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Annual exhibit is campus art tradition


The Weatherford College Spring Art Exhibit continues to broaden the categories and varieties of entries to the annual event. The Alkek Fine Arts Center featured works in oil, pencil, pastel, and ink, as well as 3D modeling, digital printing, and collage.

Patrons observed entries ranging from four-foot backlit clasping hands to miniature cardboard models in the May 2 event. Honors were presented to the artists after the show.

Brigette Ruiz is a Weatherford High School graduate in her second semester of art at the college. Her contribution is a pencil self-portrait.

“I have been drawing for as long as I can remember,” Ruiz said of her favorite medium, pencil sketching. “A self portrait is challenging because you only have a one-dimensional photo or a mirror to refer to. It is harder than you would think.”

Digital media artist Josh Collins of Stephenville visited the event in support of a friend, art student Aubrie Freeze. Collins purchased Freeze’s art entry and recalled the first time he was paid for his own work and wanted to pass that feeling to his friend.

“I remember how it felt the first time I got paid for my work,” Collins said. “After years of training and improving it was so awesome to get paid for some of my work.”

This is the fourth year art director Rebecca James has overseen the event.

“The students can work toward earning an associate degree in art, which can be used if they transfer to another college for a Bachelor of Fine Art,” James said.


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