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Arts Worcester Hosts 13th Annual

Alika Gillard, Living Arts Editor

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Hundreds of college students, parents, professors, and art aficionados flooded the small Arts Worcester Gallery on Friday night, as university students from all around Worcester showcased their art to the public. The event was held in a small basement, soon packed with patrons nibbling on artisan meats and cheeses, swaying to the house music that emanated from the DJ in the corner of the room. Cameras flashed and fingers pointed as people slowly meandered their way around the room.

 

Clark students were accompanied by peers from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State University, Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Worcester State University. The artwork included eclectic installments of intricate paintings, intimate photography, and a wide range of differently crafted sculptures.

The featured Clark students presented a variety of different painting styles. “Planetary Ascension” by studio art major Andre Toribio(‘17) offered layers of complex water-oil paint strokes.

 

A few paintings down the wall was the intimate artwork of Alexandra Gray (‘17): two oil-painted canvases titled “Self Portrait,” mixing deep colors together. Gray is a studio arts and women and gender studies student at Clark.

 

A photograph that stood out from others was taken by Demet Senturk (‘17). It was a photo of a woman in rural Turkey herding sheep. Senturk took the photo while visiting Serik, Turkey.

“I was visiting Aspendos, one of the ancient Roman theatres,” she said. “On the way back, I saw the woman herding the sheep and wanted to capture it as a part of my ‘Strong Women’ project.”

Senturk has several pieces of artwork in this project that accentuate the mental, physical, and emotional strength that a diverse group of women demonstrate.

“Growing up, I was in a community that oppressed women, so this is an important project for me.”

 

“Salem 2016”, a black and white photo by studio art and geography major Isabel Miranda (‘17), captured a photo of women in the infamous town of Salem, Mass.

 

There was much more artwork to be seen in the building beyond that of our classmates’. Two exhibits filled the first floor with grotesque monsters and disfigured faces. The “Monday Mosh Monsters” by Adam Cutler contained small framed drawings of imaginative creatures. On the other side of the gallery, “Faces All Around” by artist Tim Evans exhibited an abstract collection of emotive faces.

Both exhibits added to the eclectic and creative talent seen at ArtsWorcester that evening.

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