The Spectator, the school’s art and literary magazine, held its first art show from November 20 to December 4, featuring 10 pieces ranging from woodworking to photography to paintings in commemoration of the publication’s 110th anniversary.
Located in the upper gallery, the show featured a wooden “Elder Chair” by James McCarey ’18; a watercolor painting of a pensive person called “The Blues” by Emily Brower ’18; Molly Carney ’18’s acrylic painting of a beach at sunset, named “Cannon Beach”; Bri Forman ’18’s acrylic painting of a person in a red shirt hiking through an icy landscape, called “Exploration”; and an ink image of “Chairs at French Café” by Katherine Whitaker ’19. The show also included Jossy Wang ’18’s photo of the night sky, called “Northern Lights”; a photo by Simru Sonmez-Erbil ’20 called “Blue’s Power 70” of a record and a guitar; and a wooden “Pine Cone Lamp” by Danny Noenickx ’18. Two unnamed paintings done in marker also appeared in the show that will publish in the magazine’s next issue.
Emily said she liked seeing the artwork of so many different artists.
“The Spectator art show was a wonderful way for artists in our community to get more attention,” she said. “And it was great to be able to see pieces from The Spectator consolidated in a physical space.”
Molly Carney ’18 said she liked viewing artwork in three dimensions, when she had only seen most of it in the school magazine.
“It was neat to encounter previously featured artwork in person—it really brought those pieces to life,” she said. “The Spectator does a great job showcasing the artistic talent of our student body, and I thought the art show was a wonderful reflection of the hard work invested by the artists and the members of the magazine.”
Editors-in-Chief (EICs) Angela Liu and Caroline Donnelly Moran said they thought of the idea to organize the show in the summer when they were brainstorming ways to promote the magazine and honor its anniversary.
To collect pieces, Angela and Caroline contacted artists who had submitted work to previous issues of the magazine—which prints three times per year—and reached out to other artists who hadn’t.
“I knew of many artists that wouldn’t usually submit to The Spectator but had amazing art, so it was my goal to encourage a larger part of the school community to submit their art,” Angela said.
The Spectator recently received gold medalist designation from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the EICs saw the show as a way to congratulate the staff for their hard work through the year, Angela said.
She added, “I hope that the viewers developed a greater appreciation for art and The Spectator. Hopefully, the gallery encourages other artists to submit their work and to be interested in having their artwork displayed for the BB&N community.”