The Gallery at the Park celebrates students this month with a show featuring the recipients of the Allied Arts Association’s student scholarships. As a way of promoting the visual arts in our community, Allied Arts awards annual scholarships to Columbia Basin College students and students working toward a master’s degree in fine arts.
This year, scholarships went to Olivia Wells, a student at CBC, and Caitlyn Wilson, a graduate student attending the University of Washington.
Though Wells has enjoyed working in a variety of media, including photography and traditional animation, she has found her niche in oil and acrylic painting. While growing up in Prosser, she did not have specific artists or teachers guiding or influencing her and was almost completely self-taught — influenced mostly by superhero comic books.
Now, Wells has found a mentor in Tracy Walker, an associate professor at CBC. With Walker’s guidance throughout the past year, Wells has been able to improve her techniques and develop her skills as an amateur artist. She hopes to one day publish original comics or create animation. She is working toward an associate degree with an emphasis in visual arts.
Caitlyn Wilson has followed an unlikely path to where she is today, on her way to her master’s degree. She always considered herself “terrible at drawing” until her friends persuaded her to sign up for an art class during her sophomore year of college. Not long afterwards, she saw a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles featuring the works of Cy Twombly and Mark Rothko.
The influence of abstract expressionism, as well as support from friends and mentors, eventually convinced Wilson that art could be more than representational drawing, so she switched majors and took every printmaking and drawing class Austin Peay State University offered. At UW, she has been able to try her hand at different media such as acrylic paint, ink, airbrush and three-dimensional materials, and to explore the meaning of being an artist. See more of her work online at caitlynlwilson.com.
The student scholarship show will be on display at the Gallery at the Park from May 1 to May 15. The artist reception will be on May 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the gallery.
Opening on May 22 at the gallery is an exhibit called “New Horizons.” This show, which features acclaimed woodturning artists from across the United States and Canada, gives successful artists the opportunity to branch out in different directions and explore other artistic styles.
For this exhibit, the woodturners have created new works unlike anything they’ve done in the past. The purpose of “New Horizons” is to encourage innovation and discover the new ideas and concepts that emerge.
“New Horizons” will be on display from May 22 to July 1, and the reception will be on June 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. Several artists will also be doing live demonstrations.
On May 26 at 2 p.m., Pat and Karen Miller will show decoration techniques, and on June 2 at 2 p.m., Jim Christiansen will show the importance of form and detail. Learn more by visiting newhorizonswoodart.org.
Registration is now open for the 2018 children’s summer workshops. Class topics include comic-book making, watercolors, cultural art, inventive projects, paper maché, sensory art for infants and toddlers, and collages. Register online at galleryatthepark.org.
The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit the gallery at 89 Lee Boulevard near the entrance to Howard Amon Park in Richland.