IMPERIAL – The Juanita Lowe Art Gallery opened the 4th Imperial Valley College Student Art Show Thursday afternoon for the public and the students of Imperial Valley.
The popular, annual show has grown with this yearâ€™s gallery featuring 77 pieces of art from 37 IVC students, topping the past year by at least ten pieces.Â The artwork medium ranged from painting, drawing, photography, to sculpture.
For Martin Herrera it is a way to have his artwork out in the public. â€œIâ€™m kind of nervous because I feel people might judge me, but itâ€™s an honor to put my artwork out there.â€
â€œIt gives you a chance to express yourself because thereâ€™s nowhere else here,â€ said Alba Gonzalez about the gallery.
Visitors were treated to food and drink as they walked around the show. Live music was provided by members of the IVC Guitar Quartet and directed by Dr. Van Decker. This marked the first time live music was present since the galleryâ€™s grand opening.
Seven students received $500 in art supply gift cards to stores Dick Blick and Michaels as a reward for their artwork after a blind judging by members of the gallery, Marco Vera, the curator for the Mexicali Rose Gallery, and Emmanuel Ferraes, an artist and illustrator from CSU Long Beach. Both jurors are artists and IVC alumni.
Among this yearâ€™s winners was Christine Austin, an art major student, who took away not one but four awards for each of her submitted pieces of artwork.
â€œIt feels good because I spend so much time working on the art plus so much money,â€ said Austin after winning, â€œItâ€™s just awesome to get these cards.â€
The showcase will run from Thursday April 5 to the end of the spring semester on May 8.