. Taylor Eccles sang “In My Dreams” from Anastasia, Rachel Montilus sang, “I’d Give My Life For You” from Miss Saigon and also performed at UCPAC for the next round of the teen arts festival, Emily Lescano sang “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from Evita and Christine Mauhay performed “Would You Be So Kind” by Dodie Clark.
The evening continued with original poems read by the poets: Danielle Bongiovanni’s, “I am Made of Words,” Anna Holland’s, “Poetry from the Apocalypse,” and Christine Carvajal’s, “Tracing the Path of a Relationship.” Parents and the public were in attendance and refreshments were served as everyone soaked up the artistic talents of these MSR girls.