Quite a Show: Community enjoys COM faculty art reception

Posted on: January 27, 2012

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.”

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