College art exhibit opens |

College art exhibit opens

Photos by Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / A student's entry to the Lake Tahoe Community College art show is displayed.

Lori Sugai has the proof that she’d like to preserve the planet. But she’ll start with saving her artwork for Tahoe to see.

The artist by trade is entering a number of pieces of art for the Lake Tahoe Community College Annual Student Art Exhibit and Awards Ceremony scheduled this Sunday at 2 p.m. Both are in the commons area.

One of the eight pieces Sugai entered, “On This Ice,” depicts a polar bear. Its title is a recognition of global warming. She used blue glass bits as a base to demonstrate ice melt. The bear’s toes are curled around because he’s sinking into the ice.

“The island is diminishing around him,” she said, while scurrying to bring her entries to the LTCC Art Department Thursday. More than 200 entries were registered, ranging from watercolor and digital photography to bronze and drawing. That number is expected to double. The judging is Friday.

Sugai is no stranger to the LTCC art world. She won a best of show last year and is known for unique approaches to her work. She believes artists have a responsibility to show what they view in life.

“This is what I’ve noticed in sculpture classes: That when something hits me from across the room, it tells me the person put soul into it,” she said.

Larry Goodman would agree. In the ninth year he’s entered, the South Shore man created large ceramic bowls modeled after his heritage and passion. He enjoys the mining culture.

“I was raised in Montana where there’s mining,” he said.

The design shows a frontiersman mining in the backcountry next to a river. Silver coins are embedded in the piece with gold nuggets.

“You have to be just right with the holes,” he said.

Over the years, he’s gained an honorable mention and third place. This time he’s going for gold – first place.

“I don’t know. It’s in the eye of the beholder,” he said.

Hence, the level of excitement is building at the college – which will feature the work until June 18 in the campus commons, gallery area and adjoining hallways.

For the show that runs until 5 p.m., the juried competition will have a first, second and third place award as well as honorable mentions. Seventeen categories are listed. A separate team of jurors will select artwork to be awarded the cash prize of the Patricia Amundson Purchase Award. These works are placed in LTCC’s permanent art collection.

David Foster, the head of the art department, said the show is the premier art exhibition for the campus.

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