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LTCC winter art show features students

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Lake Tahoe Community College students top off the winter art exhibits with “Hats, Hats, Hats.” The annual student theme exhibition opened Feb. 9 and will run through March 20 in the main gallery. A reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14.

Students could submit up to three pieces of recent artwork relating to the theme, which they are given several months in advance of the show.

“It is an opportunity for our students to take a theme and come up with a creative interpretation of that theme,” said art instructor Phyllis Shafer. “We give them wide latitude in interpretation and encourage a real creative solution to the problem. It is always just a really fun show to see how all

these different students respond to one central theme.”

The exhibit encompasses all different kinds of media, including photography, ceramics, painting, and drawing.

Simultaneously in the foyer gallery watercolor artists Tina Forkner and Joanne Wood will display their work. They will also hold a reception Feb. 14.

Wood retired with husband to South Lake Tahoe and discovered watercolor after taking a class at LTCC.

“I have always been fascinated by the power of color. Color seems to be the driving force throughout my creative process,” Wood said. “The appreciation

and use of color is defined by something deeply personal in each of us. I want to explore and integrate into my art all the subtleties and qualities of each watercolor pigment.”

Forkner loves the challenge of creating a nearly photographic image of her chosen subject matter.

“I am a detailed, realistic watercolor artist,” she said. “However, somewhere along the way, my paintings take on a life of their own, a quality that I believe comes from my connection with the ‘character’ of the subjects I paint.”

Forkner said she is particularly sensitive to the way light falls on her subjects and chooses to limit the number of colors she uses.

“I try to stay within a particular triad and add only a few additional colors as accents. This limits the risk of creating chaotic ‘circus’ colored paintings or worse, mud,” she added.

The receptions on Feb. 14 and exhibits are free and open to the public. The foyer and main galleries are open during regular campus hours. The campus is located at One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe. For more information, call (530) 541-4660.


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