Student Art Show showcases work produced during spring 2015

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Santa Rosa Junior College’s Art Department curated student art created over the Spring 2015 semester and placed it on display at the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery in Frank P. Doyle Library.

Reneta Breth, director of the Student Art Show, said the gallery is a window into the culture of the art department. The Student Art Show showcases the talent of SRJC art students and the gallery exhibits support the art curriculum. The SRJC art department offers classes in painting, drawing, design, photography (both digital and traditional), ceramics, printmaking and sculpture.

“I get a tremendous satisfaction to see gallery visitors appreciate the work on display and the high quality of presentation,” Breth said. “ For some students it is the first professional gallery they have visited – they’ll take away the set of standard we try to achieve.”

Each piece displayed lists the student’s name, course in which the work was produced, the instructor’s name and the medium. The information acquaints students with examples of work done in various art classes so they can develop an idea for the kind of assignments they can expect from instructors if they are interested in taking their classes.

Aston Grieco, 21, gallery attendant and fine arts major, said the student art gallery has been a success. “We have a lot of beautiful pieces and a lot of unique pieces of work also, which is fun, especially for student work. Which I feel most people tend to assume is going to be amateur but this show by far shows that is not at all the case,” he said.

SRJC student Alessio Toruno, 19, enjoyed seeing what SRJC has to offer and what the students were able to come up with while viewing the gallery.

SRJC student Robin Temple, 34, does not have time to take art classes but has in the past. “ I’m pretty flabbergasted by the quality in here,” Temple said.

The Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. until May 14 on the first floor of the Frank P. Doyle Library.