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Talented art students showcase their work

Jeremy Chester and Alicia Graves / Mainstream

Vincent van Gogh’s quote “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart” represents the art students who presented at this year’s Umpqua Community College student art show. The time and effort is shown by the imagination and creativity of each piece of art in the show. This year hosted a number of diverse entries from drawings, paintings, ceramics, sculptures to photographs.

“It is one of the first impulses that humans have as far as communication goes; we can look back 38,000 years and see proof of that in cave painting,” said Susan Rochester, associate professor chair of fine and preforming arts, gallery director. “Students who take art class see things differently, and that is a valuable skill regardless of where you end up.”

The art show started Monday, May 11 and continues until June 5, although the art show may be extended out until June 9. Over 400 entries were received in this year’s art show which made it an especially tough job for the jurors.

The annual art show is a show case for art students at UCC who have taken at least one art class since last spring. There was a reception on Thursday, May 14 from 3-5 p.m. where three awards will be handed out to the winners of their respective category.

“When I make art, I feel at peace. If I am having a bad day, I  just go make some art,” said Epiffany Gombart an art student and entrant at UCC’s art show this year.