By Rafael Velasquez |Staff Writer|
The Arts and Music Festival attracted hundreds of guests of all groups, ages and careers on May 13 on campus, stretching from the art building to the Lower Commons.
The art fair had a plentiful collection of ceramics, photography, chalk, dots, sketches and paintings which further appealed guests through the displayers’ unique art and styles.
“The Arts and Music Festival continues to provide an excellent venue for local artists, the campus, and the surrounding community. It is always a pleasure to see so many people sharing their common creative interests in one place,” said Art Department assistant professor Andrew Oakes.
The outdoor event kicked off an experience for both art displayers and true enthusiasts from across all art forms.
“This is my third year here and each year it gets better, the Inland Empire/San Bernardino has a lot to offer,” said Redlands East Valley high school teacher, Duan Kellum.
“We are our own entity and not just the outskirts of LA,” continued Kellum.
“As a resident of the IE and an alumni of CSUSB, I am extremely happy and proud that this has become an annual event,” added Kellum.
The environment behind the festival was accessible and welcoming to every student and artist as they exchanged their artwork.
“It was such a great experience interacting with different artists. Seeing the diversity in art and passions behind was eye-opening,” said student Kristyn Robles.
The students’ experiences were even more fluid as they were also able to purchase the artwork and other souvenirs that came with the artwork package.
“I find the event very nice and I love the ability to buy art from local artists,” said student Anthony Del Valle.
I see it as a benefit to the campus and the community, I look forward to it every year,” continued Del Valle.
Much of the artwork from the RAFFMA (Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art) was also displayed at the fair.
Kids’ arts and crafts were also displayed as part of the RAFFMA, which gave children an opportunity to learn hands on about professional art.
The music festival had a fluorescent combination of local bands and campus Latin jazz and salsa bands.
SMSU Program Board hosted the fourth annual Best of the Bands competition for the local bands that performed at the festival.
Guests had the opportunity to vote for the best band based on their performance which winners received a grand prize and recognition.
“Nice community oriented event, it gets our community and students hanging out together on campus,” said attendee Edgar Astorga.
The photography displays were the most intriguing artworks to students as they had the opportunity to perceive art more realistically.
Rangel Velez Zarate’s work showed an exclusive collection of photography from individual photo-shoots to landscaping portraits.
“Very talented people are always here and it’s cool to see all the different types of work they have,” said Zarate.
“This is my first year to display my work…it’s really different having your stuff on social media versus making a connection with people,” continued Zarate.
This festival shined its lights in every way from simple chalk art to mural paintings and charcoal art.
Future art and music festivals will continue to reveal and appeal to large crowds into their artistic scope.