Students exhibit artwork in Lubbock venues

LUBBOCK – Two Wayland Baptist University students will have their artwork on display in Lubbock during September, one in a month-long exhibit and one in a special one-day showing.

David Laviolette-Bondt, a student at the Lubbock Campus of Wayland, will have his colorful works on display at La Diosa Cellars, located at 901 17th Street in downtown, through Sept. 30.

Megan Wimberley, a senior art student at the Plainview Campus and a native of Millsap, will display her photography and other artwork at Cap Rock Winery on Friday, Sept. 19, from 6-9 p.m. The show titled “Everyday Esoterica” will also feature live music by Van Darien, a singer from Weatherford.

Laviolette-Bondt is a native of Prince Edwards Island, Canada, where he lived and worked on the family dairy farm. He attended college in Medicine Hart, Canada, then moved to Ireland, where he volunteered with the L’arche community. There, he met and married a Texan, then moved to Lubbock a year ago.

He calls art his hobby, and he is pursuing a teaching degree at Wayland. Introduced to art by a New York abstract artist who was his neighbor as a young man, Laviolette-Bondt took lessons from the artist. It was then that painting became an integral part of his life.

“When I immerse myself in art, it becomes a meditative process. I use art as a way to strive to achieve balance, and I enjoy using color and designs that arise spontaneously,” he said. “I thank God for my gift of creativity and the ability to use painting as a way to relax, meditate and pray.”

Laviolette-Bondt said he finds his inspiration for his pieces, most of which are acrylic, from nature, stemming from his childhood on the farm and life by the sea.

Wimberley has a double major in religion and plans to build her art clientele to use in relational ministry. She does paintings, drawings and photography.

“I hope to use my art to reach people who would normally be turned off by religious legalism,” said Wimberley. “For most of my work, a lot of stuff just pops into my head, and I don’t always know where it comes from.”

“There are definitely undertones (in my work) of the simplicity of things in life as well as some dealing with humanitarian issues,” she added, noting her painting of a Dalmatian that shows the simple beauty in nature. “I think sometimes people walk right by the obvious beauty of everyday things like the patterned swirl of tree bark.”