Students, alumni enjoy music, art and more at ZenaFest

by University Communications,

  • Hunter Noack plays a grand piano in the middle of a field at Willamette's Zena campus
  • A child plays at ZenaFest
  • Professor Joe Bowersox leads a group through the woods at Willamette's Zena campus
  • Student using a cider press
  • students gather around a cider press
  • a child looks through a microscope
  • three alumni having a conversation
  • Professor David Craig talks to a small group of visitors
  • students and alumni visit near a building on Willamette's Zena campus
  • Hunter Noack plays a grand piano in the middle of a field at Willamette's Zena campus
  • A student ties a ribbon to a plant in a golden field as part of an art installation at Willamette's Zena campus
  • Professor Joe Bowersox leads a group through the woods at Willamette's Zena campus
  • Hunter Noack plays a grand piano in the middle of a field at Willamette's Zena campus
  • Student sits in a golden field
  • three people having a conversation
  • A line of students walk down a path across a golden field
  • an alumna smiling
  • two children blowing seeds from dried plants
  • Orange ribbon tied to dried plant in a golden field, part of an art installation
  • Two people holding hands with backs to camera in a golden field

Bright blue skies and sunshine paired with fresh apple cider, classical music and a spectacular natural landscape to create the perfect day for ZenaFest.

About 250 people attended the Sustainability Institute’s annual fall event at Willamette’s 305-acre research and learning property in the hills west of campus on Sept. 9. Students, alumni and other community members hiked through the forest and across the prairie, sampled fresh-pressed cider and learned about the area’s natural resources on tours led by Willamette faculty.

Classical music added another element to delight the senses, with an afternoon and evening performance by nationally recognized pianist Hunter Noack. In a corresponding live art installation, Assistant Professor of Art Cayla Skillin-Brauchle, Chloe A. Lawton ’18 and a group of students attached ribbons to plants surrounding the concert platform, creating a colorful, vibrant response to the music.

Some 50 alumni attended the evening performance after enjoying a private wine-tasting event at Perrydale Hills Vineyard organized by the Willamette University Alumni Association.

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