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Senior Art Exhibit on Display in Weizenblatt Gallery
Mars Hill College’s Weizenblatt Gallery will feature a collection of artwork in various media by five senior student artists, from April 17 through May 3. Artists whose work will be part of the exhibit are: Olivia Buckner, Joel Dempsey, Emma Hoffman, Kristen Landers, and James "Jamie" Raezer.
Weizenblatt Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibition on Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 7 pm.
|Body as Canvas, by Olivia Buckner|
Olivia Buckner is an art education major from Mars Hill, NC. Her work, called Body as Canvas, features photography of painted models.
"I have managed to bring both mediums of paint and photography into one. My show is called Body as Canvas where I have used people to display my work," she said. "I also wanted to bring my faith into my work. I am a Christian and a firm believer that if God is in your life and using you, it will show. This was my inspiration for my show.We are works of art that God has created individually and uniquely; we are the canvas. I hope you enjoy it!"
|Heroes Recycle by Joel Dempsey|
Joel Dempsey is a graphic design major from Mars Hill, NC. During his college career, Joel said his art has evolved from traditional drawings to computer-generated art. His theme is "Heroes Recycle."
He said, "The art process today has changed a lot from how it was in the past. Today, a good majority of the art is produced digitally even though you might not know it. This is what directed me toward being a graphic designer. … Over the last semester I have been working with a recycle theme for my show. This was actually an ongoing theme that I have done a few pieces for over the past two years. On these new pieces, I pushed the idea "heroes recycle" a little further. I hope you enjoy the show. And don’t forget to recycle."
|Abandonment, by Emma Hoffman|
Emma Hoffman is an art major from Asheville, NC. Her artist statement describes how her love for art emerged over time.
"When I came to Mars Hill I didn’t have any intention of pursuing a major in art. It was during my required art education class that I changed my focus," she said. "I began with a concentration in ceramics but have moved to photography as I love the use of spatial awareness that it requires to take a successful photograph. I prefer to use minimal amounts of Photoshop work as I prefer my edits to be made through the lens. …"
Many of Emma’s photos feature items which are seemingly out of place. "My goal for this series of photographs is to make the viewer feel uncomfortable and misplaced," she said.
|"I See You," by Kristen Landers|
Kristen Landers is an art major from East Flat Rock, NC. Kristen said she hopes to use photography and graphic design to make others aware of issues in the world.
She said, "With most of my artwork, I try to make the viewer have a reaction to it. This is what led me to Photographic Expressionism. This expresses the nature in which the photograph is distorted or exaggerated for the emotive or expressive purposes. Using a harsh subject matter and color is a way of expressionism leaving the viewer to have a reaction. Photographic expressionism is how I show the viewer the world I create in my head. Welcome to my world of expressionism."
|Flake Shirt, by Jamie Raezer|
James "Jamie" Raezer is an art major from Downington, PA. He said he came to Mars Hill to pursue a degree in business administration, but quickly realized that a studio art major with a concentration in graphic design was a better fit.
"Over the last four years here at Mars Hill College I have progressed as a designer with aspirations of finding a solid career in the design industry," he said. "For this exhibition I strived to display different forms of design. Looking at the pieces displayed, the viewer will see Adobe Photoshop illustrations, clothing designs done with Adobe Illustrator and also designs done with spray paint on canvas."