MCLA Senior Art Show, 'Creativity Cubed,' to Open April 28


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present "Creativity Cubed," the senior art show of three graduating MCLA art students on Thursday, April 28, at a collaborative gallery at 28 Holden St. in North Adams.  

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Holden Street gallery, following the opening of "All Together Now," the annual MCLA Student Art Show at MCLA Gallery 51.  

Both events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

Graduating seniors, Danielle Christensen '11, Brielle Rizzotti '11 and Ben Warren '11 each have their own artistic styles which have developed during their time at MCLA. 

Christensen deconstructs fairy tales and nursery rhymes to their historical origin through the manipulation of ink in two-dimensional drawings and the use of tunnel books. She is looking forward to finishing her position as assistant manager at MCLA Gallery 51 and will graduate from MCLA with a bachelor's degree in art.   

Rizzotti strives to create a sense of whimsy, movement and harmony through the use of mixed media, collage and abstract design. She will graduate with a major in art and a minor in arts management.  

According to Melanie Mowinski, art instructor at MCLA and the senior art show advisor, Rizzotti is excited about the senior art show, which offers an opportunity to showcase the culmination of her work as an MCLA art student.  

"Brielle embraces and appreciates the value of such an experience and has mixed emotions about ending such an influential chapter of her life as an MCLA student. After graduation, she will complete an internship through the B-HIP program, where she hopes to further develop her skills, gain real-world experience, and continue her exposure to the arts as an active member of the creative community," Mowinski said.

Warren's work explores what it is like for a comic in the real world. He  blends the boundaries of cartoon existence with real life consequences. Warren will graduate with a double major in art and fine and performing arts, with a concentration in theatre. He has been an active member of the MCLA community taking part in many aspects of student life.  

For Warren who plans to move to Boston after graduation, "Creativity Cubed" means multiple things. "For one, it is the culmination of college. I had a great time here and I'm going to miss the people. Two, this has fully prepared me for future exhibitions of my art work," he said. 

"I am really impressed by the diversity of the students' work," Mowinski said. "Out of the seven total art majors to date, every single student pursued their own unique project and vision, including these three."  

MCLA wishes to thank David Carver and Scarafoni Realty for their generosity in allowing this show to take place in one of their spaces.

"Creativity Cubed" runs through May 22 in the collaborative gallery at 28 Holden Street. It will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 413-662-5264 or go to Gallery51 .