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March 19: Seniors display paintings, cut paper collages, photos

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Original works by three student artists will be on display April 2-13 in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center at Hood College.

The reception for the senior exhibitions and artists' gallery talks is April 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Abandon is a collection of oil paintings by senior art student Dasha Kern. Her paintings depict colorful skies contrasted with monochromatic landscapes, which represent a willingness to leave behind religious faith. She uses a dry brush technique to further enhance the abandonment theme. Her work in inspired by theological studies, observations and personal experiences.

Kern, a studio arts and religion major, resides in New Market, Md.

Cut magazine paper that has been layered and pasted onto wooden boards comprises the colorful scenes in Sacha van Wagenberg's exhibit, Grown-up. The collages are the artist's interpretation of one's journey into adulthood, and express personal and universal concepts of growing up. She uses literal and abstract imagery to depict different stages in the journey to adulthood and to portray connections between her imagined and actual adult self.

The Baltimore resident earned an associate degree in studio art from Camosun College in British Columbia.

Melissa Seymour's photo exhibit, By Our Hands, features large-scale photographs of hands engaged in a creative process. The inspiration for these photos came from her experiences in numerous crafts—knitting, sewing, painting and sculpting—and illustrates a link between hands and art.

Seymour, who earned an associate degree in fine arts at Frederick Community College, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in art and archaeology with a concentration in photography.

For more information about this and other exhibits at the Hodson Gallery, contact Adam Farcus, gallery curator, at farcus@hood.edu.