Art show presents work by students

Jon Nelson, Features Editor

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The Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery, located in the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library, is holding its annual exhibit of student art.

The Bakersfield College Art Student Exhibit brings together student work from across all disciplines in the BC art department. Traditional paintings and photography are displayed alongside headdresses made from recycled paper grocery bags.

“The show is really well put together. This semester has a better mix,” said Daniel Nunez, a 23-year-old fine arts major at BC. “I’m enjoying this show a lot more.”

One of the more unusual pieces at the show was a large, ceramic Koopa shell from the Super Mario Bros. video games made by BC student Aveleardo Castro.

“I really like the ceramics. I didn’t realize that was big at BC,” said Juliana Paz, 23.

Another crowd favorite was a series called “Your best friends” by Deborah J. Nava-Korhonen.

The artist used broad strokes along with bright colors to paint various breeds of dog on several canvases.

“There’s a lot of cool stuff,” said Lorraina Paz, 21, an art major at BC.

Another notable work was a painting titled, “Dark Coffee” by Samantha Garrett, who had several pieces in the show. “Coffee” uses a Van Goghstyle painting technique to forge a moody portrait of a man drinking coffee.

BC professors chose the work that was contributed to the show from pieces made during the semester.

Margaret Nowling, curator of the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery, was very pleased with the turnout and the exhibit itself.

“It’s a very strong show. All the areas of art are represented,” she said.

The Bakersfield College Art Student Exhibit runs until May 3.

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