An agglomeration of artwork evoking artists’ wide-ranging inspiration through tactile language has been showcased in the Yuba College campus library since November 30 and will remain on display through December 14.
The Student Art Show, an auspicious end-of-term occasion, showcased the singular talent of Yuba College’s own studio artists, such talents made manifest in everything from lavish watercolor wallscapes to Warhol-esque monochromatic prints to uncanny sculpted renderings of three-dimensional objects.
While participation in the gallery is chiefly voluntary, some instructors mandate participation so as to prompt students to infuse their pieces with more pride and enhance their self-awareness as artists, not just artists-in-training.
“My attitude is that I want everyone to show,” said Fine Arts instructor Sara Sealander. “There are some pieces that are more polished than others, but they are all the students’ best efforts.”
Some of the show’s prominent pieces included stunning canvasses of vibrant colors and stylized images capturing the imagination of students in Jim McConnell’s watercolor, oil, and acrylics painting classes; masks swathed in painted cloth and ornamented in unlikely trimmings from Anna DeSilva’s art appreciation class; two and three-dimensional projects from Stephanie Adams’ ceramics class; and scenes etched in charcoal and images palately pleasurable from Sealander’s own drawing and printmaking classes.
Students who plotted their daily campus routes a bit differently this month glimpsed into the library hall at Ricardo Gallardo’s curious pieces constructed with plastic cutlery and a suggestively autobiographical piece of a son with his skull’s contents exposed for a nagging woman to peer up into.
They also saw Diane Machado’s delicate Pier 1-ready grapes mosaic deriving from an assortment of rich, glossy mediums and Marian Nelson’s striking clay rendering of a conch shell, encased in glass amidst works of fellow Advanced Design students.
A reception held on December 6 in honor of the student artists will include a raffle, during which relished materials such as sketchbooks and paints will be up for grabs, as well as lighthearted novelty prizes indulging toddlers and other family attendees.
“The students get very excited when their art goes up on the wall,” Sealander said. “They know that this is their best work.”