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SAINT VINCENT GALLERY PLANS SENIOR ART EXHIBITION

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Posted: Monday Mar 19, 2012

February 27, 2011

The Saint Vincent Gallery will present the first of two senior exhibitions this spring from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, April 1.

Student Exhibition I opens with a reception with the artists from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 and will show the work of Christine Dunleavy, a studio arts major from Waldorf, Maryland; Charles Eluwa, a graphic design major from Maplewood, New Jersey; Steven Fiori, a graphic design major and business marketing minor from Monroeville; Bethanie Kern, a graphic design and art education major from Avella; and Rebecca Raraigh, an art education major from Fombell.

Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The Gallery is closed on Mondays.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Saint Vincent Gallery is located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center and is accessible to the physically challenged. For further information, 724 805-2197, www.stvincent.edu/gallery.

Student Exhibition II will open Thursday, April 19.

Christine Dunleavy

Christine Dunleavy expects to earn a bachelor of arts degree in studio arts from Saint Vincent College in May. Skilled in doing watercolor paintings and drawing portraits in charcoal, pencil and chalk pastel, she is a member of the dean’s list. A graduate of La Plata High School, she has experience as a lifeguard in the Hampshire Neighborhood and as an assistant coach of the Waves of Westlake swim team, both in Waldorf. “My definition of art has changed and adapted throughout my experiences as a student and as a participant of art,” Ms. Dunleavy commented. “Throughout those occurrences, I have attempted many projects and used various types of media for the specific solutions which I expected to execute. I am a person who loves to delve into realms of realism. The intent of my art is for my audience to become emotionally involved with each of my subjects. The creation of art is an experiment for all artists and for me an eclectic palette for exploration.”

Charles Eluwa

Charles Eluwa expects to receive a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design from Saint Vincent College in May. A 2008 graduate of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, he has worked as a student assistant librarian at the Maplewood Library in Maplewood, New Jersey, as a student photographer for the Saint Vincent College public relations office, and as a head camp counselor at the Baird Center Summer Camp in South Orange, New Jersey. “Pictures, as many people have said, are worth a thousand words but this is my way down the rabbit hole, my looking glass to see a world that can never be expressed with only words,” commented Mr. Eluwa. “I have a unique eye in visualizing my surroundings. I am very keen in taking interesting shots that make your eyes stop and wonder about what you are staring at. I am definitely excited about sports photography and being able to freeze a second in time that will last forever.”

Steven Fiori

Steven Fiori expects to receive a bachelor of arts in graphic design with a minor in business marketing from Saint Vincent College in December. Adept in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography, he also has technical skills in using graphic software programs. A member of the Saint Vincent varsity golf team, he has worked as a teacher assistant, as a park leader, restaurant assistant and as a landscaper. “I believe in focusing on the way the eye reads its subject through various forms of art,” Mr. Fiori commented. “As a beginning artist, it is fun to expand my abilities in different art techniques as well as mediums. In my creations, I strive to capture vibrant colors, shadows and textures. It is important to me that each work of art has a sense of movement, wholeness and appeal.”

Bethanie Kern

Bethanie Kern expects to receive a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design with a minor in education from Saint Vincent College in May. A 2008 graduate of Avella High School, she is a member of the dean’s list, art club, equestrian club and education club. An active art volunteer for March Arts Day at West Hempfield Elementary School, she has also participated in the Latrobe Art Show. The recipient of a Saint Vincent academic scholarship, she has worked for the Amateur Softball Association, American Eagle Outfitters, Pittsburgh Pirates and Fox Ford. “My art reflects my personality and is a form of self-expression,” Ms. Kern commented. “I want the viewer to become immersed in the image and appreciate the finer details. My paintings thrive on bright, vibrant colors conveying a sense of peacefulness yet excitement. I want the viewer to look at my paintings as a whole but notice the smaller intricate details within.”

Rebecca Raraigh

Rebecca Raraigh expects to receive a bachelor of arts degree in art education from Saint Vincent College in May. A member of the dean’s list, she has experience as a commissioned artist, as a camp counselor and fine art instructor and as a librarian assistant. She has also been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and the Providence Baptist Church Kidz Ministry. “I paint what I see, what I love and what I experience,” Ms. Raraigh commented. “My art is simply for art’s sake and what people take away from it is totally up to them.”

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Photo: Seniors exhibiting in the first student exhibit this spring at Saint Vincent include, from left, Christine Dunleavy, Charles Eluwa, Steven Fiori, Bethanie Kern and Rebecca Raraigh. 

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