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WCJC students showcase original pieces during spring art show

Wharton County Junior College art student Paul Easton of Plaquemine, La., works on a landscape as he prepares for the college’s upcoming art show, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. The exhibit is free of charge and will remain open to the public until the close of the spring semester.

If there’s one thing Wharton County Junior College freshman Paul Easton has learned from his art classes, it’s how to transform a blank canvas into a vivid expression of his own unique world view.

“I’ve learned so much about painting and how to really get my vision down on the canvas,” said Easton, a Louisiana native. “I’m excited about the prospect of getting my work out there for everyone to see.”

WCJC Art Instructor Dianne Curtis loves to see such excitement. Each semester she hosts an art show to give students a chance to share their talents with the public and build the confidence it takes to pursue a career as a professional commercial artist or a fine artist.

The spring art show will run from Monday, May 2, until Friday, May 13, in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus.

“The art show is the culmination of all of the hard work that the students have done both in class and on their own time,” Curtis said. “We have some amazingly gifted artists at WCJC, and not all of them are art majors or even enrolled in an art class. You don’t have to be an art major to be a good art student.”

One of Curtis’s pupils isn’t a full-time college student yet. Wharton resident Lianna Selensky is a homeschool student who signed up for an art class to gain a better understanding of the rigors of college coursework.

She plans to enroll at WCJC as a freshman this fall.

“I wanted something I was comfortable with before I jumped into history, math and other classes,” Selensky said. “I have always loved art and someday plan to be a special effects artist.”

Houston native Shontavious Kemp is a freshman art major who has learned the finer points of sketching and painting this semester. Her plans are to use her skills in graphic design or the advertising field.

“I really want to put my art out there,” she said.

Students who contributed pieces to the spring art show will have their work judged by WCJC faculty volunteers. The top three winners will receive scholarships for WCJC art classes. Curtis believes it’s important to help students defray costs as they pursue their interest in art.

“We want to help them in any way that we can,” she said.

The spring art show will be on display beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the hallway of the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. The exhibit will be on display until May 13. The show is free of charge and open to the public.

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