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Art Gallery

Creative Expression on Display at SVC

Art Gallery

Creative Expression on Display at SVC

Art Gallery

Creative Expression on Display at SVC

 

The artist David Kane talking about his painting in the SVC art gallery

2020 AVA Exhibition

The final art exhibition of every academic year at Skagit Valley College is a showcase for the graduating students enrolled in the AVA degree program. This program prepares students for the further pursuit of an art and design path, whether that means transferring to a 4 year art and design program or assisting in finding their own personal path through art practice and education within the community. This display of work is a reflection of the SVC education and the cumulative end to multiple years of art and design study. As part of the AVA degree requirements, students take a class titled Art 161, Exhibition. One of the major goals In this class is for students to develop a cohesive body of work that reflects their intentions as an artist. Sometimes that is not always easy, in fact most of the time, even for mature and seasoned artists, it can be difficult to create artwork that expresses and communicates what is intended. Regardless of cohesiveness, the work in this exhibit should excite and exemplify the best of a new breed of up-and-coming artists in the Skagit Valley art scene or even beyond the boundaries of our beautiful valley.

2020 AVA Students:
Bethany Franklin
Chase Frizzell
Kristjana Harder
Irelyn Lamoureux
Brandon Santana

Bethany Franklin

Since enrolling in the art program at Skagit Valley College I have grown as an artist and found my passion is creating art that expresses my love of wildlife in its natural habitat. The Estuary where the river meets the Sea is an important part of my life as an artist, a member of a commercial fishing family, and a human with a loving connection to the earth. In this beautiful place where the tides lift rivers in the fall to assist the salmon along their way to the spawning grounds, where seabirds and raptors alike call and dine on exquisite delicacies of their ecosystem. This magical place is where all life is enticed to come and share the bounty. We rational thinkers who visit and share this space have the ability to save or spoil these crucial ecosystems. I hope to create awareness of the need for a healthy environment here which is crucial in maintaining the wonder of nature. As I explore my environment, looking under rocks near the sea and through the leaves into the sky, finding inspiration either with my camera or gathering found objects to incorporate into my art. I hope to share the beauty found here and in doing so create an awareness that will assist in the preservation of these amazing spaces.

Growth In The City by Irelyn Lamoureux
Estuarine Sunset
2019
20″ x 16″
Paper, Ink, and Acrylic on Canvas
Game of Horns by Irelyn Lamoureux
Ms Merlin
2020
20″ x 10″
Acrylic on Canvas
Directing the Mind Palace by Irelyn Lamoureux
Natures Helper
2019
12″x12″
Paper, Ink, and Acrylic on Canvas
Capturing Madness by Irelyn Lamoureux
Winter Wonder
2020
24″ x 36″
Acrylic on Canvas

Chase Frizzell

My name is Chase Frizzell and I am a Photographer based in Washington State specializing in Portrait Photography. I shoot portraits because I think it is important to capture moments in a person’s life so they can hold onto them forever. Whether it is “family photos”, “senior portraits”, etc. these are all moments that people want to look back on and remember, this is what makes my job so special.

When it comes to inspiration I have found a lot from other PNW based portrait photographers and a lot of editorial/fashion photographers who shoot for major magazines such as Vogue. Andrew Kearns, Forrest Mankins and Patrick Demarchelier are some of my favorite photographers, these photographers like to emphasis the beauty in both the subject and the subjects surrounding. When taking a picture your focus is not on one specific thing, you’re focused on creating a beautiful image, this means making sure not only the subject but the setting looks good. You’re capturing a moment.

For the future, I will continue to keep shooting and working on growing my photography business. I hope to work with people wanting portraits but also companies that I am passionate about and enjoy their products. I have shot for a few of my favorite outdoor clothing brands and hope to grow my client list. I think trying new things in my work can only lead to more opportunities and reaching new people to create with.

