March 19, 2014

Staff Report

Hadley Kerst, 5, enjoys looking at one of Neil Browne’s oversized, flying bug-like sculptures during the opening reception of the Spring Equinox Art Show now at NJC.

Hadley Kerst, 5, enjoys looking at one of Neil Browne’s oversized, flying bug-like sculptures during the opening reception of the Spring Equinox Art Show now at NJC. This is a show that children will really enjoy as Brown repurposes some ordinary, and not so ordinary, electrical parts to make insect-like creations. (Courtesy Photo)

The 2014 Spring Equinox Art Show is now on display at Northeastern Junior College in the Peter L. Youngers Fine Arts Gallery located in the E. S. French liberal arts building on campus. Four artists were chosen from their work exhibited in the Regional Art Show last fall. Artists had to be within 150 miles of Sterling to participate. The show is a delightful collection of photography, sculpture, drawings and two dimensional arts.

Among those selected to show their talents in this spring show is Sarah Atkinson whose primary medium is photography. Sarah employs lighting and props to create moods and interest in her portraits. She obviously loves people and the size and careful framing of her work adds to the photos.  Neil Browne has some excellent sculpture pieces on display and there is a story that goes with each item. Neil uses whimsy, humor and found parts—most often electrical—to make insect-like sculptures.

Also included in the show is long-time accomplished artist Larry Prestwich. Larry’s pen and ink drawings of Cottonwood trees and their rough bark will never let you seem them the same again. He uses a special technique of rolling his pen or pencil as he puts down a stroke to get his unique lines.  Work by another local favorite, Sara Bledsoe, completes this show. Sara’s is an expert at featuring  subjects to include horses, cattle, trees and their relationships to people and each other. She is an accomplished two dimensional artist and she has work in a variety of mediums. Like Atkinson, Bledsoe has invested well in framing and it is so very apparent when you see her work on display.

The showed opened March 6th with a reception to meet the artists. The gallery has been closed for the college’s spring break this week, but the gallery reopens on March 24th and this show runs until March 27th. Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to come between 2 and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, if you are in the building at other times between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., visit the liberal arts office on the main level and ask to be let in to see the show. Get in and see this show March 24-27th. It is definitely one worth seeing.