2012-11-30 / Community

SMCC students immersed in Portland art scene

Students graduating from Southern Maine Community College’s art program this fall will exhibit work at the Rose Contemporary art gallery in downtown Portland in December.

The exhibit will include a variety of work that reflects the wide spectrum of art courses at Southern Maine Community College, as well as the diverse interests and independent achievements of each student:

- Carly Cooke, of Portland, will show handmade jewelry influenced by historical decorative styles and the sentimental nature of precious objects. Her materials include precious metals, gems, black enamel and teeth.

- Graham Meyer, of Portland, will display illustrative works in pen, gouache and other media that amalgamates would-be timelines and mythologies.

- Dana Smith’s pieces explore Victorian horror literature though illustrations in ink and gouache on paper.

- Aaron Troy, of Portland, will display mixed media illustrations inspired by Americana-style tattooing and the rawness of contemporary street art.

The fall 2012 class is the fifth class of students to graduate from SMCC with an Associate of Arts in liberal studies: art concentration. As the studio art program grows and expands, SMCC students have become increasingly engaged in the Portland art scene.

A reception for the artists will be held at the gallery at 492 Congress St. on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will also be on display during the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., and will remain on view through Friday, Dec. 14.

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