Hue Highlights Art World

If you have an interest in the art world, whether or not you are an artist yourself, you will enjoy viewing the contents of Hue and Sable, Andover’s fine arts magazine. The student-run publication contains students’ artwork and articles, as well as reports of what is going on in the current art scene. Most of the articles are written by the board, comprised of about 15 people. However, there are also guest contributors and artists. There is a wide range of topics in the magazine, and writers often opt to take a non-traditional approach to their assignments. “We encourage writers to think out of the box,” said co-editor Emily Weston ’04, “and to write about anything in the world that they find beautiful or that has aesthetic value.” The magazine also frequently contains information about the history of the art world, both ancient and modern. The most recent issue, which was published last spring, featured the writing of Jaclyn Ho ’05, the magazine’s layout editor since her freshman year. Titled, “Taking a Closer Look at Things: The Art in Science,” the article presents a study of photographer/research artist named Felice Frankel, who works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. This is an example of a topic that may not be thought of as a traditional study of art, but is embraced by the innovative student publication. Found in the next issue will be an article about the development of the World Trade Center, written by Alvin Yu ’04, one of the magazine’s senior contributing writers. From his research, he writes about the history of the former World Trade Center and the architectural approach taken in its construction. In addition, he also details the process of creating and selecting a design for Ground Zero. Yu also wrote an article about art in food, yet another example of an unconventional approach to the portrayal of artwork in everyday life. Yu commented on Hue and Sable, “I really enjoy it because of what I learn. It’s not like your typical art magazine that analyzes paintings and traditional artwork; instead, it compels you to seek out different forms of artistry that may not be apparent at first glimpse.” Hue and Sable is a fairly recent publication, founded three years ago by Ariel Axelrod-Hahn ’02. This year’s editors, Emily Weston ’04 and Meg Sullivan ’04, hope to make Hue and Sable great by upping the quality and getting it more publicity. In the past, the magazine has consisted of only 20 or 30 pages, but in the next edition the page count will be nearly doubled. As last year’s photography editor, Weston’s interest in art spurned her to become this year’s co-editor. She noted, “I feel that art should have a bigger role on campus, and it shouldn’t be limited to what you do extra-curricularly.” As an editor, Weston enjoys the wide range of topics and approaches chosen by contributing writers, as well as getting involved with the business aspect of the magazine, an opportunity that she didn’t have last year. The production of the magazine is no easy process. It takes the board a lot of time to select the works that they want to display, as well as to write their articles. Each individual article must be edited, and the final layout takes between two to three weeks to finish. The magazine is advised by Ellen Hardy, director in Design Services, and Emily Trespas, an art instructor who teaches courses in painting and print-making. The publication comes out twice a year, after Thanksgiving and in the spring. Anyone can submit their work, no matter what level artist he may be; whether you’ve taken art extensively or are merely an art enthusiast; Hue and Sable encourages students to take this opportunity to get recognition for their accomplishments in the world of art.