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Lakeland College will spotlight the work of four senior art students when the year's second Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition opens on Friday, March 4.
Lou Ashley, Tassy Dimmer, Rie Sakahara and Ann Souik will discuss their work during an opening reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's Sheboygan County campus.
The exhibit, which will feature works created by these students during their time at Lakeland, will run through April 1. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
The senior art show is a requirement for all Lakeland art majors. Students gain the experience of having their own exhibit, and are responsible for planning the show, putting the public relations together, hanging their work and any other details.
Ashley, who lives in Sheboygan, is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. He joined the Army after graduating from high school, and he spent time in Egypt and throughout the U.S. Upon returning home, he made it a personal goal to graduate from college.
"Graphic design intrigues me because the field has so many different facets and opportunities," Ashley said. "My ideas stem from a twisted sense of humor and a desire to create designs that will stand out amidst everything else. I like bright contrast and loud colors when they are set within an elegant setting."
Dimmer, who lives in Sheboygan, is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. She earned an associate's degree in marketing from Lakeshore Technical College in 2007 and a PowerPoint certificate from LTC in 2006. She would like to earn her master of business administration from Lakeland and land a job with a large advertising agency. She enjoys corporate identity and commercial art.
"Every piece of artwork I create I try to incorporate some type of personal meaning or emotion," Dimmer said. "When I work on a piece of art, every stroke from that brush, every line from that pencil, or even a click from that mouse has to have a piece of life in it."
Sakahara, an international student from Japan, is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a studio and graphic design emphasis. She is the recipient of the Helga Duechler Dawurske Art Scholarship and an LC Presidential Scholarship. She earned an associate's degree from Lakeland College Japan.
"While working on most of my art pieces, I tend to express a sense of Japan," Sakahara said. "I like to create designs that relate to Japanese culture. I prefer to work on landscape, still life and design which relates to Japanese culture. I like to paint landscapes - especially nature - such as views of the ocean, forests, and rivers because I feel a sense of my hometown and beauty of nature in the landscape."
Souik, who lives in Sheboygan, is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a studio emphasis. She is serving an internship at Two Fish Gallery in Elkhart Lake with owner Pat Robison, who is also an adjunct art instructor at Lakeland. She was a senior high youth group leader with Campus Life Youth Group, and went on mission trips to Ecuador in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. She prefers to work with graphite and clay.
"Working with Pat at Lakeland and at his studio has shown me that it's possible to not only be an artist and sell my pieces, but also be a teacher and a business owner," Souik said. "Most of my artwork is produced to meet the requirements of a class, but some pieces also reflect special memories I have."