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Reception for Fine Arts Student Show Draws Friends and Family
Gallery Exhibit Continues through May 10


West Windsor, N.J. – Artistic expression comes in all shapes, sizes and media at the annual Fine Arts Student Show at the Mercer County Community College Gallery on display now through May 10. Students, family members, friends and faculty came out to celebrate the arts at an opening reception on April 24.

The Gallery at Mercer is located on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Seventy-five students studying in many areas of the arts at Mercer are participating in the show.  Media include painting, three-dimensional wall art, sculpture, advertising/ graphic design, and more.

“Our goal is to give every student a chance to display his or her work, but not overcrowd the gallery, so that visitors can spend time on each piece,” said Photography Professor Michael Dalton.

Many MCCC art students take classes part-time while working full-time.” One such student is Monica Kwok , who is employed as a lab technician at Rutgers University.  Her passion for painting brings her to the MCCC campus for six hours each Saturday to take a watercolor class with instructor Theresa McNichol.

Kwok says she is thoroughly enjoying her immersion in this new medium.  “You must learn to control how the water brings the color around.  There is a definitely a learning curve. But the clean-up is easy.”

McNichol attended the opening to enjoy viewing her own students’ contributions while also seeing the works of others.  She noted that the six-hour class watercolor class she teaches is an ideal timeframe for painting.  “It allows students the time they need to get a lot done.”  She and her students are hoping for at least a few Saturdays to paint outside before the semester ends.

Observed retiree Lynne Faridy, who has been taking art classes at Mercer since 2006, “Everyone should paint or do something creative.  It satisfies the soul.”

Gallery hours for this exhibit are: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more about events at the Gallery, click here.

Monica Kwok with her painting "Resonance."
She is pictured with her daughter, Hope,
one of her biggest fans.
Tim Griscom's "Umbrella" is a flat
painting on poster board.
Beach themes are notable in several pieces.





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Lynne Faridy is pictured with her instructor, Fine Arts Professor Kyle Stevenson. Her painting is entitled "A Day on the Farm," inspired by the Middletown Grange Fair.
Student Jaclyn Solarski with "The Hangover Helper," completed for her Advertising class.
Zac Santanello with his photograph "Martin Tower," an abandoned building that once housed offices for Bethlehem Steel.
Maheen Ahmed expresses herself most clearly in writing. "Who Am I" is an artfully presented writing sample from her Typography class.
Meredith Baum's "So Long and Good Night" was inspired by Tim Burton and a favorite song by the group Chemical Romance.
Margo Lee has excelled at sculpture. She is pictured with "Beehive."
Sculptor Megan McCloskey is pictured with her father, Robert, who says Megan has raided the family's garage for items to use in a variety of projects.
Student artists Shafia Qamar, left, and Maheen Ahmed, second from left, with friends at the show.