Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Paintings on display at the fall student art exhibition at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Gallery.
Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Paintings on display at the fall student art exhibition at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Gallery. (Augusta Liddic)
FARMINGTON — The San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Gallery was filled with eager attendees of the annual fall student art exhibition during its opening Friday evening.

The room was lined with still life paintings, landscapes, photographs, pottery, glass, sculptures work as varied as the students and instructors who created them.

"It's really an amazing arts program," said Cindy McNealy, gallery coordinator at the Henderson Fine Arts Center.

The arts instructors including Rod Hubble, Don Ellis, Tony Bennett and William Hatch continue to inspire students to take their creativity to new levels, McNealy said.

Ann Fourr, an adjunct faculty member in the physical therapy assistant program, is one of Ellis' students. She drew inspiration from his teaching for her gallery piece: a ceramic plate adorned with streaks of color from different metal rusts.

"He's amazing, a very gifted artist and a wonderful teacher," Fourr said. "He really challenges us to go bigger."

Another art student, Bonny Keil, is showing four pieces in the gallery including a captivating portrait of Jesus Christ called "Christ."

"It's been a fun night," she said.

Artist Shirlee Riley's piece, "Burlesque," hangs next to Keil's "Christ," standing in stark juxtaposition. "Burlesque," shows a profile view of a woman standing with one knee raised toward her waist. Her shirt is open. The painting's bright colors pop, drawing attention from across the room.


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"I like how many people come to (the fall exhibition)," Riley said.

The fall student exhibit is a non-juried show that gives all art students an opportunity to showcase their work, said drawing and painting instructor Sue Tilley. Each student has an opportunity to submit one of their pieces from that semester for display.

"It's all about the students," she said.

The exhibit also helps encourage students and attracts a growing audience each year, said photography instructor Bennett, as more people come to see their friends' and family members' work.

The 2012 fall student art exhibit will be on display at the Henderson Fine Arts Gallery until Dec. 7.

For more information on the exhibit or on the gallery, contact Cindy McNealy at 505-566-3464 or email mcnealyc@sanjuancollege.edu