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Students Exhibit Artwork Connected Through Narrative

Drawing Tales Student Art Show

The “Drawing Tales” art show will open on Friday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. in the Weaver Gallery in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center. The event is free and attendees will have a chance to win a free self-portrait or family portrait drawn by senior visual arts major Stacy Lamb.

The show will be dedicated to Rayna DoBrodt, a former Bethel College student from Mishawaka, Ind., who died in an auto accident in July. Guests are welcome to make donations in DoBrodt’s memory to Creative Goodness, with Chasing Rain Foundation in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to 55855 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

“Drawing Tales” will feature student art completed during Bethel’s spring 2014 drawing II class. Associate Professor of Art Katharine Schmidt said that the class focused on portraiture and figure, eventually putting pieces together to create a narrative. Beginning with skull studies and work on shading, students then worked up to portraits, eventually progressing to anatomy and figure studies and placing those figures in context with other objects. Schmidt eventually told the class she wanted them to tell a story together with their art.

Students Mike Armstrong, Sam Blayee, Rachael Coad, Emily Maceda Leon, Emily Peacock, Mary Pottenger and Hannah Reinke from the drawing II class will be exhibiting their artwork in the show.

"This show is significant to me because it allows me to share a piece of my life with not only my classmates, who have seen my drawing progress from a blank page to an intimate story, but also to my peers and those who come to interact with this piece,” says Leon. “I hope to not only share this drawing with viewers, but I also hope to move them to think deeply about their time in this life and the next.”