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Major art show kicks off at Lake Tahoe Community College

Axie Navas
anavas@tahoedailytribune.com

If you go

What: 2013 LTCC Student Art Exhibition

When: Opening Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m. The exhibition will run through June 15.

Where: LTCC Commons

More info: http://www.ltcc.edu

As Lake Tahoe Community College prepared to open its biggest art show of the year, Art Department Chair and Gallery Director Phyllis Shafer put the final touches on a months-long project.

“This is our big ta-da. It’s the exhibition that highlights what our students have been doing all year long,” Shafer said.

The 2013 LTCC Annual Student Art Exhibition is open to every student who enrolled in one of the college’s art classes during the past year. The event, which started about three decades ago according to Shafer, typically displays more than 450 pieces of artwork that fall into 17 categories.

Categories include digital and traditional photography, metal, figure and ceramic sculpture, as well as an overall Best in Show.

The exhibition opened Sunday. Voting for the People’s Choice award will continue for two weeks before college staff tallies the ballot results.

Shafer and her six-person team collected hundreds of pieces of artwork and commandeered the LTCC Commons as they organized the display.

Shafer’s team, all students from her art exhibition production class, tracked down everyone who registered for a LTCC art class this school year and solicited more than $1,500 worth of donations from local businesses for the cash awards and gift certificates. The Tahoe Art League will also present two students with a $1,000 art scholarship each Sunday.

“I only had six people in the class, but they worked so hard,” Shafer said. “They’re working way more than a normal one-and-a-quarter credit course would require, but they learn to stage an art exhibition.”

The exhibition will run through June 15.

And for any art collectors who plan on attending the exhibition, all the student artwork will be available for purchase at a “very reasonable price,” according to Shafer.


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