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Arts comes to life at Student Art Show

STUDENTS and others view the exhibits in the Fine Arts Gallery (Western Sun photo).

STUDENTS and others view the exhibits in the Fine Arts Gallery (Western Sun photo).

By Thom deMartino/Western Sun staff writer

Creativity is both prized and nurtured at Golden West College — and for a limited time, the results are on display in the GWC Art Gallery, showcasing some of the striking examples of visionary artwork from participants of the Fine Arts program’s spring semester.

The Student Art Show includes a variety of styles of art, including drawing and life drawing, photography, painting, ceramics, 2D and 3D design, and much more.

“I’m excited [about being involved],” says Yoyel Rosales, one of the artists chosen to participate in the show: both she and classmate Bill Matthew Dee each had two pieces on display, one each from the 2D class with Professor Iam Stewart Hamilton.

Where others may balk at the degree of effort demanded by some classes, Rosales appreciates thecaliber of work the instructors desire from their students: “For the Tonal Head piece [for example], we had to come up with six different patterns and incorporate them all… it really gets you thinking.”

“We have amazing students, so we try to showcase the best of the best of what our students produce [and submit] to the show,” says Art Department Chair Amanda Best, who curates the show in tandem with Professor Amy Runyon. “There’s [also] a lot of spectacular art that the students don’t even bother to put in, they get too shy…”

One goal of the exhibition is to encourage students to explore the Golden West arts programs and stimulate interest in other upcoming courses, such as Asian Art History: in fact, GWC will be introducing other art history classes for the 2016-2017 school year, including a History of Photography class in the fall, and hopefully even a Mezoamerican Art History class in the spring.

Best is optimistic about the inspiring influence of the exhibition on the student body. “We hope it showcases our students for what they can do, showcases how spectacular our faculty is, that they’re able to get this kind of work out of our students… that [the quality of the work] will encourage other people to take classes with us.

“We hope that people from all over campus — and even off campus — come see the show.”

The Student Art Show is on display at the Golden West College Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Plaza and runs from April 28 to May 20. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information call (714) 815-8772 or check their GWC Fine Arts Department page on Facebook.

(The photos are Bill Matthew Dee and Yoyel Rosales, and the purple artwork is “Near Collision”, artist’s name should be included in another photo… looks like i may have to send some photos seperately.)

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