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Self portraits created by students in Art 301


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Display by: Students of Art 301
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Bloodroot: Transcending Paradigms of Domination and Greed is a collaborative work of sculpture and poetry by English Department students, Justin Alexander and George Daneri on display in Western Libraries through April.


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Display by: Justin Alexander and George Daneri
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Cocoon Sculpture Installation, a rendering of plastic bags as a sculpture, as something arresting to stop and view, subverts the idea that these bags are merely trash; it is a statement about sustainability through reuse of an object but more importantly it is a statement of beauty.

View now in the Haggard Atrium until June 4, 2011.

Artist:  Michaela Snow (Fairhaven student)
Production Credit: Colin Pleasants


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Display by: Michaela Snow
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Created by Danny Soloff, a Fairhaven student interested in the systems theory of ecology, Mandala of Oneness  is a collaborative art project inspired for the Western Oneness! Event. This exhibit is a gathering to celebrate community and unity. It’s message is to “genuinely express our identities and to accept and appreciate the diversity in our community.”  This project welcomes the participation of passersby, who can write their comments on the displayed material Danny has constructed.


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Display by: Danny Soloff, Fairhaven student
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The theme of the group show is “My Community” and seeks to stretch the sense of the word from the small to the large, from family and friends, pets, being online, favorite places, landmarks in your memory to hometown, a different country or the world.  Students from area high schools, including Ferndale, Winward and Sehome, participated.


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Display by: Students from Art History 308
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Nine pastel paintings of trout and salmon by the acclaimed illustrator and artist Tommy Brayshaw are now on exhibit in Gallery 1. An artist and conservationist, Brayshaw was trained as a draftsman in his native Yorkshire, England and emigrated to British Columbia in 1920. Although active as a woodcarver and sculptor, it was his illustrations published in the 1947 revision of Roderick Haig-Brown’s classic The Western Angler that brought him fame. He subsequently drew hundreds of pastel paintings of salmon and trout for friends and admirers and sold them through local galleries. They capture the elusive quality of movement in water and balance anatomical accuracy with artistic composition. Tommy Brayshaw’s focus was always on the fish itself. The pieces exhibited were donated to Special Collections by the McKenzie Flyfishers of Eugene, Oregon and curated by Tamara Belts. This exhibit is flanked by two displays related to fly fishing. One shows a number of bamboo fly fishing rods, among them one made by Tommy Brayshaw, which hints at his wood carving bent. The other highlights literature on “Images from the waters” taken from the Paul and Mary Ann Ford Fly Fishing Collection. Items in both displays are housed in Special Collections.


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This exhibit showcases the fiction and nonfiction writing of freshmen in Viking Launch, Western’s early fall start program. These students have selected images they have discovered within public archives and then responded to them through prose. They have then combined their writing with the image to create individual and powerful posters printed in the Student Technology Center. These posters are now on exhibit in Gallery 2 of the Library.


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Lauren McClanahan took these 26 photos during the past summer while she traveled with the delegation establishing formal relations between Bellingham and her new sister city of Tetserleg, Mongolia. They document the lives and surroundings of nomadic culture in the area. All proceeds from this show will go to the blue Sky Education Project, which provides scholarships to nomadic children so they can attend public school.


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Display by: Lauren McClanahan
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Laura Converse is a young artist working out of Bellingham. She creates stylized and surreal art, making use of jarring colors, jagged lines, and sharp contrasts as a way of expressing the tension she perceives in the world around her. This collection of works includes some of her pieces that focus on the human condition as she sees it.

To contact her for more information or about purchasing art, e-mail laura.a.converse@gmail.com or call 509-393-1055. To see her entire body of work, visit lauraconverse.shutterfly.com.


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Display by: Laura Converse

Community artist Melissa Terszakowec has on exhibit 3 paintings which focus on “negative” spaces and “positive” forms. The task she set herself with each of these works was to create a singular entity, not just a subject with a background, and through this balance offer a scene of serenity. Her method was to paint each canvas black, then add white to create the foundation of the spaces around and between, and lastly add the color.


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Display by: Melissa Terszakowec
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