Journeys, the 5th Annual Regis University Student Art Show continues into December for another First Friday experience not to be missed.
Olivia Johnson is only one of several students who are flexing their creative wings at this year’s annual show. For Olivia art was very instinctive for her. “My kindergarten teacher told my mom that I should be in art classes,” smiles Olivia, “and I’ve been creating some sort art ever since.”
“My focus is printmaking but as of lately I’ve been gravitating toward mixed medium pieces,” states Olivia. “Having the skill isn’t enough. You need to be creative. Creativity is just as, if not more important than mastering technique.”
While Journey’s is the theme for this show, Olivia’s focus of her art challenges religious and cultural myths while also asking the audience to question the importance that is placed on celebrity.
Philosophies for work, family and life are all interpreted differently for each of us. Olivia’s approach is; “Work, we don’t always have the luxury to do exactly what it is that makes us happy, but we should at least try and find the time to incorporate it into whatever we do. Even if only minimally. Family is a precious thing that has potential to grow throughout the entire lifespan, while most other aspects of like diminish over time. Family does not have to be blood, but rather a collection of people who provide you with the unconditional support.” And when it comes to life, Olivia smiled and stated, “Life, I haven’t decided what I think about life yet.”
The Journey the students have been taking is into the electronic imaging and exploring the technology advances that have been occurring in the art industry.
When asked what the most difficult challenges of the art industry is, Anna Sepe answered, “Creating something new and unique that holds some meaning and purpose to you, creating your concept. It’s easy to play around and create pieces that may not mean anything to the artist. I think it’s awesome that I can create so many pieces and play around, but it can also inhibit me from creating something that I find meaningful.”
When approaching life, work and family Anna shared this; “My philosophy for life is always a work in progress. As of now, it’s to treat people the way you would like to be treated. Enjoy the simple things, appreciate everything and don’t think so much,” smiles Anna and continues, “I think it is important to have a good work ethic, to be committed and thorough in what you do, and to care about what you do. If you have the opportunity to work in an industry that you are passionate about, than don’t take it for granted. If you don’t, then you should work toward that. Family is so incredibly important; it’s where your values stem from. Never forget how important and supportive your family is.”
Last month while making the rounds, hitting several First Friday Art Receptions including the Regis Student show, I can understand why the show was held over for a second month, it is thought provoking.
Patrick Oakes concept and approach to the Journey’s theme is entirely different, utilizing salvaged industrial material while incorporating the techniques of printmaking. Using Intalgio and relief prints, with his most recent works including digital printing on tyvack.
“I love using unconventional as well as salvaged materials in my work as a way to find beauty in discarded materials. I am enjoying this new medium and already planning on ways to incorporate it into my new prints,” smiles Patrick.
Please join Judy Gardner, Instructor at Regis University and her students for Journeys at Tenn. Street Coffee, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., First Friday, December 6th at 4418 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO.
There is no time like the present to become an art collector. Just listen and the art will speak to you, and then you won’t be able to live without it.
Congratulations to the all the participating Students of Regis for an extended show.