Students display talents in Fine Arts Gallery

If you’ve ever been guilty of thinking that there’s nothing to do in Huntsville, which most of you probably have been, you should listen up. In buildings, not so far away, is the Sam Houston Art Department. Most of you have never, or would never, venture to that corner of campus, but I suggest that you do.

No, I’m not supporting random stints of exercising. What I am aggressively advocating is the Students of Fine Arts, Gallery located in Art Building A.

Let’s be honest here;, Huntsville clearly isn’t a city-city. Yes, we have a Wal-Mart, a wide assortment of fast-food restaurants and things that resemble clubs. But, we share very little with larger cities. One thing we do have is a big-city artistic sensibility. SHSU is surprising, culturally rich and overflowing with talent given our size and location.

The SOFA Gallery will feature the work of a different student artist every week.

No names. No frames. No problem.

I recently attended a gallery by Christina Shuffield and was really impressed. Not only with the work, but also with the inventive style of its display. Upon stepping into the gallery space, it was like walking into an artist’s sketchbook, complete with image-word splurge lining the walks. Shuffield used the white walls of the space as her canvas to etch her thoughts and ideas in charcoal.

“Charcoal would be the easiest medium to remove. Besides, it is a very malleable material and is very forgiving. If you make a mistake, it is much easier to correct than lets say ink.” Shuffield said.

But this type of artistic mess making comes easy to Shuffield.

“I’ve been making art since I was four. My medium of choice back then: a red or purple crayola. My canvas of choice: the walls of my family dining room.”

The next artists that will be on display at the SOFA Gallery are Nestor Guerrero and Curtis Schlauch. They’re work will be shown from September 29 to October 3.

The SOFA Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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