By JENNA GIBSON, Ranger Reporter:
The term “art is in the eye of the beholder” rang true on Nov. 4 at the Apple of My Eye juried art exhibition at Amarillo College’s Downtown Campus.
More than 60 people attended the event. From Amarillo patrons to AC students, everyone enjoyed a night of art, refreshments and good company.
“This show is an important project for The School of Creative Arts because it involves not only our department and the arts, but our community. It parallels the cultural arts designation Amarillo was newly awarded,” Victoria Taylor-Gore, the dean of the School of Creative Arts, said. “Amarillo is becoming a cultural arts center, and for us to bring in amateur artists, professionals and students gets the community to be more aware of art, as well as our contribution to the arts in this area,” Taylor-Gore added.
Dean of Continuing Education Toni Gray said, “Victoria came up with the apple theme while we were in a meeting one day
because everyone has a different interpretation of apples. Our goal was to reintroduce the downtown campus to the community. I didn’t just want to have an open house, so that’s why we collaborated. I wanted to spotlight downtown, and Victoria wanted to spotlight art, so we thought we’d mesh the two together and this is what we came up with.”
Awards were given from first place to an honorable mention, and all that placed received an award.
Keeley Bahn, a childhood development major, was one of the few students whose art was displayed in the show. Bahn was awarded an honorable mention.
“I saw the opportunity to enter the show and went for it. Art is a fun hobby of mine, but this
was my first art show to participate in. It was really rewarding to see my art hang up on the wall and to receive an honorable mention,” Bahn said.
All of the pieces are for sale and proceeds from the exhibit will go towards the Mardy Lemmons scholarship for AC art students and the AC Food Pantry, as well as a portion to the artists.
The Apple of My Eye exhibit will be hanging up at AC’s Downtown Campus until Nov. 13. Apple of My Eye is co-sponsored by Center City Amarillo and Panhandle PBS.