Last Friday, a commotion bursted from an upstairs ballroom in the Student Union Building. Entering the room, there were smiling faces all around, laughing and chatting with one another.
The live, acoustic guitar melody playing in the background from the musician casually sitting in the corner set a soothing and inviting mood. And the huge spread of snacks and appetizers filled the room with a pleasantly delicious aroma.
But what was most appealing about the busy room was the articulate art filling it. Feb. 28 marked the opening reception for the art exhibition, “Opening Doors: A Glimpse into the Artist Minds.”
This exhibition contained various pieces of art, many made with media such as acrylic on canvas, found object assemblage, watercolor and porcelain. The common theme throughout the exhibit pertained to doors. Many of the doors created by artists were covered in words, symbols or pictures, all with different messages which were left up to interpretation by the viewers.
There were also many other pieces in the gallery which were unique all on their own. Artist Susan Rooke had several pieces on display, created with hand-built clay under glazes, all of which were focused upon different faces, often times with bodies and elements of nature.
“I like the interaction between the human and animals, it’s genuine” said Rooke.
Rooke explained how some of her favorite pieces have come from accidents, so you never know what you may create until after you have started.
Another talented artist with art on display at the exhibit was Patt Turner, a former art professor at Boise State. Her “Arab Springs Series, Foment” was created by graphite on paper, and she explained her motivation for the piece was inspired from her “interest in making energy.”
When asked what benefits Boise State students could obtain from having such a diverse art exhibition here on campus she replied, “All students should be exposed to good art; it is a huge part of education.”
“Opening Doors” will be on display through March 25.