Seniors put their best foot forward in art exhibit

PLAINVIEW – Three seniors from Wayland Baptist University are joining forces for the final art exhibit of the spring semester in the Abraham Art Gallery.

Lara Manley, Jennifer Parrish and Doug Shelton will be displaying their work in an exhibit running through May 2 in the gallery, located in the lower level of the Mabee Learning Resources Center. A reception for the trio is planned for April 28 at 6 p.m. in the gallery and the atrium area, with refreshments served. The public is invited to attend and meet the young artists.

Manley is the daughter of Don and Beverly Manley of Plainview. Her show, titled “Illumination,” consists of acrylic and watercolor paintings, chalk drawings, photography and multimedia pieces. Manley’s work focuses on the quiet beauty of everyday things and the subtlety of noticing details.

During her time at Wayland, Manley has earned the Ted Bell Memorial Art Award and the award for Outstanding Student in Art, and was a runner-up for Homecoming Queen. She was also a finalist in a national photo competition and earned a second-place award in the Plains Art Association Spring Show.

Manley will graduate April 30 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in art and minoring in mass communications.

Parrish, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., is also earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in art and minoring in Spanish. She is the daughter of Janice Parrish of Albuquerque.

Her portion of the show includes pencil drawings, acrylic and watercolor paintings, collages and sculptures. An artist from a young age, Parrish prefers painting and drawing and putting items together in collage. She enjoys artwork involving portraits and human faces.

She plans to pursue a career in computer graphic design.

Shelton, a native of Albuquerque as well, is the son of Ira and Diane Shelton of Quemado, N.M. He will graduate April 30 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education, minoring in art.

“Art is something I’ve always enjoyed,” said Shelton, who plans to pursue a career in youth ministry. “Before I came to Wayland, all I ever did was draw, but now I enjoy all types of art, including sculpture, photography and painting.”

Shelton’s show, titled “the flip side,” consists of primarily photography and photo illustrations created using Adobe Photoshop software. Shelton is also exhibiting some sculptures and ink drawings on non-traditional surfaces.

Shelton noted that his pieces will be for sale, joking that “we’re offering authentic art at bargain basement prices. I’m graduating and getting married and I need the money.”

All three students had work on display at the Lubbock Arts Festival, held April 15-17, in the first Schools of West Texas Gallery. A total of 50 pieces, the work of approximately 20 Wayland students, were included in the show.

“We got a lot of good comments on it, and people were impressed with the work,” said Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art.

The senior art exhibit is open during regular gallery hours: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, and from 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free.