2016 Seminole State College Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit Review

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Review Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Sanford, FL – Each year at Seminole State College, the Fine Arts Faculty Art Exhibit to show off their masterpieces for students and the general public to view. Now is your chance to view their best work. This year’s fine arts faculty exhibiting includes works of art by Bert Bogdany, Christopher Bolton, Jennifer Copp, Giuseppe Corazzina, Sandra Koop, Viktoryia McGrath, Jay Spalding, and Larry Vienneau. These eight college fine art instructors teach photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, and printmaking. Besides teaching they also create their own artistic inspired pieces on their own time.

When arriving on Seminole State College property to visit this art exhibit, you will want to park closest to the Performing and Fine Arts Building. Parking is free. The college art gallery is open Monday thru Thursday 10am – 3pm and during intermission theater performances. This fine arts exhibition runs from November 10, 2016 thru December 8, 2016. The art gallery admission is free to visit, but they kindly ask for any kind of monetary donation to keep the college art gallery open and running strong.

When entering the college art gallery you will notice many pieces on the wall and on pedestals too. My eye was drawn towards the kid with the donut painting hung on the left sidewall. This oil on canvas painting is measures approximately 60” x 60” entitled “Llyod 6” and was created by Studio Arts Adjunct Professor Viktoryia McGrath, who is an art instructor at SSC. The paining is a contemporary portrait of a child. The overall painting depicts a boy with his eyes closed eating a donut. This young boy depicted in the painting is the artist own son. The color scheme for the painting has many colors such as tan, medium blue, yellow, white, and gray. This little boy has a face a mother could love. For more information on her work please check out www.viktoryiamcgrath.com

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Another Studio Arts Professor is Jay Spalding who created the “Green Fish, Green Tea Tea Pot.” This art piece was located on a pedestal by the large window in the corner. Spalding referred to his creation as an abstract teapot. He said, “I tried to experiment with the subject matter.” This teapot has multi colors glaze used for the base and is accented by the lime green contrasting color for the top and bottom. I asked him if this piece is functional and his replied it was to give the appearance of functionality. Many viewers will notice the lime green fish shape on the lid hand along with the back fish fin and the rounded spout to complete this art piece. The fish is not a religious representation for this piece although it could be if the viewer wanted too. For more information on his work please check out www.facebook.com/jayspaldingclayworks .

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The next Studio Arts Adjunct Professor is Christopher Bolton who created a black and white photo series of his work when he went on vacation to Mexico City in August 2016. These are a 16” x 20” framed and matted black and white and are printed on Ilford fiber gelatin silver prints with a selenium tone. Each print has archival quality to last a long time. Outof the photo series that caught my eye was the photo entitled “Group Portrait.” Bolton said these five guys in the photos are Mexican communications workers sitting on park bench relaxing. Viewers will also notice that there is a stone pattern above the group portrait heads. I asked Bolton what type of camera did he use to capture these wonderful photos and he said he used a Nikon F100 film camera with a 35mm fixed lens.

2016-ssc-fine-arts-faculty-art-exhibit-dsc_0881_mod Plus, beside his Mexico City photo series, Bolton created a special feature photo series inside the art gallery entitled “Pulse and After” which was beautifully documented by photos in a photo slideshow on the aftermath of the 2016 Pulse Shooting in Orlando. This 6-minute photo slideshow hash 41 various photos from scenes around the nightclub, the Dr. Phillips Center memorial service, and much more. The viewer can get a true perspective of what it was like surround the story of the post of Pulse. Also, this is one art piece one will want to watch at the art gallery.

The next Seminole State College Art Gallery featured artist is Margaret Noel. Opening reception is on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5-7pm. Her art exhibit will run from January 19 – February 20, 2017. For more information go to:
www.seminolestate.edu/arts/events/gallery

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