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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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Nature, rhythm explored in upcoming gallery exhibit at Coastal Bend College

Coastal Bend College inaugurates the spring gallery schedule with “Transformations,” featuring the works of Colleen McCulla-Thomas and Caprice Pierucci. A Reception and Gallery Talk will be held on Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Simon Michael Art Gallery of the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building.

Colleen McCulla-Thomas' paper scultpture

Colleen McCulla-Thomas' paper scultpture

“This is a break out show for me,” McCulla-Thomas said. After raising children, building houses and working as a commissioned stone artist, McCulla-Thomas is doing her first gallery show in years.

“I was inspired at an early age by sculpture while residing and traveling in Europe, Asia and Africa. The stirring impact of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Oracle of Apollo, the Byzantine mosaics of Constantinople, influenced me to search into the meaning of images and their relationship to Man; while simultaneously, stimulating my contemplation and understanding of beauty as expressed through the visual arts,” McCulla-Thomas explained.

The exhibit showcases the artists’ stone and paper cast sculpture, including a nine-panel, full wall cast paper piece. Each individual panel is a contemplative piece within itself, McCulla-Thomas explained, but they work together as a complex, meditative work.

“I focus on universal concepts, in contrast to a narrow or more literal understanding, and try to place them in a modern context by playing on words to indicate a deeper interpretation,” she said. “I have discovered something deeply beautiful and truthful that is impossible to quantify but somehow keeps you wanting to come back for more. This is, for me, the ultimate litmus test for art.”

Caprice Pierucci's wood sculpture

Caprice Pierucci's wood sculpture

She has interned in Texas and New Mexico, perfecting her wood and stone carving skills, including a recent internship in granite carving with Jesus Morales of Rockport. She was part of the team that restored the Elissa, a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 and restored by Galveston Historical Foundation.  McCulla-Thomas’ work has been exhibited at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center in Austin, The Children’s Museum of Houston, Texas State University in San Marcos and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

McCulla-Thomas is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpting and Painting. She currently works for Texas State University as a woodshop technician and teaching assistant while studying for a masters degree with an emphasis in special education. McCulla-Thomas said she is constantly growing as an artist and focusing on words, wood, stone and paper.

Pierucci, who works primarily in wood, is inspired by her mother. The late Louise Pierucci Holeman, who lived in Corpus Christi as a young woman, was a pioneer professional fiber artist in the late sixties and seventies.

“Sinuous repetition of form, texture, progressive rhythms, and linear abstractions are the images I was surrounded by as a child,” Pierucci said. “Originally the wood was used as a support or armatures for my fibers and paper. Eventually the wood became the more expressive way to define the images in my head.”

Pierucci earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburg and her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Her work has been featured in over 90 exhibitions and Pierucci has earned numerous awards. Her work is also included in some prestigious collections such as Westinghouse, Morgan Stanley and the Rockefeller collection.

“My most recent work is about eternity and time. The undulating rhythms in the forms speak to me of our mortality and the huge expanses of time that lead to one particular moment of beauty. I want the work to be beautiful, but to also have a deeper underlying place to reflect,” she said.

The Simon Michael Art Gallery exhibit closes on Feb. 16.  For more information, contact Jayne Duryea, at (361) 354-2322 or duryeaj@coastalbend.edu.

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Gallery opening in Beeville

Coastal Bend College “Student & Faculty Art Exhibition,” Opening Reception and Gallery Talk will be held on Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Simon Michael Art Gallery of the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. The gallery show closes on Dec. 7. Students will be on the gallery floor to discuss their work and a Student Art Sale is set for the same day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Coastal Bend College releases art gallery, workshop schedule

 Visual Arts Division Gallery Schedule, 2011-2012

Coastal Bend College’s Simon Michael Art Gallery, located in the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building on the main campus in Beeville, will exhibit the work of a variety of artists and media. The 2011-2012 gallery schedule follows.

Sept. 7 — Gallery Opening: “Coastal Bend College Visual Arts Faculty,” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes Oct. 13

Oct. 19 — Gallery Opening: “CBC Art Alumni Invitational,” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes Nov. 17.

Nov. 30 — Gallery Opening: “Student & Faculty Art Exhibition,” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes Dec. 7

Nov. 30 — Student Art Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building.

Jan. 18 — Gallery Opening: “Transformations,” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.,  Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes Feb. 16

Feb. 22 — Gallery Opening: “CBC Visual Arts Division High School Art Competition,” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes March 11.

March 21 — Gallery Opening: “Wissinger & Wissinger” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes March 23.

