By Carolyn Carpino
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The Marlin Art Gallery at Camden County College in Blackwood on Nov. 12 held the opening artists’ reception for the 2014 Faculty Art Exhibition. Faculty members who are displaying artwork in the exhibition, as well as other faculty members and students, attended the gathering.

Phil Rychert, art technician, shows one of his mixed media sculptures, “Portal”. By Carolyn Carpino, CCC Journalism Program.

Phil Rychert, art technician, spoke about one of his mixed media pieces displayed in the exhibition, “Helix Confined.” “It is made out of mostly glass, wood, stone and the base is made out of metal. It is lit with LED lights and everything is held together with ultraviolet glue,” said Rychert. “I broke a piece of safety glass and used it to fill the pillars. It’s tedious work gluing each piece of glass. I did a detailed, architectural drawing of it first.”

Rychert said it took nine months to finish his piece of artwork. “I was always into little reflective and meditative pieces. I liked combining the natural stone and man-made pieces. Sometimes, things in nature and that are man-made are not in harmony, but this, I think, is.”

Joanna Platt, adjunct professor, who specializes in media sculpting, displayed a mixed-media piece, “Pollenate.” Platt said the inspiration for her work came partially from her involvement in the gallery collective, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, when much of her artwork was placed in crates because the gallery participated in a traveling show.

Other faculty members and students who attended the exhibition said they enjoyed seeing the works of art.

Linda Klingler, faculty member, said, “I think all the work is fabulous and it’s really nice to see we have working artists as teachers.”

Nicole Kovach, a 23-year-old photography major, said she has attended the exhibition several times and admires the work displayed by faculty. “I love Coy Gu’s artwork. All of his stuff is amazing. I love the ‘Flower of Humanity #2′ by Kay Klotzbach, too. It is really beautiful,” said Kovach. “I think it’s great that the teachers get to show their work because during class time, it’s more about the students’ work.”

Studio art major Kevin Schaible said his favorite piece in the art exhibition was “The Debaucherous,” a painting made with oil, acrylic and oil markers by Gu.

The Faculty Art Exhibition will be at the Marlin Art Gallery in Room 24 of Lincoln Hall until Dec. 10. Gallery hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, with additional hours upon request.

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