PLAINVIEW – Five seniors from Wayland Baptist University have combined their artistic talent and the best of their work in an art exhibit titled “Visions,” now on display at the Abraham Art Gallery through Dec. 14.
The exhibit is part of a senior practicum required for art majors and minors, and gives the students hands-on experience in selecting pieces, mounting and hanging artwork and preparing for a gallery show.
The five seniors featured in the show are Jay Coleman, Santos Guerrero, Latasha Miller, Curtis Morales and Donna Webb.
A native of Crosbyton, Jay Coleman is the youngest of eight children born to Bobbie Mae Coleman and Joe L. Coleman. Coleman said his art talent began blooming at a young age, with a drawing of his dog at age six and a book cover contest he won at age nine. He said his work reflects his life and he works in a loose representational style.
Coleman’s goals are to teach art and coach basketball, and he dreams of starting an art school for children.
Guerrero was born in Lockney and raised in Olton. Although he always enjoyed art, Guerrero said he never realized his talent and what he could do with his artwork. He said much of his work is inspired by his life and his distinctive views of life. Religion and family are two major components of his work.
“Religion inspires my work because without God, I would not be here,” Guerrero said.
Now a resident of Plainview, Guerrero is also employed by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
A native of El Paso, Miller is a double major in art and mass communication. She describes herself as a late bloomer artistically, never having considered art as a major field of study until taking a few courses at Wayland. She enjoys painting primarily, and draws inspiration from her family and from Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art at WBU, who encouraged her and helped her hone her techniques.
Miller hopes to work in the field of animation, allowing her to combine her various majors and her speech minor.
Morales is an art and English major from Anton, graduating third in his class and on an accelerated schedule. He then spent a year in California, a time he said changed him.
“I changed the most and was influenced by life and people’s expectations and ambitions,” Morales said. “Art is life and life is art. If for just one moment we could all capture its essence and communicate through that, it would be heaven on earth, stretched across a canvas.”
Morales describes his work as somewhat surreal, inspired by artists like Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher and others. He uses large scales and bold color planes, manipulated perspectives and much symbolism.
A native of Floydada, Webb is married to Tracy Webb and is the mother of two sons, Robert and Randy. She prefers watercolor and acrylic painting, but also works in pencil and has handmade jewelry in the exhibit. She hopes to teach art after graduation.
Returning to college after many years away, Webb said God has opened her mind and heart and has taught her much during this educational journey. She finds inspiration and vision from God through much prayer and much of her work reflects a deep spirituality.
“My desire is to express the gift he gives me in such a way that one must stop, look closely, think and feel deeply his presence,” Webb said. “I pray that those willing will see him.”
Admission to the exhibit is free to the public and is open during regular gallery hours. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 2-5 p.m.