The nature of art

Employee creativity displayed

Photos by Cathie Lawrence


The annual Los Medanos College faculty and staff art show is back. With a combination of various themes and settings, this art show gives students the chance to see the artwork that the instructors have done.

“The themes vary,” said Student Gallery Assistant Ali Cameron as she explains the themes of the pieces submitted. “We do have a lot of natural, nature related pieces.”

With the opening of the art show on August 26, the artists had to have their work submitted by August 21. Between 15-20 staff members have entered pieces, and some have entered more than one. Ken Alexander, head of the art department is one of the staff members that have entered multiple pieces.

“When I paint you know, I’m basically not trying to express feelings about things,” Alexander said. “I usually paint places I’ve been, that have significance to me, it’s places that I’ve experienced, that I want to remember, so to me they’re kind of documents in my life.”

Eric Sanchez, the instructional aid for the art, drama, and journalism departments, entered a pieced based on light and architecture.

“The theme of my piece is the study of night photography and what happens with synthetic lighting and architecture spaces,” Sanchez explained.

Other faculty members that entered pieces, include art and ceramics instructor Lucy Snow and Director of Marketing and Media Design Barbara Cella. LMC students can expect a lot of uniqueness from the art show.

“When students come to learn something, they want to know if the people who are teaching them can do what they are teaching them,” Alexander said. “That’s one of the things we like to demonstrate.”

The faculty and staff art show is located in the LMC art gallery room in the library. If students are interested in meeting the artists who submitted pieces, there will be a faculty and staff art exhibition reception Thursday Sept. 4 from 9a.m. to 6p.m.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30p.m. to 2:30p.m. and reopened later from 4p.m. to 6p.m.