The Noel Fine Arts Center filled with glitz, glamour, fashion, food, and art can only mean one thing: it’s Arts Bash. The NFAC has been hosting Arts Bash as a fundraiser event for nine years in order to raise money for the Arts Bash Scholarship Endowment Fund. The event on Feb. 4 will feature student dance and theatre performances, a wearable sculpture fashion show, arts sale with pieces donated by community artists and student artists, and food and drinks from 21 different restaurants.
“It’s a little bit of everything: dance, theatre, culinary arts, wearable art,” said Bobbie Erwin, the marketing specialist for the College of Fine Arts & Communication and main organizer of the event. “Everything’s arts all in one night.”
Junior Arts major Kaleena Hastings will be showcasing her art for the first time at this year’s Arts Bash. Hastings was inspired last year when she was a model in the wearable art fashion show.
“I felt like I should start putting my art out there so people notice it,” Hastings said. Hastings has spent the last two months working on a photo for the event as well as a dress made entirely out of paper.
The wearable art show this year is unique from what it’s been in years past. Instead of just having it open to art and design students, theatre and dance students are also participating in the show.
“The juxtaposition of the two is going to be really interesting,” Erwin said. “It’s going to be like project runway gone wild.”
Sarah Mark, a freshman Art major, is also participating in Arts Bash for the first time. The piece that Mark is presenting is entitled "Starry Nights". It is composed of 3 woods cubes that are stacked in different orders so show three of Vincent Van Gogh's pieces.
“Van Gogh has captured my imagination ever since I was little, so to have the opportunity to experiment with his work was very exciting,” Mark said.
Arts Bash gives students the opportunity to present their art to the public in a formal setting and allows them to gather a public opinion on their pieces.
“I’m excited to see the reaction from the people and how they take my art…I hope they like it,” Hastings said.
Last year, Arts Bash raised $30,000 for the endowment and scholarship fund with more than 700 attendees.
“At the end of the day it’s going to be excellent to have scholarships to give to students. It makes it all worth it,” Erwin said. “We’re making a difference in student’s lives.”
Arts Bash 2012 will be held at the Noel Fine Arts Center from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.artsbash.com in advance or be purchased at the door. Student and faculty tickets are $20 in advance. General public tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.