NEW PORT RICHEY — Artistic talent on a college campus isn’t only from students, but from the faculty and staff as well. A local state college features an annual summer art exhibit to showcase the talent of the school’s staff.
Last Thursday, the Rao Musunuru, M.D., Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus opened its 2014 faculty and staff summer art show.
The gallery features about 30 pieces and 12 artists using various artistic techniques and mediums, including photography, acrylics, sculptures, paper art and fiber art.
Kurt Holyoke, a featured artist and an art studio professor at PHSC, has participated in the gallery over the years, including a solo show in 2011. “This is like an untapped gem that hasn’t been totally utilized,” Holyoke said.
Holyoke has three pieces in the gallery, and he takes inspiration for his art through observations or thoughts that he hopes to share with the observer.
“The work is created not as an end or mere illustration of an object or an event but rather as a beginning. A means to initiate or facilitate intuition, exploration, and thought,” Holyoke said. “It stands as a collaboration between myself and the viewer.”
Barbara Craig, a featured photographer in the gallery and an assistant professor in the nursing program at PHSC, takes photos focusing on nature and wildlife.
Craig has five photography pieces in the gallery, and her photos depict wild animals including snakes and owls. She even has some advice for aspiring photographers who hope to see their photos in a gallery. “Take a lot of pictures and have a lot of patience,” Craig said. “Just have a lot of fun.”
Diana Brinker, a staff assistant, believed that the exhibit gives the faculty and staff a chance to showcase what they do in their spare time.
“I just think it’s a great way for the people who work here at PHSC to be able to exhibit what they do when they’re not working.” Brinker said. “It gives them a nice outlet.”
Maria Rhew, the senior office assistant at the library, has four pieces in the gallery and believes that the gallery has the ability to inspire young and hopeful artists.
“It’s fun and it’s encouraging to people who aren’t really sure whether they would ever have a chance to show their stuff except to visitors in their house.” Rhew said.
Her art pieces represent the four classical elements, earth, wind, fire and water. The pieces also include the elemental symbols and the planets of each element.
The faculty and staff summer art show is available until June 29. The art exhibit is free and open to the public, Monday through Thursday.
Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus is at 10230 Ridge Road. For more information call (727) 847-2727.