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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 6:41 pm | Updated: 7:42 pm, Wed Sep 4, 2019.

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Members of the community observe and interact with exhibits and artists during the faculty art exhibit at the Golding-Yang Art gallery in the Claypool Young Art building on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Elle Howard Elle Howard

Instructors had their chance to show off their work on Wednesday, September 4 during the opening night of the faculty art gallery.

Students like Amber Meckley said that the annual art show at the Golding-Yang Art Gallery is a great way to view the instructor’s knowledge on a variety of mediums.  

“You never know how the instructors work on their own stuff and you don’t really ever get to see their own art work,” said Meckley. 

The opening reception featured a variety of artistic styles including, paintings, watercolors, pottery, oil paintings, alternative process photography and more.   

Gary Mesa-Gaido said that he had to go through many bad ideas before he could really settle on a few good pieces that he thought looked the best but were also a good fit for the show.

“To get to those eight parts for that piece I had to go through a lot of bad ideas,” said Mesa-Gaido, professor of Art and Design. “I had about 60 different ideas I looked through.”

One thing he said he hopes people can get from these galleries are people being able to start a conversation about the artwork and learn about how an artist thinks.

 “It gives anyone an opportunity to come and see how artists see the world and how they communicate,” said Mesa-Gaido. “And, to see something fresh and new and maybe start a dialogue, start a conversation.”

Toni Hobbs said that exhibitions like this are especially important to places like Morehead. 

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Toni Hobbs stands for a photo by her painting during the faculty art exhibit at the Golding-Yang Art gallery in the Claypool Young Art building on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Elle Howard Elle Howard

“We don’t necessarily have access to the outside of Eastern Kentucky and I feel like this situation is really awesome for students because they don’t have to travel somewhere they can just come in here and see art and enjoy it,” said Hobbs.

The last day to visit the faculty exhibition is Friday, October 18.