Parkland College Art and Design Faculty Exhibit

August 19-September 21

(Gallery closed September 2 for Labor Day)

  • Reception: Thursday, August 22, 5:30–7:30 pm, Gallery Lounge; gallery talk at 6:30 pm by Melinda McIntosh and music by the Cobra Lounge Trio
  • Special workshop for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, September 21, noon–2pm

This annual showcase featuring the work of Parkland's faculty artists runs through September 21 and includes sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, photography, metals, ceramics, and graphic design. Exhibiting faculty members include Chris Berti, Shawn Fairchild, Stacey Gross, Bryan Heaton, Paula McCarty, Melinda McIntosh, Laura O'Donnell, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Sheila Schneider, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, and Liza Wynette.

At the reception on August 22, Melinda McIntosh, part-time faculty in the Art and Design program at Parkland College, will discuss her painting, drawing, and printmaking work featured in the exhibition. "Plein air painting doesn't just belong to the Impressionists in the art history books. It is still very much alive and offers many challenges different from the studio experience." Ms. McIntosh says. "Not only do you have the usual concerns with color, light, and composition, you now have a race against time. With the sun shifting throughout the day, your colors and shadows also change, forcing plein air painters to work alla prima or in three-hour increments. In recent years, I've been attending plein air competitions to hone my craft and to network with other artists. These events vary from juried to open competitions displaying a variety of work, painting styles, and levels of experience."

A special workshop for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day will be offered on Saturday, September 21. You're invited to drop in anytime between noon to 2 pm and celebrate the creative potential in all of us by making butterfly and insect-themed wearable art/jewelry with Parkland faculty and students. This year's unique, fun activity is free and offers an opportunity for the public to create together while connecting with the arts. All supplies will be provided. This program is best for ages 6 to adult, and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The 2019 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, noon to 2 pm. The gallery will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.