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Literature, fine arts center stage at annual festival

By Ana Gallegos

The annual Literary & Fine Arts Festival will celebrate the art, theater, music and writing of Eastfield and bring a collection of professionals to campus.
Events, sponsored by the Arts & Communications Division, include musical performances, a poetry slam, art shows, dramatic readings and guest speakers during the week of April 20.
“It’s a way to celebrate and showcase the literary fine arts,” Associate Dean said Judith Dumont said.
“By hosting events that are centered in literature and the world of art, we are able to not only expose students to a broader culture on terms of worldview,” she said. “But also, it’s a way for us to promote what we’re doing so that we can grow our own programs.”
The week starts April 20 with a kickoff ceremony, including the unveiling of the student literary magazine “The Alternative,” an artist discussion and a dramatic reading.
Other sessions throughout the week will feature Nobel-nominated poet Frederick Turner, an award-winning photographer and storm chaser, choral and dance recitals, and additional artist talks.
The highlight is Thursday’s Arts in Action featuring Jazz Under the Stars along with demonstrations by Eastfield students in dance, theater, drawing, set design and other arts.
This event will also launch The Arts Collective, a umbrella for Eastfield’s visual and performing arts, and raise money for a news arts and literature scholarship.
The H Gallery will be open during Thursday night for the show “Let’s Just Say What We Mean,” ceramic sculptures and drawings created by artists Linda Lopez and Mathew McConnell. The couple will attend and speak with guests.
The Literary & Fine Arts Festival is a great way to appreciate the creativity and imagination that goes into creating art, said Melinda Imthurn, director of vocal studies.
“You know it’s hard for students to find time, just like its hard for us to find time to present or to host,” she said. “But I hope that the students take the time, because that’s one of the big pluses of being in college. You get access to all of this stuff for free.”
Literary & Fine Arts Festival Events
Monday, April 20
→ Kickoff Ceremony and Alternative literary magazine release
9:05 a.m. in G-101
→ Artists Tom Orr and Frances Bagley
11:15 a.m. in G-101
→ Student Stage Readings
12:30 p.m. in G-101
Tuesday, April 21
→ Apocalypse: An Epic of the Future with Dr. Frederick Turner
9:30 a.m. in G-101
→ Faculty Readings
11:00 a.m. in G-101
→ Photographer/storm chaser Mike Mezeul II
12:30 p.m. in G-101
→ Poetry Slam
5:35 p.m. in G-101
Wednesday, April 22
→ Student, Staff and Faculty Readings
9:05 a.m. in G-101
→ League for Innovation Student Literary Competition Awards
10:10 a.m. in G-101
→ SoFresh Student Juried Art Exhibition Reception
11:15 a.m. in Gallery 219, F-219
→ Vocal Recital
12:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall
→ Dance Preview
1:30 p.m. in the Lower Courtyard
→ Unplugged: Guitar Concert
7:05 p.m. in F-117
Thursday, April 23
→ International Tea Time
11 a.m. in G-101
→ Artists Linda Lopez and Mathew McConnell
1:00 p.m. in G-101
→ The Arts Collective Arts in Action featuring Jazz Under the Stars
5 p.m. in the Lower Courtyard
Friday, April 24
→ Josh Rose Comics
10:10 a.m. in G-101

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