Visual Art Event Showcases Creativity

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The Arts Management Club hosted a visual art exhibition last Tuesday, featuring the works of many artists using various forms of media.

Everything from paintings and photography to mixed media with ceramics and found objects could be seen at the event located in the second floor lobby of Bowman Hall.

Artist Gabrielle Harrington displayed some vibrant paintings, one featuring a bright yellow background with a face melting and peeling off a skull.

Other artists such as Zoe Elwell, Sophie Rice, Natalie Lamptey and Chelsea Sutherland also contributed their paintings.

Art by Gabrielle Harrington

Paintings ranged from animals to posed figures to the surreal. The Fashion Club also displayed some of their model photos.

Artist Zoe Villane displayed a mixed media piece entitled “Manifest Euphorium,” a lit-up blue and purple starburst behind a three-dimensional set of pale hands with a drawing of a figure standing above them.

Another table housed the artwork of Bailey Brissett, which featured a ceramic skull and found objects, as well as thread, nails and wood panels.

Vice President of the Arts Management Club Sabrina Dudish walked around the event, making sure the pieces were all in order.

“This is a new club. It just started last year and this is our first event,” said Dudish. “We are hoping that these types of events act as experience for arts management majors, as well as experience with the arts for students not necessarily in the major.”

The club is also planning a concert at the end of the semester.

In addition to the art displayed, members also tended to a bake sale taking place. The love of art and expression extended to the baked goods, with spooky cupcakes decorated for Halloween, as well as many other treats.

The creator of the knitted materials, Barbara Reeves, explained the importance of the pieces she made.

“They’re all for charity, for the Connecticut Children’s Hospital,” said Reeves.

Reeves pointed to the small knitted hats on the table, displayed using different fruits to fit the size of the hat.

“There are three standard sizes that I make for this purpose: grapefruit, orange and lemon. I use them to gauge how big to make them,” Reeves said. “Leftover wool is used for all of these, and the sweaters.”

Knitting by Barbara Reeves

Reeves then focused on a small sweater, showing a finished product, as well as a piece of knitted material that could be folded in a very intricate way in order to form a sweater.

While some classes were in session during the exhibition, the event got many interested viewers as students were let out of the classrooms.

Students and faculty stopped to look at the various pieces and to buy some baked goods. Some even inquired about purchasing some of the pieces.

With the inclusion of so many different art forms, the event turned out to be a cornucopia of self-expression, interpretation and creativity, involving both the artists as well as the viewers.