Arctic Java displays interactive and aesthetic art

Janene McMahan (right) talks to Becky Hammer during the Art Showcase on Friday night. Ella Quimby/Sun Star

Janene McMahan (right) of eLearning talks to Becky Hammer during the Art Showcase on Friday night. Ella Quimby/Sun Star

By Anessia Hubler

Sun Star Reporter

Arctic Java played host to Monsters and Legends: A First Friday Art Show on Oct. 3 put on by eLearning students and staff.

The staff at eLearning hoped that the show will help to display their support of the arts in the community, as well as inspire others to join in on the work.

Along with the art hanging on the walls, eLearning had a huge white board for people to draw on and show off their own talents. The style of art displayed varied from pictures, paintings, drawing, prints, and even pixel painting.

“I focus on the blues and greens to show what a bad summer we had here in Fairbanks.”senior art student Erin McGroarty said, describing three of her displayed photos.

One particular exhibit that drew the crowd was a basket hung with yarn on the wall where eLearning worker Janene McMahan sat, inviting people to take a seat and learn how to knit in donation to a good cause.

“My art project is about getting people together and learning something new, and once they are done with their project they can donate it to the Door. The Door is a youth shelter and I know they will just love the things people put so much work into making for them,” said McMahan.

All the yarn and tools for the project had been donated as well.

Another unique piece of art on display was a large piece of sculpted wood with what looked like a little lizard hand coming out of it.

“I used a 14-inch chainsaw on a three-foot-long piece of wood to make that,” senior fine arts printing student Brant Schalk said.

Sophomore Spanish student Mikey Dewey had an interesting pixel painting in the show.

“Pixel painting is to take a painting that already exists and turn it into something new, and I don’t mean changing the lights and the darks and such, but actually changing the pixels of the painting to look different but still recognizable. For example, I turned the Mona Lisa into a man,” Dewey said.

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  1. Mikey Dewey says:

    For clarification, there are many different definitions of pixel painting, but I can’t picture myself ever giving a definition as vague as the one in the “quote” above. Pixel painting is more complicated than just turning an image into something new. It means avoiding the general use of filters and automatic image adjustment tools, but rather using tools that edit smaller amounts of pixels at a time. My piece, Mikey Lisa, is not an example of this.

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