KPC's spring student art exhibit full of life

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2000

The vibrant artwork in the campus gallery at Kenai Peninsula College fits this season of rebirth.

The Spring 2000: Kenai Peninsula College Student Exhibition is alive with moving lines, muscular figures and splashy color. Even photographs of inanimate objects such as buildings and driftwood have a crisp immediacy and soaring feel.

The pieces, all by current semester art students at the campus, use a variety of media and approaches.

"It's kind of a nice cross section of our art offerings," said arts instructor Gary Freeburg, who organized the show.

The quality is uneven, but quite high overall. Students' control of the human form and manipulations of light and color show good instinct -- or perhaps well-honed study with fine teachers. These are students who have the confidence to experiment and take risks.

It's kind of a nice cross

section of our art offerings.

--Gary Freeburg,

Kenai Peninsula College

arts instructor

It is difficult to pick favorites from such a strong and diverse offering.

Clarice Kipp's graphite drawing "Standing Nude" occupies a place of honor in the gallery opposite the main door. The artist has mastered her technique enough to achieve illusions of three-dimensions and warm skin using only the subtleties of shading.

Another outstanding female nude is Lynda K. Smith's oil pastel "Days of Abuse." The combination of the passive, peaceful pose of the figure and the edgy, unnatural colors generate a tension for the viewer, accented by brilliant red highlights along the spine.

Others make bold use of color as well in pastels and paintings displayed.

Karen Ottenbreit's "Sunflowers" features bright dabs of paint reminiscent of impressionists. Juanita Hillhouse's "The Colored Foxes" and Ida Cockroft's "Clyde and the Girls" are playful renditions of animals from a rainbow bestiary.

The black-and-white photographs are all well-rendered and professionally displayed, with command of line, shadow and darkroom technique. Especially impressive are a series of architectural pictures, including Judy Brandt's images of ancient Italian landmarks and Jan Brookman's modern and whimsically named "Windows 2000."

The show has so many good pieces that it spills out of the gallery into the hallway display cases.

A standout there is the ceramic "Untitled Vessel" by Marisol Tapia. The earth-toned, hand-built vase seems to be built of a writhing mass of worms or serpents, yet its overall effect is more intriguing than repulsive.

The students in the exhibit have made particularly impressive use of colors and the female form.


"Stampeding Geese," an acrylic by Karen Ottenbreit

Photo by Jay Barrett

The exhibit will remain on display through May 3.

The gallery is open to the public in the Brockel Building at the Soldotna Campus Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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