WALLA WALLA, Wash.— blue moon, Whitman’s student-run literary arts magazine, will host its second “BIG ART” show on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. in Verve Coffee and Art House, corner of Spokane and Alder. The event will feature live readings and live music, and art from last year’s blue moon will be on display and available for purchase. 

 The event is meant to celebrate art in the Whitman community while generating excitement for the 2007-2008 blue moon, said editor-in-chief Kate Rosenberg ’08. “’BIG ART’ will showcase artists featured in the 2007 blue moon – writers, poets, visual artists – in a beautiful gallery atmosphere. We want to extend the blue moon into the Walla Walla community by hosting this evening of art, poetry and music.”

 blue moon is entirely staffed and run by Whitman students. The magazine, which is published in the late spring, features the visual art, poetry, and prose of members of the Whitman community, including students, faculty and alumni. Last year the magazine received recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for its content and design. This year’s staff aims to achieve as much, if not more, national recognition for the magazine and its contributors.

 “Our primary goal every year is to produce a flawless, beautiful, publication,” said Rosenberg. This year the staff plans to generate interest on campus with “Install Me,” an installation and performance art show, which will “take over” the Whitman campus in late January, she said.

 Through “BIG ART,” “Install Me,” and the publication of the magazine itself, the blue moon staff plans to showcase the creativity of the Whitman community and celebrate its artistic achievements. “blue moon is the physical embodiment of some of the most compelling creative work done in the Whitman community,” said Rosenberg. “This creativity and artistic energy represent what we are thinking and feeling in a way that can be overlooked upon first glance at the college. It is this artistic spirit that goes beyond what’s in the view book, in the course catalogue, or even walking around campus. It compels us all to take a second look – at everything.”

--by Marcy Manken ‘10

For more information: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156
Email: parishlj@whitman.edu