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Special exhibit to feature local college, high school art students

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery rounds out the fall semester with a special exhibit by young local artists.

“Remixed and Remastered,” featuring drawings by students from Bethel College, Hesston College, and Newton and Hesston high schools, will be in the gallery Dec. 4-6, during Bethel’s finals week.

There will be a reception for the artists Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m., outside the gallery. Hours are daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with no admission charge.

The exhibit highlights a joint project of Bethel and Hesston art faculty members Rachel Epp Buller and Lois Misegadis, and Newton and Hesston high school art teachers Ray Olais and Kathy Schroeder.

Teachers assigned the students one or two drawings – depending on number of credit hours taken – meant to “push them to draw on the world outside of themselves and explore the contemporary relevance of the history of art as well as the interdependence of creative fields such as art and music,” said Epp Buller. Each student will choose one drawing to exhibit.

For the “remixed” assignment, students were “to build visual bridges between art and music,” Epp Buller said. They were asked to follow the concept of  “synaesthesia” that artists like Wassily Kandinsky and others explored in the early 20th century, by stimulating multiple senses (especially sight and sound) and translating these experiences into a single piece of art.

The students were to create a mixed CD or playlist of at least 20 songs; choose a word, phrase or theme that united the song choices;  do a series of sketches while listening to the music; and finally create a drawing that reflects the inspiration of the musical compilation.

The “remastered” assignment asked students to explore some of the history of art in order to create a piece that borrows and adapts images from at least five well-known, two-dimensional works into “a new artistic statement,” said Epp Buller.

“Throughout history, artists have looked to those who came before them,” she said. “They have copied, borrowed, adapted, radically altered and often parodied famous art works that also served as teaching tools.”

The students could choose five drawings, paintings, prints or mixed-media works and then adapt, change and combine the chosen images to create the final drawing.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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