Reflections on North Park's Art Extravaganza
This piece was written by Haley Hack.
The annual Art Extravaganza held on Thursday night, November 9th at Wilson Hall, comprised of a diverse range of art and talent, composed by North Park artists. Various mediums such as live singing, multiple instruments played, photography (darkroom and digital), paintings, sculptures, drawings and so on. There was some remarkable flair running through the halls, staircases, and rooms throughout Wilson Hall that evening.
There were so many wonderful visual art pieces exhibited. One notable piece at the show, was Untitled, by Linnea Love. This work captured a map of Rapid Transit Lines in Chicago. Created with watercolor and pen on paper. Such a comprehensive and beautiful map with a hint of Chicago’s skyline and a very detailed train cart.
I enjoyed how the show offered attention-grabbing ways to include the viewers to help make them a part of the awesome event! There was one wall with blank sheets of paper, captioned “Draw A Memory”, where anyone could participate in illustrating their own recollection. In one of the classrooms was a wall covered with small, rectangle sheets of colored construction paper, taped to the wall for the audience to get a quick five-minute portrait drawn of themselves by the talented Samantha Rausch. I partook in this event and was so impressed. She did an amazing job. I was awestruck by how quickly she drew my face with just a paper and pen. It was outstanding!
The musicians did a brilliant job. Musical performances were done solo or in a group act, displaying acoustic sets of original music. I loved hearing delightful tunes carrying through the halls, it was so pleasing to hear while walking through and admiring all the art throughout the event.
Some of the most stunning work at the show were the visual art forms. There was a wonderful elegance, poetry and feeling for passion in the works displayed.
All in all, the various art arrangements at the extravaganza were elegant, enriching, unique, uplifting, and most importantly, a pleasant departure from our stressful college-student life. A way to focus on gorgeous creations from our peers and appreciate them.