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Senior Art Show on display in Vardell Gallery

Senior Artist Reception scheduled for Thursday

Laurinburg, N.C. - The St. Andrews Presbyterian College 2011 Senior Art Show is hanging in the Vardell Gallery through the end of the academic year featuring the works of Leah Davison, Matthew Johnson, Patrick Osborne and Marie Savage.

"We have a different schedule this year due to the way Easter fell on the calendar," said Stephanie McDavid, professor of art. "In the past we have opened the show during alumni weekend but with that event coming two weeks earlier than in the past we decided to move the event back."

While the show is already hanging in the gallery for public viewing between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Artist Reception event will take place on Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. It will serve as the culminating event for the four young artists.

"I have been interested in art since I was younger, but I had only taken a few art classes in high school, all of them being in some sort of 3-D design," said Davison, a business major. "I knew that in college I wanted to take a couple courses, but at St. Andrews it turned into an art minor because I loved the courses so much. The art program allowed me to learn techniques and apply them to my art. I have grown so much as an artist, not only because of the studio classes, but in the Art History and Seminar in Modern art classes that I got to learn about other artists."

Johnson also found his art calling at an early age. "I started with architecture. I was fascinated with buildings and shapes. It was how I see and interpret different styles and how they are exhibited. I applied to a lot of places when I was looking for a college, but it was St. Andrews that called me back. It is a small institution that is close knit classroom wise."

Johnson decided on an art major, finding a strong kinship with the painting opportunities.

"I started with drawing but I find that you can add texture and value with the paint," he said. "I find you can bring so much more with the paints on a sheet of paper."

Davison has found a similar feeling with paint."My preferred medium is acrylic paint because it allows me to portray my emotions more than any other medium I have tried," she said. "I can blend colors on or off the canvas and to me there's no better feeling than to finish a painting and be able to give it to someone to admire."

In preparing for the show, Davison focused on a new project.

"I had never done a series of paintings before so I knew in the beginning of the semester, that's what I wanted to do," she said. "I didn't know that I had the opportunity to show these paintings in the Senior Art Show until later, but I knew that they would be perfect to put in because they represent everything that I have learned these past four years."

Selecting the pieces for inclusion was a more complicated process for Johnson. "As you grow as an artist, you change," he said. "Different interests appeal to you. Almost all of the pieces are my current work but I have gone back to different phases to build upon to get to where I am now."

The show will hang in the gallery until graduation on May 7. As for the plans of the artists beyond that point, Johnson is still working things out.

"I am always going to be painting," he said. "I am working on finding something that will jump start the bill paying process."

For Davison, things are a bit clearer.

"After I graduate, I will be going to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, near my hometown, to study New Product Development because I plan to have a business of my own one day, designing equestrian clothing and making custom western show jackets."

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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