Teen Arts Festival and Student Art Exhibit
may 15, 2018
The Union County Board of Freeholders sponsors the Teen Arts Festival 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 in all grade levels are welcome to present their artwork, writing and musical numbers or monologues to Mrs.Otero, Mrs. Rotolo and Mr. Love for approval. Pieces may also be chosen from the classes and there are in-house try-outs for instrumental, vocal, dance and drama entries. Prior to the March Festival, written selections are submitted to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the organizers of the Festival. The 2-D and 3-D artwork is displayed at Union County Community College in Cranford and the performances take place at the festival.
Students attend the event where their work is critiqued by professionals in the Arts. The scores send students to the next level of the competition including the State Festival, and the County and State Touring Exhibitions. Performances by selected winners take place at the Teen Arts Showcase at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.
Mother Seton students have always been very successful in this competition in all artistic areas. Their creativity and dedication have received many accolades.
This year, three pieces by MSR students will spend 10 months 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, titled On The West Coast.
The final stage of competition is the NJ State Teen Arts Festival at Ocean County College. In May, Melany Lutz and Francesca Mescall’s visual art pieces as well as Gianna Lepanto, Meghan Root, Christine Carvajal and Meghan Cunningham’s literary works were chosen to represent Mother Seton and Union County at the state-wide event.
To continue the spring Arts fling at Mother Seton Regional, the Opening Reception for the Annual Student Art Exhibit was held on Tuesday, May 15. The show featured over 300 pieces from Mrs.Otero’s art electives and cycle classes and selections from Teen Arts which were on display for two weeks in the Gym Lobby.
The reception included Mrs. Carolyn DeMaio’s Family and Consumer Science students who modeled the skirts they made and Mr. Love’s students who filled the school with the sound of their music. Taylor Eccles sang “In My Dreams” from Anastasia, Rachelle 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 concluded with original poems read by the following 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.”
The halls were alive with artwork and performances. Parents and the public were in attendance and refreshments were served as everyone soaked up the artistic talent of MSR students.