Retiring Fine Arts Instructors Celebrated in Dance Spectrum, Annual Spring Show Runs March 15-18

More than 60 students, faculty and guests will perform 14 original works

MARCH 2, 2018--Dance Spectrum, the annual spring show presented by the Allan Hancock College dance program, runs Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18 in the Marian Theatre on the Santa Maria campus. Dance instructor Jesus Solorio directs the cast of more than 60 students, faculty and guests performing 14 original works, ranging from ballet to modern, jazz, hip hop, Folklorico and martial arts.

This year’s show pays tribute to two retiring fine arts instructors: art faculty Marti Fast and photography coordinator David Passage. The two have spent 52 years combined at the college and more than 100 years combined of professional work in their respective fields.

Passage has been teaching photography at Allan Hancock College for the past 20 years. He described teaching as the greatest gig. The students, staff and faculty at Hancock inspired Passage to come back every semester to share his passion for photography.

“I love that photographs, machine-made images, can be about how things look, but they can also be about ideas,” said Passage, who said many of his idols were English teachers before they became photographers. “When photography was first born in 1839, people didn’t know how to understand this radically different way of making pictures. It looked most like paintings to them so they talked about it in terms of painting. In truth, photography, as an informational medium, probably has more to do with language than with art.”

Passage graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in English. He fell in love with photography while attending one of Ansel Adams’ workshops in Yosemite. He assisted Adams with workshops for a few years before he decided to go back to school. He went on to earn his BFA and MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Passage worked at Frog Prince & Co. as a commercial printer. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for more than 25 years. 

Fast has been an associate faculty member for 32 years at Allan Hancock College and spent the last 21 years as art gallery director for the college’s Ann Foxworthy Gallery. A former Hancock student, Fast is recognized as a brilliant educator, mentor and a motivating force for visual arts on the Central Coast. She has positively impacted thousands of Hancock students during her teaching career, as well as advocated for all of the performing arts.

“Teaching is a joy, and there is no greater reward than witnessing moments when the lights go on for my students as they learn to see with new eyes,” said Fast. “Being a faculty member at Hancock is the best job in the world, and I’ve learned something new every single day from my students and colleagues.”

Fast has curated hundreds of exhibits at the Foxworthy Gallery and as a freelance installer/ designer for area shows. The most memorable experiences for her over the years include working with notable artists and coordinating the visits by a group of Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery. She has also served several years on the college’s Art on Campus committee.

As an artist, Fast’s figure drawings have been published in two volumes of Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing; Reader’s Digest’s Drawing & Sketching Secrets; and Mindprints, the journal of creative writing published by Allan Hancock College. Fast credits her parents, Nat and Marcie Fast, for cultivating her love of the arts that led her to become an artist.

Active in the community for decades, Fast has served as president of the Santa Maria Arts Council (SMAC), co-chair of SMAC’s Individual Grants in the Arts competition, chair of the Central Coast Watercolor Society’s Aquarius exhibition and participated in the City of Lompoc’s Mural-in-a-Day project. In 2014, Fast received SMAC’s Individual Grants in the Arts Award.

Dance Spectrum features several guest celebrity choreographers with multiple television, movie, musical and dance credits to their names. From Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17, the show begins at 7 p.m. There also are 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Children ages five and older are welcome to attend. Tickets are $16 and $18, and can be purchased at the college's Performing Arts Center Box Office on the Santa Maria campus or by calling (805) 922-8313. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:30 – 7 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 – 5 p.m.  For more information, call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3845.

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Last Modified Mar 2, 2018