Crème de la Crème showcases Alumni of Distinction

Tyler Reese | Staff Writer

Nov. 13, 2014

Fishy: “The Gift of the Sea” by artist Marijke Terwisscha is a stylistic and cultural representation presenting fertility and life in a depiction of a mermaid sitting on the world and the sea. TYLER REESE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Brilliant and artistic does very little to describe the masterpieces the alumni art students of Riverside City College have on display. “Crème de la Crème: Alumni of Distinction” is the first art show of its kind on RCC’s campus.

“We’ve been thinking about doing an alumni show for quite awhile,” said Leslie Brown, Art Coordinator for the exhibit. “I think part of our job here at the art gallery is to really help our students make decisions about their careers, and to move forward with their careers.”

The pieces themselves were hand-picked by the full time staff members of the art department. Each staff member was given the responsibility to choose two to three pieces. From the alumni submissions, only 14 were chosen to have their pieces on display.

The art exhibition displays a wide variety of mediums from clay sculptures to painted canvases and blown glass.

Not only are the pieces on display but a select amount are for sale and can be purchased through the art gallery.

The gallery charges a percentage for selling a piece, which helps fund it.

The majority of the works in the gallery were primarily clay sculptures that were scattered around on different display tables. Canvas paintings saturated the walls with the occasional graphite drawings.

“We felt that we really showed how far people went and how successful they were,” Brown said. “That it’s inspiring, very inspiring to see their works.”

“Crème de la Crème: Alumni of Distinction” art gallery opened Sept. 23 and will remain open until Nov. 21. The art exhibition is located in quad room 140 and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m.