College faculty inspire others with art
The Lassen Community College art faculty show will feature a variety of artwork from instructors, including Lynn Fuller’s digital photography piece, Pygmy Owl. Photos submitted
|Abby, a painting by Lassen Community College (LCC) art instructor Bev Mendoza, will be featured at the upcoming faculty art show.|
|Paintings by Randy Panfilio, such as this untitled oil on canvas, will be featured at the Lassen Community College faculty art show at the Lassen County Arts Council. (SEE MORE for additional photos)|
During the month of March the Lassen County Arts Council (LCAC) will be featuring the inspirational work of Lassen Community College’s (LCC) art faculty; Michael Giampaoli, Lori Collier, Randy Panfilio, Bev Mendoza, Lynn Fuller and Lois Mankins.
An artist reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the LCAC Gallery, 807 Cottage St. Susanville, honoring the artists. This reception is a great opportunity for the public to meet and visit with each of the faculty members and to find out what true inspirations each of them are as artists and instructors.
|Lassen Community College digital graphic design instructor Lori Collier will be showing her work including Bleeding Hearts, a mono print and watercolor on canvas, at an upcoming art show.||Photography from Lois Mankins will be featured at an upcoming art show. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.|
Collier graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Visual Communications/ Graphic Design. Her latest body of work is an eclectic collection of mixed mediums including eco-friendly paints and inks.
As the LCC Digital Graphic Design instructor, Collier’s advice to aspiring artists is, “Never fall in love with your own artwork. The moment you do, you lose the ability to grow as an artist and become stagnant. Always look for ways to improve and never give up searching for new ideas.”
Mankins began her career in the 1980s teaching black and white film photography and wet lab techniques.
While her instructional focus is mainly in photography, her works are diversified and include drawing, painting and sculpture. Her collection contains an accumulation of pieces that show her diversity.
Mankins said, “Never let it rest until your good is better than your best.”
|Lassen Community College art instructor Michael Giampaoli’s oil on canvas “Clouds Over Diamond Mountain” will be one of his featured pieces at the faculty art show at the Lassen County Arts Council.|
Giampaoli received his formal education attending the University of California, Berkeley where he earned a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in both studio arts and art history. Defining art as “an idea and the manipulation of the material,” he inspires students young and old to follow their passion and to see art from a new perspective.
Giampaoli said, “If a piece of art shows me a new way of looking at the world around me, then that is great art.”
Mendoza has more than 30 years of teaching experience and works in various painting and printmaking mediums such as Moku Hanga woodblock and lino cut prints.
Inspiration for her work comes from extensive travels throughout the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Greece and the Far East, visiting the world’s major art museums and private art collections along the way.
Mendoza said, “I tell students, see as much as you can, study the masters, and do what it is that excites you.”
Fuller began teaching photography at Sierra Army Depot in 1974 and began instructing the LCC Digital Photography class in 2004.
When asked about advice he would give to aspiring artists, he said, “In this day and age, it is important to be fluent with software programs associated with modern digital photography as well as knowing your camera settings and printing parameters.”
Panfilio obtained his BFA in Fine Art, Studio Practices/Painting from California State University, Chico, and his masters of fine art in figurative painting from the Academy of Art University — San Francisco.
If Panfilio could give any advice to young and inspiring artists it would be, “Learn to write well. Take every art history class available to you. That way, no matter what your field in art is, you will be able to be intellectual and coherent enough to defend yourself and your work in the world of art.”
The LCC Art 12 Gallery Operation and Exhibition class curated the LCC Faculty Art Show exhibit. Students Deb Allhiser, Michael Morales, A.J. Chan, Jacob Brennan, Owen Johnston, Jen Perez, Reg Wemple, Corinne Gale, and LCC Work Experience student Patrice Peterson interviewed the art faculty to gain valuable information.
All the students worked as a team to write and compile the artist statements, inventory/price lists, contracts, labels, flyers, reception cards, news article, including the displaying of the artwork at the LCAC Gallery under the direction of Collier.
The Art 12 class invites you to join them for this enjoyable evening of inspirational art and refreshments.
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