Graduating seniors display artwork at ‘The Bob Hope Show’ tonight

‘The Bob Hope Show’, featuring the artwork of two graduating seniors, opens tonight with a reception at 6 p.m. in the LSC Art Gallery.Jeff Costello, graphic arts major known to his friends as “Bob”, and Hope Andrus, studio art major, will have their work on display until Nov. 22.Costello’s work consists of several drawings, but is mainly focused on animation.”(Animation) is the biggest part of my show,” Costello said. “I have a television and it plays my animation. They’re all shorts – small, 30 to 45 second animations. They’re hard to explain there’s a lamp that does flips and stuff; in one you’re just falling down a tunnel,” he said. “They’re all colorful, playing with reflections and such. You just have to see them to understand. They’re things that people look at. It’s stuff you’d see.”Costello said his interest has always been in computers and drawing. “It’s the best of both worlds,” he said. “Art meets digital.”As an art student, Costello said he wished there were more animation classes offered at SHSU.”It’s an up-and-coming field. We’re just getting it here. When I first started here, they didn’t even have animation they didn’t have a class for it. The next semester, they got a class and I’ve been in it ever since.”Costello said the show would be interesting because it offers a variety of art. “She’s (Andrus) more abstracts, color and pattern. I’m more drawing. All the art I have up is drawing. I did some lithographs, and they’re drawings. I don’t have the array of color. You won’t see any bright colors except on the screen. My expressive color comes out in my animation. I’ve got some real color in my animations.”While Costello’s works is primarily animation, Andrus’ work is all paintings. Andrus’ contribution to the show is 15 paintings, which represents her favorite or her best work from the beginning of her college career to the present.”There are eight new paintings from fall 2002, plus things that I did over the summer and things I did from my first semester here. It’s a collection of paintings,” Andrus said.Painting is something Andrus has always enjoyed, and is a way for her to express herself.”I paint because I can put my personality into it people can see my personality in the way I paint,” Andrus said. “A couple of my paintings have meanings, but the rest of them, I do just for the process.”Andrus uses her painting to express her feelings about important events in her life.”The painting “Tears” is my favorite because it is the first painting I ever painted that had content,” she said. “It had a meaning.” “Tears” was painted when Andrus learned her grandfather was ill and not expected to survive. The day after she completed the painting, her mother called to inform Andrus that her grandfather had died.The other painting in the show that has meaning is the painting Andrus did in remembrance of Sept. 11.”It’s called “Breathtaking”. It was my way of expressing my feelings toward that day. I could paint it rather than talk about it. It’s not pretty or decorative, but you look at it and it brings back memories. That way, it will never be forgotten.”Andrus’ style is unique, often incorporating everyday items into her work. She also experiments with new materials.”I did things this semester that I’d never done before, used materials that I’d never used – like the painting “The Blue Man”. I used newspaper, wire mesh, Crayola Magic Mold. It was interesting an experiment that came out really cool,” Andrus said.Costello and Andrus decided to do their shows together because they thought the name was intriguing and people would come to the show to find out what it was about.”We were joking about it one day, and Hope said it was a good idea,” Costello said.”I figured with a name like that, people would be wondering what it’s about. It was a way of getting people to come,” Andrus said. “On the flier, I didn’t put art show. It just says ‘The Bob Hope Show’,” Costello said. “I wanted people to think, to come just to find out what ‘The Bob Hope Show’ was.”The show is in the LSC Art Gallery, across from the bookstore. The reception will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with refreshments available. The artwork displayed is for sale unless otherwise noted.

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