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Columbian artists to present ‘Through Fresh Eyes’

November 30, 2011
By Jill Gosche - Staff Writer ( , The Advertiser-Tribune

Columbian High School students are to get the opportunity to have their work displayed in a college setting this weekend.

Juniors and seniors enrolled in art investigations and senior portfolio courses are to exhibit pieces in "Through Fresh Eyes," an exhibit at The Diane Kidd Gallery in Tiffin University's Hayes Center for the Arts.

An opening reception is planned for 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, and the show is to continue through Dec. 22.

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Dylan Dunn, a Columbian High School senior, works on a linoleum carving during class at the school Monday morning.

"(I'd) love to see people come," Instructor Robert Johnston said.

Columbian students started exhibiting works at TU's gallery six years ago, and the two schools have a dual-enrollment agreement that enables students to receive college and high school credit. Johnston said the show is an outstanding opportunity for students to have their work in a professional setting.

The show is to have about 44 works of art from 23 students, he said.

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An opening reception is to be 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday at The Diane Kidd Gallery in Tiffin University's Hayes Center for the Arts. The show is to continue through Dec. 22.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by appointment by calling (419) 448-3313.

Group tours of shows are available.

"That's a record number (of pieces). ... It's a lot," he said.

This school year also marks the largest senior portfolio class Johnston ever has had.

"This is big, and they are very, very good," he said.

In August, students choose five projects to work on, and the class and teacher offer suggestions. Each piece, which is done at a college level, takes three weeks to complete.

"They can tell you everything about the artwork," Johnston said.

Johnston said the quality of the work to be in the show is outstanding, and the show will have a lot of diversity in its projects. It is to feature sculpture, painting, drawing, print-making, multi-media, photo silk screening and fashion design, including a dress made out of duct tape.

Senior Dylan Dunn is to exhibit a sculpture titled "What a Wonderful World" and a linoleum tile titled "Psychedelic."

Dunn, who estimated it took him 40 to 50 hours to make each piece, created "Psychedelic" after making a block piece last year and wanting to make a better one.

He said the name "What a Wonderful World" is satirical because it is a dark piece. The sculpture is a three-dimensional mold of his body and shows him gripping his face in agony. He said it is covered in articles about the Columbine High School shootings and former President John Kennedy's assassination.

He said the sculpture has meaning and is his favorite of the two pieces.

"It's emotional," he said.



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