Fuse and Photo clubs bring pros to campus

Photo by ALLYSIA FINE | The Ranger Chris Kelly, a med lab major, participates in activities of the Fuse Arts Club.
Photo by ALLYSIA FINE | The Ranger
Chris Kelly, a med lab major, participates in activities of the Fuse Arts Club.

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Of the many Amarillo College organizations, two clubs that focus on creativity and art are the Fuse Arts Club and the Photography Club.

Members of each club say they have exciting workshops planned as well as guest speakers and other activities this semester.

Fuse Arts will bring a composite sketch artist and is planning a club trip at the end of the semester.

The Photography Club will continue its San Jacinto Elementary School program, “Camera Club House.” The club also will host a copyright lawyer and a tintype artist this semester.

Stephen Mancusi will visit Fuse Arts Club’s members from April 28 to May 1. He is a nationally known composite sketch artist, an ex-New York City police officer and author of The Police Composite Sketch.

“I was just fascinated by the idea of composite sketching,” said Stephanie Jung, co-sponsor of the Fuse Arts Club, about the art of drawing a suspect from a witness’s description.

Jung and the club’s president, Denisha Kranthoven, both explained that Mancusi will do two two-day workshops as well as a concurrent four-day workshop.

“To have him on campus for four days is pretty exceptional,” Jung said, “and I’m just really excited about what we are going to be able to do in that time.”

The four-day workshop, funded by the Student Government Association, will deal with a more advanced level of composite sketching techniques, and students from the visual arts department and the criminal justice department will be invited to attend.

“We are trying to figure out how to get the people who would really benefit from the workshop,” Jung explained.

Details about the end-of-the-semester trip are not known yet, but Kranthoven explained that it is “just something to do as a club.”

As for the Photography Club, copyright lawyer Chris Stewart will speak at 6 p.m. March 25 in Russell Hall on the Washington Street Campus.

“Stewart is coming to talk about copyright issues and contracts for photographer and legal issues involved with those,” said Brent Cavanaugh, a photography instructor and club sponsor.

Another guest speaker, Brianna Burnet, will speak at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Oak Room of the College Union Building on the Washington Street Campus about tintype, a historical process that was used to make photographs

on metal plates. Her tintype exhibit, “Retold,” is displayed in the Southern Light Gallery on the first floor of Lynn Library.

Cavanaugh said students who attend the workshops will get information about the business of photography and will be around people who like photography.

Upcoming events for the club include making Easter photos for students and staff and an ID card shoot for faculty.

“The ID cards that we have are usually not that great, so we use more professional lighting to take pictures,” Cavanaugh said.

Both clubs welcome new members anytime, and members insist they don’t have to be photography or art majors.

The Fuse Arts Club meets at 2 p.m. Mondays in 114 Russell Hall and has a Facebook page at Fuse Arts at Amarillo College.

The Photography Club meets at 5 p.m. each second and fourth Thursday in 315 Parcells Hall and can be found via Facebook at Amarillo College Photography Club.

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