Published 1:18 am Saturday, April 30, 2016

Archie Parker, Andalusia, concentrates on producing a landscape in acrylic.

Archie Parker, Andalusia, concentrates on producing a landscape in acrylic.

LBW Community College will recognize excellence in the visual arts as it presents the 32nd annual student art show, May 5-12, in the Andalusia campus art gallery.

“Our students submitted individual pieces in different categories, such as drawings in black and white, drawings in color, two-dimensional design, and graphic design,” said Misti Purvis, art instructor.

“Drawing 1 students have completed a fantastic still life and are working on their photo realistic images, all done in graphite. Drawing II students created large, colorful pastel drawings along with working in color pencils,” she said.

Students also created two-dimensional Photoshop graphic design, such as covers for magazines and DVD cases and figure ground reversals, all incorporating symmetry and radial balance, she said.

Makaylin Colvin of Andalusia is a freshman art major, following in the steps of her artist mother.

“I grew up with art. My mom majored in art and we’ve created art all my life,” she said. In fact, she won county fair blue ribbons for her childhood art.

“My favorite medium is a tie between colored pencils and pastels.”

A graduate of Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., she attended Straughn Elementary through the sixth-grade, she said.

Upon completing her degree at LBW, Colvin plans to transfer to Troy University to major in graphic design.

“I’m really excited about the show. I have some pieces from last semester and this semester that I’m happy to show off.”

Carrie Hendrix of Red Level is majoring in interior design and says the drawing classes she’s had at LBW have helped her more than she imagined.

“It is helping me learn how to draw a lot better,” which is something she must be able to do in her chosen field, she said.

“I love making new things, making it look pretty. I enjoy the esthetics of it.”

Of all the pieces she will have on exhibit, her favorite is the “Lotus,” an acrylic painting she said she never thought she could do.

A graduate of Red Level High School, Hendrix is a sophomore at LBW and will complete her degree requirements fall semester. While a definite transfer institution is not yet selected, she is seriously considering Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colo.

The public is invited to attend a reception in the gallery to honor the art students on May 5, 2016, 4-6 p.m.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is located in the William H. McWhorter Learning Resource Center on the LBWCC Andalusia campus, and open for viewing Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information on the exhibit or the art program, contact Purvis at 334-881-2250 or email