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Senior Art Exhibits
Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill College will feature the Senior Art Exhibits of student artists Paula Arangio and Carson Fackler April 15 through May 6.
Student artists Carson Fackler and Paula Arangio
Arangio is an art major from Gloucester, Virginia, and a 2007 graduate of Gloucester High School. Her exhibit is titled “Untamed Mirth,” and focuses on wild animal portraits in oil paint and charcoal drawings.
“I believe that everyone is connected with animals in some way throughout their lives. I also believe that animals show us a lot of ourselves within them as well, through movement, posture, and body language,” she said. “I am striving to show the connection of man, animal, and the attraction of the untamed through my art in a way that helps feed the hunger of curiosity and being personal with animals to everyone’s inner nature.”
Arangio said her paintings and drawings convey “…the personal desire to be closer with the subjects and the yearning to understand and bond with them on a closer than normal viewing distance.” The works are also intended to explore the relationship between humans and animals, and to encourage identification with animals as individuals, rather than as members of a species.
"Her Appeal," an oil on canvas painting by Paula Arangio
"Repose," an oil on canvas painting by Carson Fackler
Carson Fackler is an art major from Bakersfield, California, and a 2006 graduate of Ridgeview High School. His show, titled “Dilucence”, concentrates on the figure with water using oil paints.
Fackler said his relationship with water began early in life, when he began swimming competitively at 10 years old. That relationship has influenced his art. “The pools in California are seldom indoors and after 12 years of staring at the bottom of the pool in the sun, I am still amazed by the dancing bands of light at the bottom of the pool. Dilucence is about the relationship of the figure and water and in this show it was my goal to depict their connection as harmonious unit and as an extension of the other.”
Fackler said that Dilucence is a word he created, derived from the words “dilute” and “lucence”. The paintings in the collection reflect Fackler’s inspiration from modern impressionistic painters, his partiality to depicting the human body and his own fascination with the play of light in water.
The exhibits are free and open to the public. Weizenblatt Gallery is open each weekday from 9 am until 5 pm.