The Alpena Community College Olin H. Joynton center is hosting “An Evening with the Arts”; an exhibit showcasing students art on Friday.
It’s typically held on the last Friday of Fall and Spring semesters. “The Evening with the Arts is an incredible opportunity for myself as a faculty member. To experience the joy here that the students feel when they see their art and what that experience means to them is what means to me,” said Brian Schorn, art instructor.
Faculty members aren’t the only ones excited for the exhibit. Students like Violet Roiter are also excited. “I’ve been so excited since the beginning of the semester, and just to see everyone else’s artwork and all the amazing things that people have created throughout the semester means a lot,” she said.
Students express their creativity through photography, painting, sculpting, and other various art forms. “It’s really nice, very calming, very relaxing, and the people here are really really nice. Very friendly,” said Marrisa Seres, another art student.
COVID-19 was a challenging time for faculty and students
“It’s come up from COVID,” said Leo Maiolo, another art student at ACC. “I think everything is pretty much a work in progress from COVID, but it’s come a long way in the last four semesters I’ve been here and this place used to be a dark gloomy place, and now it has so much light and liveliness and it’s beautiful , and has a lot more to offer come the future.”
Nonetheless, the resiliency and tenacity of the Fine Arts Center pushed through the challenges of COVID-19. “The work and quality is fabulous, and the presentation I think, also stands out where the students work can be seen best,” said Schorn.
The exhibition will remain on display through Friday, May 13.