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Expressions of art
MEXICO- The University of Maine Mexico campus recently held a spring reception/art show to allow students in Drawing I and Painting II classes to display their works. Pat Chandler has spent the last 16 semesters instructing the drawing and painting courses at the school.
“First year students continue to amaze me with their talent,” noted Chandler. “Some have never done any art. I can't believe some of the pieces they produce. It's amazing.”
Throughout the basement of the Mexico campus, the walls were covered with drawings, oil paintings and mixed media pieces, all depicting self-portraits and various views of real and fictitious scenery. With many pieces so well done, they seemed to transport you into the painted scene. One in particular was a masterpiece created by Brandon Roberts, a 17-year-veteran of drawing. His unique, 3-D approach to drawing transported you right into the scene, mesmerizing you with the way the shadows and images jumped off the page.
Roberts noted, “It's nothing really special. I just smudge everything until I'm happy with it.”
Another student, Liz Murphy, who has been working with oil paint for the last year and a half, used mixed media to create her self portrait. “Pat has been such a great teacher. I really enjoy working in her class.”
With the use of oil paints, canvas, cardboard and roof shingles, Murphy created her expressive self-portrait, noting, “I feel it depicts my vulnerability of choosing to be an artist. It's very therapeutic for me to express my feelings and vision through my art. To be able to create studio art right here in Rumford-Mexico is very exciting to me. It's like a wish come true to see it come alive.”
Along with her self portrait, Murphy also had a painting of her grandmother in a canoe on Roxbury Pond and an image of a gray-haired man on a bench.
Murphy shared that the painting of her grandmother was the image in her mind of her fun-loving spirit and the man on the bench was actually the background of a photo she had taken at Applebee's.
“He just looked so stoic,” noted Murphy. “It's neat to create something and see what feeling you can express with it.”
As paintings and drawings jumped from their designated hangings on the walls, an older student made her presence known, Wendy Hutchins. Hutchins went back to school at 62 years of age to further her education in library science so she'll be able to tutor local children and work in the schools.
“When I was in grade school I was told I had no artistic talent. Look at me 45 years later and see what I can do.”
Hutchins pointed to her self-portrait and noted, “This is the second one I drew. The first one I finished was of me when I was eight years old. That's what I feel like. I feel young and snappy, you know, with a spark. Pat told me I had to draw a current one of myself and I had such a hard time. I feel like my portrait looks like an old woman. I just don't feel like that.”
The expression artists are able to convey through their art often times speaks louder than words and the sounds echoing throughout the college campus that day were plentiful.
For more information on classes at University of Maine at Mexico, visit http://learn.maine.edu/rumford-mexico/.