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Students Present Spiritus Art Show

November 08, 2010

In the spirit of remembrance, Lasell students have opened a new art exhibit that honors the spirit of influential individuals who continue to have creative impact, long after their deaths.

Three graphic design classes were involved in portraying this message in an exhibit called Spiritus, which opened on November 4th in the Wedeman Gallery at the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center.

"The class[es] did splendidly. They learned a new technique and did their best drawings. They are wowing the crowds," said Stephen Fischer, Drawing for Graphic Design professor.

The Learning to be Creative class, a first-year seminar taught by Professor Margo Lemieux, submitted artwork with the theme Luminaria, a Mexican tradition where paper bags are illuminated with a light source, such as a candle. The class created luminaria with a paper batik process, using the faces of people who have passed.

According to Lemieux, many students in her class were nervous about creating artwork and drawing, but surprised themselves in the end.

"I have never taken a drawing class before, it was difficult," said first-year student Jenna Poist, a Communications- Public Relations major. She created a piece of art showing Audrey Hepburn for the Learning to be Creative class.

After the art show, those attending the opening heard Rev. Dr. Thomas Sullivan, Director of the Center for Spiritual Life, discuss the meaning of Spiritus. He also led the group in prayer.

Later, participants were asked to say the name of someone who passed before a performance by gospel vocal group Confirmation, led by David Coleman.

In keeping with the theme of the event, Coleman said, "We are not human beings with spiritual experiences, but we are spiritual human beings with experiences. "