January 24, 2014

Accomplished local artist returns home for first solo show

Artist Mandy Wesley is pictured here doing a charcoal sketch

Artist Mandy Wesley is pictured here doing a charcoal sketch during the 2012 Chili Night event on campus. Her work is featured in a show appearing now in a gallery on campus. This is her first solo show and the public in encouraged to visit the gallery and view this Sterling native’s work. (Courtesy Photo)

Northeastern Junior College’s art department kicks off the 2014 year and the new spring semester with a special exhibit in the Peter L. Youngers Fine Art Gallery by showcasing the work of a prized alumni.  The public is invited to enjoy the talent of Sterling’s own Amanda Wesley.

A 2010 graduate of Sterling High Schools, Mandy attended Northeastern  Junior College for two years where she studied oil painting, drawing and art history under the tutelage of Professors John Cross and Emily Vines.  She was a work study student assigned to be a gallery assistant in the Peter L. Youngers Art Gallery where she took special interest in the arranging and hanging of shows. She was especially drawn to the figure and oil painting.

After graduating from NJC in 2012, Mandy then moved on to study at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver where she expanded her mediums to ceramic, film photography and multimedia work. She is inspired to create art that celebrates color and beauty that can be enjoyed in homes as well as art galleries.

Mandy paints a great diversity of subject matter and content exploring diverse techniques and styles. Her ceramic work is all about functionality and creating inviting forms to be touched and held for use. Her figure drawings are purely an enjoyment of expressing the beauty of the human  through media. This is her first solo art exhibition. 

An opening reception for the show will be held on Monday, January 27th at 6 p.m. in the Peter L. Youngers Fine Art Gallery inside E.S. French Hall on campus.  Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Mandy’s show will run until February 28th and the public is invited to come in and view her work most any Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you would like to know more, or want to make certain the gallery is open, please call the liberal arts office on campus at 521-6671.