Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit Opens March 24

Located in the Ann Foxworthy Gallery

ArtExhibit-2014FacultyShow-DPassageMARCH 20, 2014 -- The creative efforts of the Allan Hancock College fine arts department artists/teachers are showcased in the annual Fine Arts Faculty Art Show, opening March 24 in the Ann Foxworthy Gallery on the Santa Maria campus.  A reception for the artists will be held in the gallery from 2:45 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 3.  The public is invited to meet the art faculty and see their work.  The exhibit will be on display through Wednesday, April 23.

The exhibit showcases a broad range of media including drawing, mixed media, oils, digital painting, ceramics, photography and conceptual sculpture.  Gallery Director Marti Fast said, “This show is a longtime tradition, which allows students and visitors an opportunity to appreciate the depth and breadth of talent in the fine arts program.”

Faculty member John Hood has pieces in the show.  He teaches advanced drawing and mixed media, and says he is constantly fascinated by the inner workings of nature.  “Its visual complexities and philosophical possibilities form a base from which I begin my exploration.  My interest in organic matter manifests in imagined shapes based on my environment.  A variety of experiments reveal themselves with new techniques and compositions.  For me, the forms become what I refer to as the constant companion, taking the form of contemplative subject matter.”

ArtExhibit-2014FacultyShow-GalleryPhotography instructor David Passage has been shooting images from his iPhone, in a new genre of image making called plein air photography.  His suite of four images was taken on a trip to Marfa, Texas.  “iPhone cameras are not only changing the way people use photography by allowing us to create and access visual information in the moment, they are also an expressive tool, and wonderful apps let you edit pictures on the fly and in the field.”  After quick editing, Passage emails the files to his home printer and moves on to the next subject to capture his imagination.

At the edgy end of the spectrum is fine arts instructor Gabriel Navar, who has fun parodying YouTube and the ubiquitous world of apps.  His four paintings are critical and creative explorations, celebrations and observations about our relationships, dependence and addictions with technological apps, such as his “App 4 better days” and “App 2 undo failures.”

Bob Nichols leads the ceramics program on campus.  A prolific artist who constantly experiments with line, shapes, symbolism, color and process, he is lately playing with lines found in rock formations, images taken of earth from the air and other sources both natural and man-made.  These inspired his own stick and ink marks, which he interpolated into both digital print and ceramic forms.  His nine-part project, “(m)Artifacts,” reflects the abstraction process and creative thinking these calligraphically based marks inspired.

ArtExhibit-2014FacultyShow-NJWardDesign instructor Nancy Jo Ward has inspired scores of digital design students with her teaching and art.  She blurs the line between traditional and digital art, drawing, painting and compositing found objects and textures onto digital photos or pastel drawings that have been developed traditionally and then digitized.  Recently she was asked to create a painting as a tribute to the late Nat Fast, former Hancock instructor and PCPA company artist.  Using one of Fast’s iconic folkloric dance images as a background element, Ward added her own dancer in a vibrant, energetic interpretation of movement and color.

Fast said that this show is one of the most serene she has mounted in recent years, including documentary photos of the recent visit to Hancock by the Tibetan monks taken by the college’s staff photographer, Kevin Boland.  Some of the paintings include birds, Mono Lake, and hummingbirds nectaring.  For a smile, the center gallery features three wonderfully quirky metal bird sculptures by Mike McNutt.  Fast invites visitors to come enjoy an inspiring time viewing the variety of art on display in the gallery.

The Foxworthy Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; it is closed weekends and school holidays.  The gallery is located in the Academic Resource Center, Bldg. L-South, in the heart of the Santa Maria campus.

Questions? Contact the fine arts department at 922-6966 ext. 3252, or Marti Fast at ext. 3465.

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Captions: (top to bottom)
I-80 East, CA.  David Passage.  Inkjet print from iPhone.
Interior of Foxworthy Gallery
Tribute to Nat Fast.  Nancy Jo Ward.  Digital painting.

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