June 2, 2008

Carson campus hosts two shows

Summer Art Exhibits Offer Variety

Whether your taste runs to a melding of art and prose or an organic infusion into mixed media paintings, Western Nevada College has two displays this summer designed to inspire. Both exhibitions will show through August 8, and are open during regular weekday business hours.

"Vantage Points" - Encore Showing
Brilliant photographs are the muse for WNC creative writing students who have produced literary pieces to accompany the images. The result is an art show entitled "Vantage Points," which is now showing in the Atrium Gallery in the east-center entrance to the Bristlecone Building. "Vantage Points" was shown earlier this year in the Student Gallery, and was brought back by popular demand for a summer showing.

"Most of the photos were taken by Dr. John Lagios, a Carson City neurologist," said English Professor Marilee Swirczek, "We have nearly 50 photos, and the gallery is awash in visual and literary images."

"We call the show 'Vantage Points' because everyone who looks at an object has a different point of view. The photographer has one point of view, the poet or creative writer comes at it from another vantage point, and the third vantage point is the viewer who takes in both the photo and the literary work," Swirczek said.

"We think this is a neat collaboration of the photographer, the creative writer and the audience," she said.

"Blind Leading the Blind"
In the Main Gallery, next to the Atrium Gallery, Artist Naomi Nickerson's paintings explore texture, technique and process. Her environment influences her work, and as a world traveler, her inspiration is huge.

"I want the viewer to be constantly aware of my hand and the edges and surface of the painting," Nickerson, a part-time art instructor at WNC, says.

"I feel organic edges offer a new, contemporary dialogue with paintings. I'm currently working with alternative materials: spackle, house paint, graphite, dry pigment, and metallic spray paints. These paintings are blast to make and I believe that I am engaging in a dialogue with my paintings and the audience in a direct and contemporary way."

As with other college exhibits, there is no admission charge.

Photo Gallery
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Light Through Colored Glass - Photo by J.P. Lagios is one of the images students used to write… Persephone, a mixed media painting by Naomi Nickerson, is on display in the Main Gallery.  
"Light Through Colored Glass" - Photo by J.P. Lagios is one of the images students used to write poems for the "Vantage Point" exhibit."Persephone," a mixed media painting by Naomi Nickerson, is on display in the Main Gallery.  
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