Annual MCLA Student Art Show to Open


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Beginning Thursday, April 29, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 presents "Imagine. Make. Create. MCLA Student Art Show" a showcase of student artworks.

The exhibit will begin with an opening reception on Thursday, April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. It will include a performance of original student compositions, by the "New Music Consort," music professor Christine Condaris' students.

"Although throughout the year, MCLA Gallery 51 exhibits works by artists from around the world, once a year, the College is delighted to showcase our own students," said Jonathan Secor, director of special programs at MCLA.

"This is the second year of the art major. Our numbers well exceed our second year prediction, and we are looking forward to a show that highlights not only work created as part of class assignments, but also independent exploration," said Melanie Mowinski, assistant professor of visual art.

Coordinated by MCLA faculty, staff, and students, the exhibition will feature an installation by Advanced Art Lab students, Pam Buchanan, Danielle Christensen, Joanna Gillis, Fiona Slattery, entitled "From Trash to Treasure," this installation is a memorial to artist Susan Woolf, and expands on her philosophy that everyone and everything has value, whether noticed or not.

The show will also include two large paintings by Merritt Fletcher and Signe Kutzer. After the exhibition, the paintings will be installed in their permanent location, Bowman Hall.

The show will also include numerous artworks from students across campus, as they reveal their own ways that they imagine, make and create. Their explorations include sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, collage and more.

"Imagine. Make. Create." runs through May 23. MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information, call 413-664-8718, or go to Gallery51 .