The smell of sweet, homemade vanilla heart-shaped waffles filled the air Feb. 11. as guests entered the serene garden outside of the Pomona College Museum of Art in celebration of its third annual GALentine’s Day event, as a part of the museum’s Art After Hours series.
Galentine’s Day was derived from comedy television show Parks and Recreation, where women get together to celebrate female friendships a day before Valentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day has been associated with brunch, homemade presents and crafts.
Guests were greeted by a shining bright light to pose in front of if they wanted to take an instant photograph with an Instax Mini 8, a variety of Valentine’s Day-themed candy and a crafts table filled with art supplies to decorate cards.
“The range of crafts has impressed me but also talking to people here has been fun because we’re all doing the same thing, making our own valentine’s card and we’re just having fun conversations,” Lushia Anson, Pomona College undeclared freshman said.
The crafts included rhinestones of every color, Valentine’s Day cards, stamps and stickers for an ultimate creative experience.
“I really like all the materials available to us,” said Emilia Hagen, Scripps College sophomore neuroscience major.
“It’s also kind of cool to watch other people work while making their own thing and seeing the creativity that others have and the support of people saying something like, ‘that’s cute.’” “I’m a sucker for puns at the end of the day so I really like the puns on these Valentine’s Day cards,” Emma Snyder, Scripps College sophomore biology major, said.
The event was free and open to the public with local students from Pomona College, students from Scripps College and nearby residents taking advantage and attending the event.
“There’s a component of community on campus for anybody who is interested in coming and checking out the exhibition, and also just gathering and doing something fun in the evening,” museum coordinator Justine Bae said.
Although GALentine’s Day was advertised on Pomona College Museum of Art’s website, Facebook was a popular source of advertisement among the attendants.
“They make weekly Facebook events and this one just popped up (on my Facebook feed),” Snyder said. “I like crafts and doing something outside of schoolwork. I made a really embarrassing valentine.”
Anson had found the GALentine’s Day event through Facebook as well, and found the event intriguing.
“I also heard about it through Facebook,” Anson said.
“I think it showed up in my newsfeed because many of my friends were interested in the event. Guests said they thought the event was a good way to balance their schoolwork. “It’s fun coming with friends and doing the really cool crafts they have here,” Anson said. “It’s just a really good way to unwind from classes.”
Hagen agreed because of her rigorous studies.
“I really like the art community, and free events like this are fun and allow you to be creative,” Hagen said. “Since I’m a science major a lot of my classes are very math and science based, so it’s nice to come to something where you can make something for free with good intentions to make someone smile or celebrate a holiday with your friends.”
Art After Hours will run every Thursday at the Pomona College Museum of Art through April 28.
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