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Art Walk 2024: Skills on Site

For two lunch periods, art of all forms was on display for Cavaliers to experience
Gaby Blanco
Sophomore Leandra Ayala volunteered to practice her newfound passion of drawing and create a masterpiece next to her friends.

Following the recent revival of Art Walk last year, Catharsis again hosted the visual art exhibition, meant to allow student artists to compose a piece in real time with a student audience. On Jan. 25 during both lunches, Cavaliers were exposed to a showcase of student artists who created pieces with their respective mediums in the courtyard.

Utilizing contrasting materials like pastels and colored pencils gave depth to the sketches exhibited during Art Walk. (Gaby Blanco)

“It was cool to see what people comment while passing by. I heard a lot of compliments but I also heard some critique from fellow artists. For example, a few complimented my under-painting techniques and some artists helped me figure out my shadows. I really liked having people watch my process, because it made art more accessible to people, and I think we need to be consuming more art,” senior Moon Anderson said.

Cavaliers of all grades and academies were able to participate, so long as they had signed up via Catharsis’ Instagram.  A few minutes before first lunch began, artists made their way to the Catharsis class, where helpers and participants met and discussed any final necessities. Students participating were suggested to bring their pieces half-way done, as the goal of the Art Walk was to be able to exhibit finished creations by the end of the event.

As scrapbooking and photo collages have recently gained traction thanks to their recognition across social media, students revealed their talents in the same category. (Gaby Blanco)

As first lunch commenced, students poured in to watch their fellow Cavaliers create compositions, each harboring a talent unique to them. Staff and volunteers checked up on the artists periodically to ensure equipment was stocked up and provide help if any was needed.

“As [the] main organizer, I was in charge of making sure that my volunteers reached out to their artists as well as in charge of directing the event itself, organizing the setup and keeping track of artists’ needs. The volunteers were responsible for making flyers, advertising the event, recruiting artists and making sure the event was running smoothly throughout, ” senior Daphne Renoux said.

Throughout the intermission between both lunches, artists were given the time to continue adding to their pieces. During this period, pizza was provided for all students on deck, as an hour of mingling and working took place.

The following lunch featured the same artists, as they put the final touches on their pieces while explaining their craft to curious classmates. The foot traffic in the courtyard changed at regular intervals, as students visited alongside their friends or went to eat lunch.

Among others, sophomore Alyssa DoPico brought her own supplies, using items known to her to create another original piece. (Gaby Blanco)

“[Being watched] wasn’t stressful, but people were looking at you doing something that you’re passionate about, and I was a little shy talking about it, but people were really interested. After a while, I kind of got into the groove of things and was able to talk to people about it more comfortably, but people coming up to me and asking about it was really exciting for me, because I love crocheting,” junior Michelle Hernandez said.

The exhibition strove to highlight a diverse array of artistic styles, with each medium offering its own distinctive expression. Cavaliers created nail art with texture and sculpting techniques, painted with watercolors, crocheted clothes and showed off shading and layering techniques on various canvases.  

Art Walk 2024 served as a testament to the art community within Gables, bringing together students who presented their passion and those who explored their abilities. Encouraging Cavaliers to express themselves through art, the exhibition allowed students to display their talents, enjoy art made by others and inspire them to create their own.

Pieces Cavaliers Shared During Art Walk
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Elijah Cima
Elijah Cima, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Elijah Cima is a senior in the Business Management and Information Technology academy coming in to his first (and only) year as a Staff Writer for CavsConnect. He joined CavsConnect hoping to improve his writing skills and get to know what writing in collaboration with an editor is like. He is a music nerd whose sense of fashion is wearing band shirts with baggy pants and loves listening to new music (mostly heavy metal sub genres). His favorite artists range from David Bowie to Opeth, Elliott Smith to Chief Keef and Ween to Playboi Carti. Elijah also enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, video games, playing piano, learning obscure trivia and creative writing. He hopes that his experience with CavsConnect will lead him to grow not only as a writer but as a person and lead him closer to his goal of becoming a published fiction author.
Marina Astorga
Marina Astorga, CavsConnect News Editor
As a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program, Marina Astorga is excited to come back to CavsConnect for her second year in the publication. This year, she will return as News Editor and hopes to grow both as a person and a student. Marina has a special interest in journalism, chemistry and reading. She makes it a point to be involved in Gables, holding board positions on the International Baccalaureate Honor Society and Key Club. Outside, she can be found playing volleyball, skateboarding or riding her bike. During her free time, she enjoys rating new restaurants, reading murder mystery books and coming up with her own recipes. She is known to make dumb jokes and act as her friend's personal esthetician. When summertime finally comes, she goes back to Spain to visit her family and friends.
Gaby Blanco
Gaby Blanco, CavsTV Photography Editor
Gaby Blanco is a senior in the DEH academy at Gables. Being Gaby’s third year as the photography editor of CavsTV, she hopes to round off her year by winning awards for her work at FSPA and spreading her love for the hobby. Besides school, she enjoys playing and watching everything horror and going out with her friends as much as possible. Coming as a surprise to many people, Gaby actually wants to study Architecture in the future and not journalism! She has been studying architecture for the past 4 years, is certified, and hopes to pursue an education studying abroad after she graduates.
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