Art show slated for WNCC Douglas Open House |

Art show slated for WNCC Douglas Open House

by Joyce Hollister

Paintings in oil and watercolor will be on display at the Western Nevada Community College, Douglas Open House next week.

Students in Mark Tompkins’ classes held Mondays and Wednesdays are deciding which works they will put on display.

“The show will be running through May 15, the end of the semester,” Tompkins said. “We’re inviting the public. We want to keep people interested in the college and get more people out here.”

Students in Tompkins’ classes are painting mostly in oils, though some are doing watercolor, he said.

Most are senior citizens, and they range from beginners to advanced art students.

“We really run the gamut,” Tompkins said. “We have beginners and intermediates and some who have been painting for years.”

Beginners start off feeling nervous, he said, but they needn’t be afraid to just jump right in.

“I help them from start to finish,” he said.

Tompkins said he wants to hold art shows every semester, and he is already planning one for the fall.

“We have some really talented people out there, that’s why we want to promote this and get people into the arts and into the classes. We want to encourage the arts now that we have this great facility here in Carson Valley.”

Students in Mary Kay Kaluza’s photography classes and from Rita Borselli’s watercolor classes will also be hanging their work in the Open House show.

Senior citizens may take art classes for free, and all classes are offered for credit.

Tompkins added that art classes will be offered for the summer for the first time at the new campus.

The Open House will feature the unveiling of the Wall of Honor, which was created by North Valley artist Carol Foldvary-Anderson. It depicts bookshelves in what could be viewed as a ranch house of the past century. Objects on the shelves represent the culture of the Valley, and nameplates on the books are the names of donors to the college, which opened last year.

The unveiling will be held at 3 p.m. The Open House will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. and feature demonstrations and displays by students and instructors at WNCC Douglas. It is part of celebrating Community College Week in the WNCC service area.

The Douglas County Task Force which raised funds to build the campus will host the unveiling of the Wall of Honor. Students from Gardnerville and Minden elementary schools will take part in the program, and Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick will speak briefly.

The public is invited.

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