Sampson Community College is gearing up for its Spring Art Show.
A free artist reception is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the East Building on campus, 1801 Sunset Ave., Clinton. Sponsored by the college’s foundation, the event will feature more than 50 displays from 26 Continuing Education students.
During the year, instructor Walt Smith taught the Creative Art class, which allowed students to use a variety of methods including oils, acrylics and water colors. The sessions began in January and continued through the spring.
“I think we’re presenting a high quality of work,” Smith said. “I think that’s attributed to the diligence of the artists.”
A variety of subject matters ranging from landscapes, animals, automobiles and carefully drawn people will be on display.
“Within the course, we let the individual make the decision about what they’ll be painting or drawing,” Smith said. “I think it creates choices about what the subjects will be.”
The work created in the class is now available for the public to see and will be displayed through Monday, May 9.
Ann Butler, dean of Continuing Education, is looking forward to the event as well. Previously, the college hosted the event during the weekend, but the majority of attendants were students and their families.
“We hope to attract a different segment of people,” Butler said about hosting the event on a weekday. “We hope to attract a different segment of people. We would like to have it during a time when it’s convenient for our faculty, staff and students who are here during the day.”
Butler said another goal is to attract an evening crowd and SCC associates as well.
“We want to be able to broaden the exposure that we give the class so that more people will have the opportunity to see it,” Butler said. “During this time of year on Sunday afternoon, there are so many things going on.”
During the reception, refreshments will be available for visitors while they peruse the gallery.
The Continuing Education through the local college offers a variety of services to help adults achieve educational, professional and occupational goals.
“I’m always amazed by the amount of talent I see coming out of the program,” Butler said about the art sessions. “I’ve seen people take the class numerous times, but it’s always enjoyable for me to see some new people coming in and some new talent being discovered and put on display.”
She also noted that the talent varies in age from young people to senior citizens with ties to Sampson County.
“I’m very proud that we have this opportunity to do this,” Butler said. “Walt has been a very dedicated instructor for a long time and he puts a lot of effort into the class and a lot of effort into bringing out the talents of his students. I’m glad we have this opportunity to let that group of people shine.”
SCC is hosting summer classes on Tuesdays throughout June and July. Interested applicants may contact the Continuing Education department at 910-592-7176.
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