ADRIAN, Mich (March 14, 2014)—The Adrian College Art and Design Department’s first selection of senior art students will be presenting their show “Meraki” in the Valade Gallery and the Heritage Room, both located in the Shipman Library at 110 South Madison Adrian, MI 49221. This show features seniors Meredith Maniscalco, Sydney Simpson, Josalyn Updegraff, Christina Butler and Colleen Grondin. The event runs throughMonday, March 10 through Friday, March 21. These students will showcase a variety of talents through varying media.
The gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the gallery is open upon request by appointment. An artist reception will be held Sunday, March 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the gallery.
Maniscalco, a ceramic artist, describes her art as symbolism of birds and flight as an interpretation of the human spirit throughout life and death. Simpson, who chooses to paint large scale and full of spirit, describes her artwork as abstract expression that uses a variety of mediums and colors in order to produce work that resembles extraterrestrial matter, touching on how everything “out there” relates to all of us “down here.” Butler is a photographer and graphic designer, and manipulates high fashion photography to convey “a hybrid of photography and design, expressing the deeper meaning that makeup and self-presentation holds. It is an application of a personality and form of self-expression.” Updegraff is an oil painter focused on representing the body image of women. Her work is described as an expression of emotions: self-acceptance and confidence. Grondin works in acrylics. She describes her art as a struggle of addiction and the emotions expressed through eyes: the most vulnerable parts of us, the windows to the souls.