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March 11: Original works by three seniors on display in Hodson Gallery

Monday, March 11, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.— Original works of art by three student artists are on display March 21-31 in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center at Hood College.

The opening reception for the senior exhibitions and gallery talks by the artists will be March 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Stellina di Notte is a collection of photography by senior art student Betsy St. John. In this series, the night sky is represented through macro, or extremely close-up photography, movement of the camera and digital manipulation. Her work in inspired by astronomy, and by the 17th century Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio, who used a technique called "tenebrism," which employs a dark background with a spotlight on the action.

Michelle Holt’s Personal Artifacts is an exhibit of oil paintings that focus on the seemingly ordinary objects that define the person wearing them, but doesn't necessarily reveal the entire persona. She employs a monochromatic blue color scheme, which symbolizes sadness, and adds texture to her paintings by applying newspaper to the canvas.

Jacqueline Memenza’s display, I am Going to Die Today. Do Not Resuscitate, is a series of large-scaled charcoal drawings that personify the experience of dying through facial expressions. Her artistic focus is on the expressive elements of the human condition, and she uses live subjects as her models.

For more information about this and other exhibits at the Hodson Gallery, contact Adam Farcus, gallery curator, at