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Graduating Bethel art majors featured in final exhibit of year

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual Bethel College Senior Art Exhibit opened Friday, May 6, with a reception for the five student artists to be held during Commencement Weekend.

Student artwork includes ceramics, painting, photography and prints, on display in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on the Bethel College campus.

Christina Dietzel, Newton, is showing photographs. She will graduate May 22 with a bachelor of arts degree in art. She is the daughter of Ron and Shirley Dietzel of Newton.

Zach Frey, Goessel, is showing prints. He will graduate May 22 with a B.A. in art. He is the son of Linda and Monty Frey of Goessel.

Aaron Gaeddert, Leawood, is showing collages made with photos on wood panels. He is scheduled to graduate in July with a B.A. in art. He is the son of Greg and Terri Gaeddert of Leawood.

Lacey Parker, Lone Tree, Iowa, is showing ceramics and paintings. She will graduate May 22 with a B.A. in art. She is the daughter of Bradley and Denise Parker of Lone Tree.

Sam Piper, North Newton, is showing paintings. He is scheduled to graduate in July with majors in art and English. He is the son of Beth and Jon Piper of North Newton.

The five are students of David Long, professor of art, Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct professor of art, and Gail Lutsch, professor emeritus of art.

The seniors’ exhibit will be open through Sunday, May 22. There will be an artists’ reception Friday, May 20, from 6-8 p.m. to which the public is welcome.

Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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