– April 25th, 2014 by Alana Jeralds –
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Senior Art Exhibition brings tears, joy, and feelings of accomplishment

Opening April 24, the Senior Art Exhibition presents the best work of Colby-Sawyer graduating senior artists.

Working hard over the years, the art students have learned and have grown as people and as art students.

The gallery, used to demonstrate senior students’ artwork including drawing, graphic design, mixed and new media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, held an opening reception April 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The reception not only showcased the students’ artwork, but also allowed the students to receive multiple different awards.

Graphic Design Senior Katie Arsenault showcased seven different pieces of her graphic design work within the exhibition. One of her incredible designs involved redesigning Bigelow Tea Company’s packaging, where Arsenault created a set of prototypes.

Over the course of the four years attending Colby-Sawyer, Arsenault is feeling bittersweet during this art exhibition. “Knowing that this art exhibition is the culmination of four years of work is incredibly exciting. Though I am sad that it symbolizes the end of my time here at Colby-Sawyer, I’ve worked hard to get to this point and it’s an honor to be recognized for all that work tonight.”

Another astonishing piece of graphic design work that Arsenault created was a cookbook, titled “A Dash & A Pinch.” Featuring many recipes, each recipe included a photograph of the dish, and the book as a whole was bound beautifully together.

The Senior Art Exhibition represented a time of success for the seniors, but also a time of reflection. Looking at all of their work, the opening reception held both feelings of excitement, achievement, as well as sorrow for the days as Colby-Sawyer students are fading away.

Arsenault reflects on the night, “Today is a day of excitement for all of us. It’s bittersweet knowing that this is our last hurrah, but all of us have a lot to be proud of. We were responsible for hanging the gallery ourselves over the last two weeks, so being able to put our work up on the walls and see all of it in a finalized and professional state is empowering. Tonight is truly a night of celebration for all of us.”

 

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