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Annual student exhibit opens in Fine Arts Center gallery

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual student art exhibit at Bethel College opens Friday, April 11, in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus.

The exhibit features work of students in 2007-08 art classes at Bethel College. Media represented include drawings in oil pastel, colored pencil, ink and charcoal, oil and acrylic paintings, stitchery works in embroidery floss, sculpture, ceramics, mask-making, printmaking, photography and jewelry.

Student artists are Gretchen Bookout, senior from Newton; MeLissa Carter, senior from Newton; Simone Classen, junior from Waldfeucht, Germany; Christina Dietzel, sophomore from Newton; Kelsey Easterday, sophomore from Manhattan; Tia Ezell, freshman from Yoder; Megan Fowler, freshman from La Junta, Colo.; Zack Frey, freshman from Newton; Sarah Fuentes, sophomore from Erie, Colo.; Sam Gaeddert, sophomore from Hutchinson; Jesse Goertzen, junior from Goessel; Reed Hammond, sophomore from Wichita; Brett Jackson, senior from North Newton; Andrea Kaufman, junior from Harrisburg, S.D.; Alex Krahn, sophomore from Mountain Lake, Minn.; Kelli Kroeker, sophomore from Hutchinson; Kate Larson, senior from Clay Center; Mike Linscheid; Malcolm McGregor, freshman from Pittsburg; Kelsie Miller, sophomore from Goshen, Ind.; Ben Mosier, junior from Hutchinson; Emily Piper, junior from North Newton; Dana Rathbun, senior from Bennington; Diana Rempel, sophomore from Littleton, Colo.; Brittni Rhodes, fifth-year student from Hesston; Katie Robertson, junior from Lawrence; Susan Schmeichel, junior from Hurley, S.D.; Kim Schmidt, senior from Wichita; Bryce Schmidt, senior from Freeman, S.D.; Dakota Sorenson, junior from Crestone, Colo.; Zack Towns, junior from Mount Hope; Ryan Unruh, senior from Moundridge; Amy Volweider, freshman from Haven; Julie Wallace, Tabor College student; Annette Wapelhorst, senior from Colwich; and Ken Ward, freshman from Hugo, Colo.

Bethel art faculty are Gail Lutsch, professor of art, and David Long, associate professor of art.

The student exhibit runs through April 25 in the gallery, located inside the Fine Arts Center building on the Bethel campus. Regular gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The final exhibit for this school year will be the annual senior art exhibit, May 2-25, showcasing work that graduating art majors have developed during their junior and senior years. The reception for the senior exhibit will be during Commencement weekend, Saturday, May 24, from 3-5 p.m.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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