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Annual student exhibit opens in Bethel College art gallery

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students from a variety of disciplines working in a variety of media are featured in the annual student art exhibit, which opened Friday, April 9, and continues through April 30 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus.

The exhibit features work of students in 2009-10 art classes, in media including charcoal and pastel drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and stitchery.

Student artists are seniors Darin Derstein, Ford, Aaron Gaeddert, Leawood, Heather Garrison, Haysville, James McCartney, Hesston, Jeremy Newhouse, Walton, Dakota Sorenson, Crestone, Colo., and Ken Ward, Hugo, Colo.; juniors Tim Burns, McAlester, Okla., Amanda Fredrickson, Lawrence, Zach Frey, Goessel, Daniel Klaassen, Whitewater, Derrick Law, Galva, Christian Loeffler, North Newton, Marcus Maust, Bay Port, Mich., Austin McGregor, Noble, Okla., Lacey Parker, Lone Tree, Iowa, Sam Piper, North Newton, and Lucas Stertz, Lincoln; sophomores Jordyn Blanson, Oklahoma City, Erica Buller, Lenexa, Jackie Kamphaus, Clay Center, Rashell Kaufman, Moundridge, Kristen Lohaus, Noble, Okla., Brandi Moral, Ulysses, Brittney Moral, Ulysses, Alyssa Schrag, Moundridge, Andrew Unruh, Valley Center, Claire Unruh, Clay Center, and Sara Volweider, Haven; and freshmen Edward Davila, San Antonio, Texas, Anthony Gonzalez, Newton, Audra Miller, Hesston, John Regier, Beatrice, Neb., Ricardo Sanchez, Moundridge, Lizzie Shelly, Lenexa, Anna Sogaard, Denmark, Grace Unruh, Clay Center, and Miriam Weaverdyck, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Bethel art faculty are David Long, associate professor of art, and Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct assistant professor of art, with assistance from Gail Lutsch, retired professor of art.

The gallery is located inside the Fine Arts Center building on the Bethel campus. Regular 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 7-23, 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 22, from 3-5 p.m. outside the gallery.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges profiled in Colleges of Distinction 2009-10. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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