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Baker students showcase artistic talent

Story by Margo Rodewald

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Art students are getting the chance to display some of their fall semester creations in the Juried Student Exhibition that opened Nov. 12 in the Holt-Russell Gallery in Parmenter Hall.

“It’s a wonderful representation of our department and what we have been doing this fall,” Instructor of Art Jennifer Jarnot said.

Students were allowed to enter three pieces of either paintings, drawings, digital photography or ceramics for judging, and from there, Jarnot and Professor of Art Inge Balch picked out pieces for the show based on work, quality and craftsmanship.

About 80 to 100 pieces are on display, featuring 60 to 75 of Baker’s major and non-major studio art students.

“We had such a nice turnout this year, people interested in the show and wanting to show their work and show everyone on campus what they’ve done for the semester,” Jarnot said.

Seniors Nate Swihart, Baker Orange cartoonist, and Briana Bever, two interdisciplinary majors who are graduating in December, are highlighted in the show and have an entire wall of artwork on display.

Bever has a series of photographs called “Old Fashioned Times” on her wall. It’s a group of nine photographs of antiques.

This is the first time Bever has had artwork in the gallery and she was glad to be able to attend the art show’s opening.

“It was just amazing to see,” she said. “I never thought that my artwork would be on display anywhere.”

But it’s not just art majors with artwork in the show.

Senior Megan Nelson, theater major, has three pieces on display, including a landscape piece titled “Remember Me Still,” a Johnny Depp portrait and a piece of pottery.

Nelson said it was hard to decide what to put in the show, and wasn’t even sure if she would enter any pieces.

“To me, art is a way for me to express myself and to relieve stress, and it’s a place where I can go to just get away from life,” she said. “I’ve gotten a little bit more serious about it and … I actually want to improve myself and challenge myself.”

Nelson was unable to attend the opening of the show, but she has had a chance to go and see her artwork on display, and it was a really big moment for her.

“Sometimes you think that you’re good at something, but this whole entire time I’ve been just trying to learn and trying to get better,” she said. “To know that somebody else thinks my work is good, too, makes me feel good.”

The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 7.

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