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College of the Mainland
News Release
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

QUITE A SHOW: COMMUNITY ENJOYS COM FACULTY ART RECEPTION

TEXAS CITY – College of the Mainland student Christian Carlin, of League City, was  impressed with the COM Faculty Art Exhibition during the artist reception on  Thursday afternoon at the art gallery.
 
“I like Mayuko (Gray’s) and Mark (Greenwalt’s) the best,” Carlin said. “I like to see which stuff they’ve chosen to put in after I see all of the work they’ve done. It was  interesting to see what they’d do outside of the classroom.”
 
Six of the seven artists were present and each of them spoke to a crowd of 40 people regarding their work. Conceptual artist Nick Barbee was the only artist who didn’t attend the event.
 
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through Thursday, Feb. 16. Gray, who was born and raised in Japan, studied calligraphy at a young age. She  “combined eastern and western artwork” with a trio of complex Japanese
calligraphy paintings that each told a story.
 
Greenwalt spoke about his unique artwork that featured distorted images. He said that he’s simultaneously holding multiple ideas together at the same time and noted that he was inspired by pop culture, especially from the 1960s.
 
COM student Victoria Alvarado, of Dickinson, was impressed with Greenwalt’s talent and creativity.
 
“I love it,” she said. “Mark Greenwalt’s paintings are so distorted and so different.”

George Bowes, who specializes in ceramics, discussed how “all art has a narrative”  and discussed how he’s interested in the “layers and events of a piece.”

Photography artists Lisa Marie Kress and Kristy Peet showcased interesting images in their respective exhibits.
 
Kress focused on photos of Galveston that convey an image besides great weather and beaches. Peet had a unique exhibit called “How Will I Die?” She came up with  the idea after discussing the topic with a fellow artist.
 
Ann Wood, who’s an installation artist, had one of the most unique exhibits. She incorporates many different types of art into her work.
 
Wood’s unique art impressed COM student Krystal Chaisson of Santa Fe.

“It’s gruesome,” Chaisson said. “But she presents it in such a delicious manner. I really like (the exhibit). I’ve never been much of an artist. I want to be able to  illustrate my books someday. This is really an inspiration.”

College of the Mainland offers a wide range of classes, from nationally accredited associate degrees and certifications to skills, hobbies and trades. COM has an excellent professor-to-student ratio that helps instructors connect with their classes. We’re the launch pad for success stories throughout the Mainland.




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