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The ARTS Gallery Hosts Photography Show



The ARTS Gallery Hosts Photography Show

FEB. 28, 2002 — Four Collin County Community College District photography student scholarship winners will exhibit their work Feb. 28 - March 22, in THE ARTS gallery at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Receptions with the artists will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

Free and open to the public, the photography scholarship show features work from CCCCD student photographers Pete Canales (Dennison), Jordan Fraker (Dallas), Wendy Gollihue (Allen) and Isabelle Shaver (Dallas).

Under the direction of photography professor June Van Cleef (Allen), Canales creates platinum palladium images of abandoned buildings, backyards and interiors which he describes as being portraits of people without literally being portraits of people.

"Abandonment, solitude and loneliness will all come out in what I am doing. Depression never crosses my mind. It is the solitude. The places I photograph are very quiet in nature. I think there is beauty in decay, abandonment, loneliness and solitude. Beauty does not have to be a rose or a portrait of a person," Canales said.

Through the direction of photography professor Gary Bishop (Dallas), Fraker has learned to take his camera everywhere, documenting life and everything around him. Fraker's portfolio has been accepted at the San Francisco Art Institute, the school he plans to transfer to this fall. According to Fraker, his goal is to depict a moment in time, and he does that with what he describes as a youthful eye.

"Documentary photographs if they were taken one moment before or later would not be the same picture. I am a full-time artist. I am looking at everything with the real eye that the camera would see," he said.

Gollihue uses the platinum palladium process to create her seemingly three-dimensional images and primarily shoots interiors and documentary photographs under the instruction of photography professor Byrd Williams (Garland). Gollihue believes one of her documentary photographs of an old Chevrolet truck with the word "America" in the background represents the U.S. right now.

"I am a country girl, and I wanted to venture out to the places where the grass and the gravel met. When you get to these areas you see abandonment. There is an emptiness out there and vulnerability. It is about a loss of a time and place," said Gollihue.

Under the direction of photography professor Byrd Williams (Garland), Shaver creates non-traditional portraits using existing light to portray the feeling that she wants to achieve. Shaver's subjects are shot from extreme angles to give an edgy feel to the portraits.

"People are what make my pictures possible. My environmental portraits have a very urban feel to them. Romanticizing is not what I am trying to portray to the viewer, but rather I am trying to expose a raw energy or personality," she said

For more information, call THE ARTS gallery at 972-881-5873 or visit the web site at iws.ccccd.edu/vmayhan/gallery/. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.