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Art in Unusual Places event showcases student talent, work

Photo by Rachel Feinstein

The Paly Visual & Performing Arts program organized their annual Art in Unusual Places event, a week-long exhibit that ran from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21 where students displayed their work in various locations around school.

Throughout the week, art students showcased their drawings, paintings, collages and sculptures in unpredictable places around campus to bring more appreciation to the artistic talent at Paly.

As part of her AP Art project, senior artist Tara He painted multiple graffitistyle exhibits inspired by Paly’s administration, many of which are still scattered around campus.

“I feel like art is under-recognized at Paly, so Art in Unusual Places really incorporates it into the Paly community,” He said.

As a member of the Paly band, junior Sean He said although their performance in the library was decided on a whim, he found the overall experience to be interesting.

“We got the notice the day before,” Sean said. “We played Green and White, All Right Now and Evil Ways because (they are school classics).”

Sean said while the performance included old music that the band previously practiced, the performance itself was a nice change of scenery.

“I thought it was an interesting way to make music because libraries are usually seen as places where it’s quiet.”

Senior Meya Gao, who displayed her art at the Wednesday AP art exhibit on the quad, said Art in Unusual Places is special because of how it unites the Paly art community.

“Everyone has their own work that brings out a really personal, authentic voice,” Gao said.

Tara said she encourages students interested in art to participate in Art in Unusual Places in future years.

“(Art in Unusual Places) is something that anybody can do,” Tara said. “Mr. Ferrera, who manages the event, is really open to anything.”

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