Art by college faculty will be on exhibit

Fifty Shades of Color Exhibit opens at the Taft College Art Gallery which will feature the works of art, drama and creative writing by members of the Taft College faculty.

A reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, April 12, beginning at 3:30 p.m in the TC art gallery.

Colors are the recurring theme of the exhibit, with works ranging from digital photos printed on photographic paper and aluminum to mixed media works of representation and non-representation images.

Of particular interest is Debora Rodenhauser's large-scale "Connectivity, which is a playful visual metaphor for our telecommunication habits and devices.

The works on exhibit demonstrate the rich diversity of approaches our faculty teach their students, whose works were recently on exhibit in the "Best of Fall 2012."

A work created by John Rodriguez received the most votes for the People's Choice Award and Alexandria Reinken's "Sunset Sweetheart" mixed media design spoofing covers of New York Magazine captured the Faculty Award.

Both works were created in Rodenhauser's Art 1600 Basic Design Class.

"Lye" by Kimberly Williams, a photograph is the recipient of the President's Award

"I can really sense the joy of the young boy playing in the leaves. The lighting is wonderful and the artist truly captured the spirit of the young boy," said TC President Dr. Dena Maloney.

Two Honorable Mention distinctions

were given to Amy Sanchez for her painting "Tuscany" and to an "Untitled" photograph by Ariel Barham.

Williams and Barham were students in Gary Graupman's Photo 1510 Basic Photography class and Sanchez was a

student in Dacey Vanderwal's Art 1640 Painting class.

While the student exhibit is no longer on view, the award winners are viewable at the Taft College Gallery Facebook page.

Leigh Golling, Drama, and Geoffrey Dyer, Creative Writing, will perform at the opening reception, which will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Light refreshments

will be served.