Fleer Student’s Fairy Tale of a Senior Show

By Emily Ramser

photo 1-2    Salem College is exhibiting work from graduating seniors Danny Ekstrand and Sara Lee
Tolbert. The exhibition opening reception will be on Friday May 6 from 6-8pm and will be shown at the Elberson Fine Arts Center from May 6 through May 21.

    Two graduating seniors, Danny Erkstrand and Sara Lee Tolbert, are exhibiting their senior shows in the Elberson Fine Arts Center this May. The exhibit, titled Chromatic Origin, will be in the Fine Arts Center from Mary 6 through May 21.

    Erkstand’s works are based in a fairytales. He was inspired by Charles Perrault’s stories such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Tom Thumb. He also pulled inspiration from Gustave Dore’s illustrations of Perrault’s stories.

    “I chose these stories because they were the most beautiful and the most violent,” says Erkstrand. Erkstrand’s show is composed of five large scale pieces on panel, one series of 20 small collages and one large installation piece. All of the works will be available for purchase.

    “I would love for my work to convey a more is more aesthetic,” says Erkstrand. “I really want people to be transported into a fantastic world of color and texture when they view my pieces.”

    In order to accomplish this goal, Erkstrand employed a variety of 3D materials including tape, scraps of canvas, needles and gold leaf. Additionally, his installation piece includes yarn, wool and cardboard.

    Erkstrand and Tolbert’s exhibit’s opening reception will be on Friday May 6 from 6 to 8pm.

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