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Wednesday, June 11, 2003
DBCC students display artwork
By CARLA BROOKE
BUNNELL — The Artists´ Gallery Limited in Bunnell presented a reception on June 1 honoring the participants in its exhibit, "Beyond the Text: Hands On Art Experiences."
A Palm Coast grant is helping The Gargiulo Art Foundation sponsor the exhibit through June 29.
College students from the Flagler/Palm Coast Campus of Daytona Beach Community College who participated were: Richard Bosman, Sofia Boudko, Kim Collaro, Curtis Courtney, Ryan Emery, Seth Gerber, James Gretzinger, Allison Hunter, Carol Norton, Kim Okrenuk, Kara Pound, Susan Santry, Linda Snow, Beth Smith, Ken Sweeters and Jon Wilder.
Each of these students received a certificate of appreciation, signed by Tom Gargiulo of the Gargiulo Art Foundation, for their participation.
Victoria Swann, president of the Millennium Art Guild, said she was happy to see the examples of artwork turned in by members of Peter Cerreta´s art appreciation class, as their final art project in lieu of the usual research paper.
"These students were encouraged to take risks in creating their art. They did just that by using a variety of methods and media that enticed you to continue to view the others on display in this exhibit, as you became curious to see more."
Cerreta offered his students the opportunity to take a "hands on" approach to culminate their studies during the semester.
Beth Smith, whose carved coquina rock sculpture, "Fish Outa Water," is on display, said her mother inspired her.
"It was only natural that I found my interest in carving as an art form since my mother is a wood carver," Smith said. "I wanted to look into a different media more because of her influence. I loved the class and looked forward to going. Mr. Cerreta is very enthusiastic which makes you enthusiastic."
Graphic design student Curtis Courtney said he enjoyed working on the art project. He described his piece titled "Pendulum," as a graphic of the RomanColiseum: "Television viewers today watch shows such as ´Survivor´ and ´American Idol,´ in which people are belittled or even hurt. This is similar to what happened in the Coliseum way back in the past."
Jon Wilder and Allison Hunter said they enjoyed the freedom to try their hands at something different. Hunter designed a quilt as a symbolic wish for her 3-year-old sister to express religion, happiness and love.
"I am extremely proud of these students who are representative of many others in my classes," Cerreta said during the reception.