Growth In The City by Irelyn Lamoureux
#1
2020
23.34″ x 15.56″
Photography
Game of Horns by Irelyn Lamoureux
#2
2019
23.4″ x 15.6″
Photography
Growth In The City by Irelyn Lamoureux

#3
2020
23.4″ x 15.6″
Photography

Game of Horns by Irelyn Lamoureux

#4
2019
35.56″ x 28.44″
Photography

Irelyn Lamoureux

I figured out that I had the creative bug at a very young age. This happened when my fifth grade teacher praised me for a piece of artwork that I created for class and since then I felt like I had a talent for visual art.This is why I am getting a visual arts degree ​rather​ ​than just a transfer degree. The thing is, I don’t really know what kind of art I am going to pursue yet, but I hope to find my main artistic passion in the future.

So far I have tried a lot of  different art mediums such as ceramics, design, drawing, painting, digital design, and recently photography. I have narrowed down my focus to photography, painting, and drawing. I would like to learn more about each one, so I will be able to see ​all of​ ​the possibilities that come with each medium and bring me closer to what kind of art I want to pursue. All in all I just have such a passion for art and I love to express myself through creative projects. It gives me an outlet to share my ideas, emotions, and my perspective on the world. That is why I am currently in the process of getting my Associates in Visual Arts degree from Skagit Valley College. I feel like getting an art degree will be a great accomplishment,  a good first step into the artist world, and push me forwards the next step of my journey.

Growth In The City by Irelyn Lamoureux
Growth in the City 
2020
11 x 18 1/2 inches 
Charcoal on Paper
Game of Horns by Irelyn Lamoureux

Game of Horns
Charcoal on Paper
14 x 14 inches
2019

Directing the Mind Palace by Irelyn Lamoureux
Directing the Mind Palace
2019
12 x 20 inches
Charcoal on Paper
Capturing Madness by Irelyn Lamoureux
Capturing Madness 
2020
14 x 20 inches 
Mixed Media on Paper

Kristjana Harder

Since I was a child, art has been one of my passions. I decided to pursue it as my career. The path that drew my attention the most was the make-believe worlds of science fiction and fantasy. The landscapes, the different worlds that were not like ordinary life, the colors and the graphics grabbed my attention. Video games such as Destiny, Halo, Elder Scrolls, Skyrim, and Star Wars helped me to discover the types of genres I wanted to be involved in. I want to be a concept artist for a video game company! I want to work for Bungie, a video game company based in Bellevue, WA.

I work with a lot of different mediums, such as charcoals, colored pencils, digital and film photography, programs like Ibis to create digital drawings, and paper and clay sculptures. One of my favorite things, regardless of materials is trying to incorporate a dynamic value, a sense of space and color to help create a sense of perspective and dept to enhance the world of fantasy and science fiction.

Growth In The City by Irelyn Lamoureux
“Leonardo DaVinci themed glider remake”
pencil on paper
8.5″ x 11″
Game of Horns by Irelyn Lamoureux
“Leonardo DaVinci themed glider remake”
pencil on paper
8.5″ x 11″
Directing the Mind Palace by Irelyn Lamoureux
“Leonardo DaVinci themed glider remake”
digital drawing
1024 x 1360 pixels
Flying Machine #2 by Kristjana Harder
Turkey Vulture Glider Design,
based on Leonardo

digital drawing
570 x 760 pixels

Brandon Santana

Seeing and hearing are big inspirations to a lot of things I do. With seeing, I can look at different things and be inspired visually. With seeing, I can hear a sound and think of how that sounds look like and how it makes me feel to come up with something. These things inspire the short movies I make.

Growth In The City by Irelyn Lamoureux

Untitled
18″ x 24″
acrylic on canvas

Game of Horns by Irelyn Lamoureux

Untitled
14″ x 14″
acrylic on canvas

Directing the Mind Palace by Irelyn Lamoureux
Untitled
16″x 20″
charcoal on paper
Brandon Santana video still, click to play

short movie #1
video

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