April 13, 2022 — The arts were on display at NMH with a weekend of events celebrating student work in the visual and performing arts.
On Friday, the opening reception for the 2022 Student Art Exhibit was held in The Gallery at the Rhodes Arts Center. Illustrations, paintings, photography, sculpture, digital art, and multimedia work by students in the NMH Visual Arts Program will be on display through Commencement on May 22.
Eliot Vaughey ’22, who has two paintings in the show, said “the magnitude of opportunities available in the visual arts department” was one of the reasons she chose to attend NMH, and she is grateful for the art faculty who have guided and supported her growth as an artist.
“Even if I don’t have a class with a certain art teacher, they talk to me about art or compliment me on my pieces,” she said. “They want me to thrive.”
The Gallery is open from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 12 to 5 pm on Sunday. (Visitors must be fully vaccinated and have a negative antigen test before coming to campus.)
Also on Friday, NMH’s 2022 Arts Gala, held in Alumni Hall, celebrated students in art classes or involved in arts-related cocurricular activities.
Several faculty members created the event more than 20 years ago “to celebrate the artistic lives of our students,” said Gretel Schatz, dance program director and chair of the Performing Arts Department. “There are no speeches, no artist prizes, just a celebration of all students who are involved in the arts at NMH.”
Students and faculty donned creative outfits in keeping with the gala’s theme,“The Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, and Wind.” There was a photo booth and dancing, and NMH Dining Services provided refreshments and colorful decorations.
On Sunday, the NMH Performing Arts Department presented the annual Senior Honors Recital in Raymond Concert Hall in the Rhodes Arts Center, featuring soprano Irena Tutunari, baritone Michael Liu, and mezzo-soprano and singer-songwriter Julia Rubright.
“The recital was stunning,” said Sheila Heffernon, director of NMH Choral and Vocal Programs.
The three honored students have taken private-music lessons at NMH throughout their time at the school and have sung in almost every recital since ninth grade, she noted. They are all members of the Honors Chamber Choir program and have been selected to be part of the Western District Music Festivals.