ALPENA - Alpena Community College art students have been diligently working since August on all different forms of art in the Fine Arts Building. The culmination of all their hard work will be on display for the public at the student art show on Friday from 7-9 p.m. in the ACC Fine Arts building, and admission to the show is free.
"The show offers a chance for everyone to get together and enjoy all the different art," student Amanda McDonald said. "We do multiple projects through the semester, depending on the classes we take. There are CGI photos, design, ceramics, sculpture and drawing. It feels good to display our work."
Third semester student Jami Horn has several clothing designs on display, along with (computer-generated imaging) photos, and said she enjoys working with photos and fabric.
"It's fun to make something out of nothing," Horn said. "Each piece took a different amount of time to make. The newspaper jacket took around a month and a half, and the gem dress took about two weeks."
Instructor Laurie Wade has been helping students place their art and prepare for the show, and is excited for them all to show their work.
"We have a great group of students here," Wade said. "The caliber of work is excellent."
Instructor and paraprofessional Rhonda Snyder said the show is great for the students and the community.
"The show displays the students hard work, sweat and tears from the last semester," Snyder said. "They enjoy showing their work and the public enjoys seeing it. This is a chance for everyone in the community to see what goes on in the art building and the work these students produce."
Placement of each piece of work is carefully thought out and planned by building instructors and staff, and takes the week before the show to set up.
"There's always a method to the madness," Snyder said. "Each student's work is spread throughout the entire show, which allows each piece to be displayed individually and makes it stand alone to be enjoyed."
The displays include ceramics pieces, photoshopped and edited photos, paper cutting works, drawings and sculptures, effectively showing the range of work that takes place over the semester in the different art classes.
"It's interesting to see the different types of works," instructor Gene Reimann said. "It takes you back centuries to turning mud on a potter's wheel into a masterpiece, to CGI and edited photos."
The over 150 art students participating in the show usually bring in an average of 1,500 visitors to view their work at the end of every semester, and typically take home their art after the show.
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