On Friday, October 20, Olivet students hosted the first Art Night of the year in Common Grounds coffee shop. This free event offered students a chance to relax on a Friday evening; it included coffee, art, crossword puzzles, and great live music.
Five acts performed including: Jack and The Boiz, Redhead in The Desert, Micah Rodriguez, Justin Kennedy, and Susan Morrill.
The purpose of the event was to bring students together and show their talents to the school and other students.
“I am looking forward to hearing the musicians and hearing the new acts that are performing for the first time. I am always excited to hear about new artists and what they do and why they do it. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, it has good music, and it’s typically a good atmosphere,” Elijah Svoboda, primary organizer, said.
Art Night is “a place where people can come and show the talents that God has given them. It’s a way to have fun and live a little. I am looking forward to playing the guitar and singing. I usually lead worship, and I feel like this is an opportunity for me to play different types of music in a different setting,” participant Micah Rodriquez said.
Justin Kennedy, who also performed at Art Night, played guitar and sang in the second act. “I am looking forward to hearing some new talent and being able to meet new people who are interested in the same things I am interested in. I enjoy open mics, and I like performing music.”
Susan Morrill, an Olivet graduate, heard about the event through Svoboda, who messaged her asking if she would like to play at Art Night. Morrill noted that she had “never done anything like that before,” but decided to perform.
“It was my first time performing in front of an audience. To help calm my nerves, I decided to tell some dad jokes. It was a great night,” Morrill said.
Morrill also shared a poem, “Maverick,” from one of her friends, Tsakani Chambo.
“We met when I lived South Africa for 15 months. She is an incredible woman and a gifted writer. I am honored to have been able to perform one of her pieces.” You can find ‘Maverick’ and other musings online at mirrorsmusings.wordpress.com and on Instagram @mirrorsmusings.
Art Night is a monthly event, and if you have any questions about the art show or are interested in performing at the next Art Night, you can contact the primary organizer, Elijah Svoboda, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover Photo by: Morgan Byers