Trio of art majors sharing Abraham Gallery space 

April 14, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Three art majors at Wayland Baptist University are sharing the space in the Abraham Family Art Gallery for their senior practicum art show titled “Los Three Artesanos.”

Seniors Whitney Bryant, Jonathan Davis and Doanh Sanders each bring to the gallery their own talents in the form of works created during their time at Wayland. The show runs through May 2 and is open to the public. A reception for the trio will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

Bryant, a native of Amarillo who also played for the Pioneer Volleyball team, is also a religion minor who likes to work in graphic design. Her future plans include pursuing a master’s degree in special effects, and she’d like to work in the graphics and technology effects field. Her part of the show reflects a variety of media, all which share her heart and philosophy about creating.

“Art inspires the world to be daring,” she said. “Art, to me, is being able to create something that reflects how I feel, what I am doing, who I am or want to be, and what my favorite things are. I can be anything or anyone. It is a way to discover what is hidden deep in my heart, mind and soul.”

Bryant said she sees art as an escape from life’s turmoil and the window of opportunity for creativity and inspiration to others.

Davis is a native of Lamesa who is minoring in English. He likes to work with airbrush and in pen and ink, enjoying cartooning and drawing above all.  His future aspirations are to write and illustrate comic books, and he also hopes to pursue graduate level work in the art field.

“I was largely inspired to start drawing because of cartoons and comic books,” Davis said. “I did not focus on drawing or art in general until I graduated high school and rediscovered my love of comic books through web-comics. My first sketches were crude depictions of me and my friends in odd situations playing out our lives.

“My art is rarely a depiction of what I see in real life; many times it is a version of something I have seen or desire to see.”

Sanders is a Plainview native minoring in Spanish. Though artwork is an enjoyable passion, she would like to work with the local Mental Health/Mental Retardation agency. She enjoys working in pastels and also has several pieces of jewelry in the exhibit. She will graduate in May and plans to marry on June 4. She said her work reflects the beauty she sees around her.

“I have lived in the same area of the country all my life. When I was given the chance to travel to different countries to see what they have to offer in the form of God’s beauty, I had to take the chance,” Sanders said. “As I returned home, I have tried hard to recreate some of my memories from the many different trips. I like to think that I have given others the opportunity to see God’s beauty through my artwork.

“Some of the pictures may seem the same, but with every variation of an image, different aspects of the beauty shine through the pieces.”

“The senior practicum show represents the first solo exhibition on the artists’ resumes and allows students of art to be involved in all aspects of the exhibition process,” explained Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art and curator of the Abraham Gallery. “Exhibition design, publicity, installation, and critical evaluation are all part of the experience. Students also create a professional portfolio and resume which will help them in application for graduate studies or art career fields.” 

All three have work in the newest art department calendar, which will be available at the reception on April 21.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular hours of the Learning Resources Center, which houses the gallery in its lower level: 10-5 Monday through Thursday, 10-4 Friday and 2-5 Saturday. For more information, call the gallery at (806) 291-3710.