CBC’s Student & Faculty Art Exhibition open to public

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Members of the community and surrounding areas are invited to attend the gallery opening for the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Student & Faculty Art Exhibition on Wednesday, November 18. The exhibit will take place in the Simon Michael Art Gallery, which is located inside of the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building at CBC Beeville.

Student artwork that is displayed in the CBC Student & Faculty Art Exhibition will be available for purchase. The student art sale will be conducted from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Simon Michael Art Gallery. A gallery talk featuring both student and faculty artists will take place at 11:30 a.m. with a reception immediately following.

The CBC Student & Faculty Art Exhibition will close on Thursday, December 3. For more information about CBC’s Student & Faculty Art Exhibition, please contact CBC’s Professor of Art Jayne Duryea at (361) 354-2322 or via email at duryeaj@coastalbend.edu.

Elizabeth Payne Exhibit: October 24-November 20, 2012

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The Coastal Bend College Visual Arts department is excited to announce the “Elizabeth Payne: People and Places” exhibit inside the Simon Michael Art Gallery of the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Payne will be showcasing 53 paintings of portraits and images from New York, California, and Texas. The exhibit will premiere on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 with a reception at10:30 a.m., and a gallery talk at 1:30 p.m. that is open to the general public.

Payne received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in New York, New York. Her art career spans many decades, and her work has been featured in many museum exhibits across the country such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Phoenix Gallery in San Francisco, and the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi.

She also has a large portfolio of work inspired by the cities she’s lived in. During her time living in New York City, Payne stopped painting abstractions and started a series of paintings titled “The Four Seasons.” The paintings reflected the various changes in the seasons from the windows of her New York City apartment. Now as a Texas resident, she’s using local scenery and sites as her inspiration for her current artwork.

“My work again deals with places and objects nearby: an abandoned house, a bathtub in a field, the local cemetery, the Guadalupe River, the San Antonio River and other sites,” Payne explained.

Everyone is welcome to view this free exhibit from October 24 through November 20, 2012. For more information, contact Jayne Duryea, at (361) 354-2322 or duryeaj@coastalbend.edu.

Around the world in a show

Art gallery exhibits couples diverse influences, interests
Chuck Wissinger

“In terms of media, I find myself increasingly drawn to clay mixed with other materials -- welded steel, wood, stone, bone, found objects, etc. The use of juxtaposed materials is often more responsive to creative impulse than clay used alone. This is particularly the case when trying to create a sense of dialectic or opposition as is central to my work. Clay continues, with its pleasures and pain, to be my preferred medium. Frustration with its cumbersome nature is outweighed by clay’s inherent ability to capture raw tactile energy. I enjoy walking into new situations cold without preconceived ideas, sketches, tools etc. to see what happens."

The work of artists Charles and Fulden Sara-Wissinger opened at Coastal Bend College Simon Michael Art Gallery in Beeville this month. The collection, which includes drawing, paintings, sculptures, and earthenware, showcases the diverse work of this husband and wife team.

Charles Wissinger, an art professor at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, pointed out the Mesoamerican symbolism found in his drawings. “I am intrigued by North American cultures interaction with nature and our simplistic understanding of what it is to be human,” he said.

Wissinger is a graduate of Ohio State University, Columbus, with a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Ceramics with a minor in sculpture and photography-cinematography. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa.

His work has been exhibited across the country and in Canada, Mexico and Turkey. He has been a part of international shows in Scandinavia, including the 1994 International Olympics Ceramics Exhibition in Lillehammer, Norway.

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Coastal Bend College closed for spring break

Coastal Bend College is closed March 12-16 for spring break. Administrative offices will open and classes will resume on Monday, March 19. For more information on college events and activities, please go to www.coastalbend.edu.

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San Antonio Symphony to perform in Beeville

Akiko Fujimoto

Akiko Fujimoto

 The San Antonio Symphony, under the direction of Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto, returns to Beeville for an exciting performance celebrating the works of Beethoven on Tuesday, Feb.21, at A. C. Jones High School Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

This year, the Symphony’s San Antonio offerings include a Beethoven Festival, from which the Beeville program has been selected, with the famous composer’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” the crowning jewel for the evening. No composer has changed history more than Beethoven and his symphonies are more compelling in terms of audience appeal than those of any other composer.

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