Art Exhibit by Rachel Miles
The Art Gallery in Olin Hall was transformed completely by the alumni art that decorated all the walls and even the spaces in between. Roanoke’s second art exhibit of the fall will be on display from October 27- November 27, 2013. Each piece is labeled with the title, the artists name and the year of their graduation from the school.
The center of the room is the setting for a model train display made by Peter Morgan in which low fire ceramic trains were set on a waist-high wooden track. Fourteen train cars carried similarly made animals like dinosaurs and giraffes, or whose titles labeled them as gold or plutonium carrying cars.
For the most part, the pieces along the walls were more two dimensional pieces, but that was not always true. There were stoneware vases and platters made by Todd Wahlstrom, two wood sapele, circular pieces which showed the imprint on one and the relief on the other of oak trees created by Benjamin Osbourned. There were two beer steins also on the furthest wall that were caricaturist depictions of Adam and of Eve. The pieces were humorously titled “It’s Your Turn to Walk The Dog” by their artist, Matt Burton. On the first wall on the right, coming off of the wall on their little perches were 25 hand crafted ceramic puffins by Peter Morgan. Each one was carefully painted with every characteristic puffin feature, and some carried one or two fish in their beaks also.
The other pieces were a mix of pen and ink pieces, panels of acrylic, digital photography, computer images, prints on rice paper, etc. The alternatives in media were extremely diverse, and the organizer of the exhibit wanted to portray as many different variations as possible. Two large oil paintings were the center of the left-center wall, one hued red and the other purple. “The Patriot” by Jonathan Murril was the one purely done in warm colors featuring a grinning man with crooked teeth, curly bangs, big glasses and behind them, eyes focused somewhere above you. It was a masterpiece truly deserving of such a central position. The leftmost wall had many different styles as well, and at the corner were too large graphite pieces done by Jessica Dehart. One was a serious woman looking down, and the other was a woman naked before a mirror. Even with no specific indications, Dehart drew into her creations the distinct air of dancers, a sought after skill in artists that she depicts perfectly.
Each piece was unique compared to the one beside it, both in medium and style. The lights on the ceiling hit each and every one, even each of the twenty-five puffins, in order to highlight the artistry in each. All of the pieces were deserving of the credit they were given.