Art students from around Mercer County gathered on Friday, May 12, 2023, at the annual Mercer County Teen Arts Festival hosted by Mercer County Community College.
“The Teen Arts Festival focuses on celebrating and acknowledging our gifted teen artists in performance seminars, critiquing sessions, master classes and workshops in media and visual art, dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, film and creative writing.
The Festival is open to Mercer County, New Jersey, students aged 13 - 19. Most take part along with their middle school or high school; however, homeschooled students and individual students whose schools are not participating may also attend. In addition to registering for insightful critique sessions with arts professionals, students also have access to focused workshops in media, performance, visual, literary and musical arts - as well as artmaking and performance opportunities throughout the day. They are also invited to explore artwork by fellow Mercer County teenagers in the Teen Arts Gallery, as well as watch performances by students from other schools.”
Ewing High School Art teacher, Sam DeCavalcante, proudly shared with the GoodNews staff, that Ewing High School showcased 18 students in 2D Visual Arts, seven students in 3D Visual Arts and five students in the Performing Arts at the festival.
The day was filled with critiques, Performing Art and Visual Art workshops, kiosks that hosted juggling and circus activities to comic book creations, zombie makeup and henna designs, and photography booths.
Ewing High School students belted out some songs on the open mic and experimented with art creations.
Ewing High School delivered some spectacular performances and strong visual art pieces at the event. The judges thought the same, advancing two 3D works, five 2D works and two musical theatre soloists to compete at the State Level Competition on Wednesday, May 31st, at Middlesex College.
The following drama students are advancing to States with their musical theatre solos:
Emilia Carbajal, Musical Theatre Solo for “Flowers” from Hadestown
Maddie Marsola, Musical Theatre Solo for “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl
The following art students will be advancing to states with their visual art works:
Hiroko Bullock and Jose Mejia-Ordonez
Emilia Carbajal, Lesly Gomez Castro, Nnenna Nnebe, Lily Bush and Isabelle Hanlin
Ewing High School stand-out artist and senior, Emilia Carbajal’s, 2D Acrylic Self-Portrait was selected to be part of the Traveling Exhibition which will be on tour throughout the State of New Jersey and displayed at various Municipal Buildings for one year.
Congratulations to all our young artists and we wish you the best of luck at the State Competition on May 31st!