Lockney art students to showcase work at WBU after fire displaces annual show

Release Date: May 4, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – A January fire may have temporarily displaced students at Lockney High School, but it did not quench their artistic talents. Unfortunately, it did erase the venue typically used to display student work.

Due to those circumstances, the show featuring the work of senior art students and others of Lockney art teacher Donna Webb will be on exhibit in the Abraham Art Galley at Wayland Baptist University, opening Tuesday, May 5 and running through May 11. A reception for the students will be held Thursday, May 7, from 6-8 p.m.

According to Webb, the gallery was a perfect answer to a dilemma caused by the fire.

“We typically have our art show in the school library or in the hallways,” said Webb, a 2005 graduate of Dr. Candace Keller’s art program at WBU who is in her fourth year as teacher at Lockney High and Lockney Junior High. “We had nowhere to hold the show this year, and we weren’t able to compete in several competitions, like the annual Scholastic Show (also in January), so Dr. Keller graciously allowed us to use the gallery.”

With Wayland’s senior art show just taken down and the Plains Art Association show a few weeks away, gallery curator Keller said there was a narrow window for the Lockney show, but she felt the need to accommodate the students who had lost so much and were displaced.

Webb said while the fire did not completely destroy the art department at LHS – thanks in great part to a fire-safe door separating the wing from the main structure that was a total loss – the water and smoke meant she and students could not return to the room until after spring break. They continued working in the school’s alternate locations, with all but one piece being salvaged from the fire. To that end, they’ve titled the show “Out of the Ashes 2009.”

The students’ work reflects their usual assignments using their own creative take on the themes Webb presents. She said a few pieces reflect her students’ takes on the fire and the aftermath, though mainly the underlying theme is their resilience. Still, the incident which shook the community weaves its way into the artists.

“I use art as a stress reliever, and I find it to be very calming,” said Aura Rodriguez, a senior who is in her second year of art at LHS. “I am currently working on a painting of my school before the fire, which I will auction off to help the art department.”

Robert Webb, a freshman in his third year of art classes, said the fire impacted him greatly as well, stating, “Seeing how it affected other artists has enabled me to see art in a different perspective.”

Senior Johnathan Grant noted that his artwork reflects parts of his life, from good to bad, and he has enjoyed translating his experiences to canvas in his two years of art classes at LHS.

Along with these, seniors Jessie Peralez, Cynthia Zavala, Savannah Ascencio, Augustine Ascencio, Derek DeLeon and Kyler Ellison will be featured in the show, along with advanced art students Maria Castorena, Patricia Rios and Oscar Gonzales.

Other students to be featured include: Robert Webb, Jonathan Sustaita, Josue Silva, Amber Segovia, Nicole Thompson, Erica Marmelejo, Crystal Sanchez, Andrew Raissez, Jonathan Molina, Chris Franco, Josh Armstrong, Carly Riojas, Emilio Guerra, Stephanio Ontiveros, Alexandra Salazar, Molly Cazares, Jessica Pena, Eduardo Solis, Blake Milstead, Daniela Moya, Logan Edwards, Steven Gonzales, Scarlet Hernandez, Tyler House, Chris Luna, Kat Araujo, Cassandra Ascencio, William Means, Stephanie Mejia and Aaron Salazar.

The show is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours. For more information, contact the Abraham Gallery at 291-3710.