The annual Fine Arts Faculty exhibition includes a variety of works of art in a wide range of media. The exhibit provides a look at the aesthetic and educational philosophies advocated by El Camino Art Department and demonstrates an array of concepts and techniques currently characteristic of the art world.
The majority of the works in the gallery are grounded in an academic approach to art study and training. Represented in the exhibition are traditional oil on canvas paintings by Beverly Bledsoe, Camille Cornelius, Tom Kidd, Winston Marshall, Binh Ngo, Brett Osborn, and Randall von Bloomberg; acrylic paintings by Craig Antrim, Jack King, Susanna Meiers, Michael L. Miller, and Harrison Storms; and watercolor paintings by Peggy Marsh-Ames, Linda Busch, Rodman de la Cruz, Lawrence Klepper, and Mary Hackett-Konicek. Varied approaches to drawing in the exhibit include graphite on paper drawings by William Pupa; pastel combined with acrylic in the monumental landscape of Carson Gladson; and mixed media drawings by Rosalyn Mesquita. Medora Wildenberg presents elegant etchings while Caroline Blake shows Beautiful 2-D glass constructions.
The computer arts area of the department is well represented by intriguing ink-jet images by Joyce Dallal and Robin Valle. Additionally, Jim Dowdalls shows complex Photoshop/blueprint drawings with acrylic and Mark Robert Lewis presents his stunning video work.
Besides the familiar technique of black and white photographic printing represented in beautiful images by Susan Einstein and Darilyn Rowan, the exhibition includes other methods of photographic printing such as sensitive ink-jet prints by Michael Quinn and enigmatic landscapes by Robert Dalton. Additionally, Sandra Trepasso presents saturated color prints.
The exhibition also includes a cross section of 3-dimensional techniques taught in the department-sumptuous jewelry fabrications by Tina Chambers, Irene Mori, and David Patterson.; mixed media constructions by Russell McMillin and Terry O'Donnell, while Laurel Paley presents her energetic mixed media installation The Longest Potholder (ongoing/viewer participatory). Fascinating veiled figures by Susan Elizalde-Holler, handsome cup and plate by Neil Moss and bombastic mixed media sculpture w/clay by David Parsons demonstrate an enormous breadth of approaches to clay. James Russell's Pioneer Spirit, originally a model for a much larger public work of art, demonstrates not only the diverse possibilities of the world of art, but the diversity of the Art Department Faculty at El Camino College.