Gallery hosts Art Show

April 5, 2012

PLAINVIEW – The Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University will host the senior practicum art show for four seniors. A reception for the artists will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in atrium of the Mabee Learning Resources Center.

Seniors Kate Trejoy and Tatiana Gonzales of Bogota, Colombia, Ashley Woodall from Carencro, La., and Gilberto Reyes of the Dominican Republic, will have their artwork on display. The practicum represents the first solo gallery exhibition as an art professional for these students. They are required to produce new works and prepare artworks representative of their best efforts during their studies at Wayland. The artists design and distribute all publicity and promotional material under the supervision of Dr. Candace Keller, professor and curator of art.

Trejos came the United States four years ago on a volleyball scholarship. She transferred to Wayland two years ago to play for the Pioneers. She has used her education to expand her knowledge of art and create, experiment and investigate different medias and approaches.

“Although a large part of my work is done in two dimensions through paintings, drawings and digital impressions, I have also represented experimental sculpture,” Trejos said in a statement. “The pieces speak about emotions and the pure pleasure of observing them as an art piece.”

Gonzalez, a teammate and friend of Trejos, also came to the U.S. on a volleyball scholarship. Gonzalez draws from her culture to influence her artistic works.

“I consider art as a communication media,” She says. “For this reason one of my major objectives as an artist is to be able to awaken in people the desire to discover new things, to learn about other cultures and comprehend that the world is more than just what is around them.”

Gonzalez is most interested in drawing, illustration and animation.

Reyes, who came to Wayland to play baseball, draws from his Dominican culture to influence his artwork.

“I believe that my culture is reflected in my work with the colors and concepts that I show,” Reyes said. “I like to push my work and my concept as deep as I can, with illustrations and photography.”

Reyes said his main goal is to use art to evoke emotion.

Woodall came to Wayland three years ago to pursue a fine arts degree and play soccer for the Pioneers. Coming from Louisiana Woodall says that she is inspired by the colorful environment around her.

“Bringing a drawing to life with color and movement is exciting,” she said. “What I want to express is the soul’s truth of the scene, the emotion it stirs up in me and the surrealism of color I see within the scene.”

The artists’ works will be on display in the Abraham Art Gallery through May 2.