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Student and senior art shows open in Oceanside venues

OCEANSIDE — Art is the word as MiraCosta College celebrates a display of all-media student art and the Country Club Senior Center opens its new art gallery.
A juried show at the MiraCosta College Kruglak Gallery opened May 5 to display the best of students’ paintings, drawings and sculptures. Entries from fall and spring studio art class students were honed down to 249 pieces.
“It’s the grand finale of what students have produced during the year,” Diane Adams, gallery director and water media instructor, said.
Awards were handed out to best student work in a dozen categories. “Deployment for a Wife,” oil on canvas by Tristan Gale, was one of the works recognized.
“I entered this one because I put the most emotion into it,” Gale said. “My husband wasn’t home yet. All the anxiety I put into the piece.”
Gale is a third year art student at MiraCosta who will transfer to a university next year. “I love to create,” Gale said. “Being an artist is the only thing I can see myself doing.”
“Separation,” water media on yupo paper by Don Getzug, was also recognized.
Getzug described the yupo paper he worked on. “It was like doing watercolors on a shower curtain,” he said. “It has a mind of its own. You can do loose gestural work.”
Getzug worked as a sculptor for 10 years before taking water media classes at MiraCosta College. “I took all of the numbered classes I could take and then I joined Diane Adams’ adult education classes because she’s such a good teacher,” Getzug said.
“Every time I work on a different surface it teaches me something,” Getzug added. “It’s all about practice. I never get to the point where it bores me.”
MiraCosta College offers a large selection of art classes. “There is a diverse variety of classes open to everyone from beginning students to those who have been doing art on their own and would like some direction,” Adams said. “It’s a smaller college so students definitely develop connections with their instructors. Class size lends itself to that.”
Another art show opened May 6 at the Country Club Senior Center as part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for Recovery Act fund improvements. Funds enable the center to get a fresh coat of paint, new hardwood floors, a coffee lounge and art display space.
“It’s a dream come true,” Richard Olson, senior commission member, said.
Artwork by Artist Alliance members is on display in the new coffee lounge and in the hallways. An art track system allows different size paintings and sketches to be hung. There is also a display case for sculptures and jewelry. New pieces will be shown every two months.
“Golden Water,” an acrylic on canvas by Joan McNulty, is one of the 35 pieces currently on display. McNulty is a member of the Artist Alliance and takes painting classes at MiraCosta College.
“It’s a hobby, but if I sell one it’s wonderful,” McNulty said. “It’s great to get it out in the public and get other people’s opinions.”
Artist Alliance works to find public spaces to display members’ artwork.