April 25 — Gallery Opening: “Student & Faculty Art Exhibition,” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes May 6

April 25 — Student Art Sale-: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes May 6

Barnhart Workshop Series, 2011-2012

Sept. 15 – 16, 2011, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Fusing Glass,” Artist-in-Residence: Jayne Duryea

Oct. 25-28, 2011, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

“China Painting: Roses,” Artist in Residence: Brenda Morgan Moore

Feb. 8, 2012, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

                “Relief Printmaking,” Artist –in-Resident: Manuel J. Gonzales

Feb. 20-23, 2012, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

            “China Painting (Subject to be announced),” Artist-in-Residence: Alzora Zaremba

March 7, 2012

            “Glassblowing,” Artist-in-Residence: Jayne Duryea, CBC Art Students, and Guest Artists from across Texas

April 4, 2012

            “Caricatures,” Artist-in-Residence: Lorin Bernsen

April 19-20, 2012

            “Wildlife Photography,” Artist-in-Residence: TBA

All workshops will be held in the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. (unless otherwise noted).

For more information, please contact Jayne Duryea, (361) 354-2322 or duryeaj@coastalbend.edu.

Coastal Bend College Glass Blowing Workshops

May 14-17, 2012, Beginning Glass Blowing

May 21-24, 2012, Beginning Glass Blowing

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Coastal Bend College releases Simon Michael Art Gallery schedule

Download the 2010-2011 visual arts schedule brochure here.

 The visual arts gallery season begins on Sept. 8 with the opening of Coastal Bend College Visual Arts Faculty. The Simon Michael Art Gallery is located in the Frank Visual Arts Building.

 Featured artists include Claudia Contero, Jayne Duryea, Bob Gomez, Luis Pena, Jan Shipman, Linda Swickheimer and Fulden Wissinger. The exhibit opens with a reception at 10:30 a.m. It is open to the public and many of the artists will be on hand to talk about their work.

 A gallery talk follows at 1:30 p.m. CBC art students and guests will get the opportunity to talk to artists about media, inspiration, process and other topics.

 The Simon Michael Art Gallery is open during college operating hours, Monday through Friday. The show will close on Oct. 14.

 A full list of gallery events follows.

 2010

Oct. 20 — Gallery Opening: “Norman Wallace”  Reception:  10:30 a.m. – noon, Simon Michael Art Gallery.  Gallery talk: 1:30 p.m., Frank Jostes Visual Bldg. Closes Nov. 11.

 Dec. 1 — Gallery Opening: “Student & Faculty Art Exhibition,” Reception:  10:30 a.m. – noon, Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Bldg.  Student art sale: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Frank Jostes Visual Arts Bldg.   Closes Dec. 19.

 2011

 Jan. 19 — Gallery Opening: “Lynn Rushton “Forces of Nature”, Reception:  10:30 a.m. – noon, Simon Michael Art Gallery. Gallery talk: 1:30 p.m., Frank Jostes Visual Arts Bldg. Closes Feb. 17.

 Feb. 23 — “CBC Visual Arts Division High School Art Competition” Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Bldg. Closes March 10.

 March 23 — Gallery Opening:  “Larry Harrison, CBC Alumni” Reception:  10:30 a.m. – noon, Simon Michael Art Gallery. Gallery talk: 1:30 p.m., Frank Jostes Visual Arts Bldg. Closes April 21.

 April 27 — Gallery Opening: “Student & Faculty Art Exhibition,” Reception:  10:30 a.m. – noon, Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Bldg. Student art sale: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Frank Jostes Visual Arts Bldg. Closes May 5.

 Barnhart Workshop Series 2010-2011

 Sept. 22-23 — “Fusing Glass” – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with Artist-in-Residence:  Jayne Duryea                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 Oct. 27 — “China Painting” – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with Artist-in-Residence: Brenda Morgan Moore

 Nov. 3-4 – “Sculpture” Aluminum Casting   9a.m.-4p.m. with Artists-in-Residence:  Jack Gron & Greg Reuter

 Feb. 1-4 — “China Painting”  9a.m.-4p.m. with Artist-in-Residence: Alzora Zaremba

 Feb.  2 — “Relief Printmaking”  9a.m. – 4p.m. with Artist-in-Residence:  Manuel Gonzales

 March 10 — “Glassblowing” 8a.m.-4p.m. with Artist-in-Residence:  Jayne Duryea, CBC Art Students and guest artists from across Texas               

 April 6 — “Caricatures” 8a.m.-4p.m. with Artist-in-Residence:  Lorin Bernsen

 April 21-22 — “Wildlife” Photography with Artist-in-Residence:  TBA

 All workshops will be held in the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Bldg. (unless otherwise noted). For more information, please contact Jayne Duryea at Coastal Bend College, 3800 Charco Rd. in Beeville, Texas. Call (361) 354-2322 or email duryea@coastalbend.edu

 Coastal Bend College Glass Blowing Workshops

May 16-19, 2011 – Beginning Glass Blowing

May 23-26, 2011 – Beginning Glass Blowing

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