Dordt College News

Mulder and Kunnari featured in art show

September 17, 2009

Art Exhibit

An alumni art exhibit by Sara Mulder (Class of ’03) and Matt Kunnari (Class of ’06) is on display at the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery through Oct. 14. The show features their recent work in painting and mixed media.

An opening reception for the show will be Saturday, Sept. 19, from 5-7 p.m., with Mulder and Kunnari discussing their work at 6 p.m.

Sara Mulder is a resident of Harrisburg, S.D., and teaches art at Sioux Falls Christian High School. She says her portion of the exhibit is as much about the materials as it is about what she is trying to convey.

“I have realized in my years following my formal art training that I desire my work to be about pushing the limits of what is considered painting material as well as discovering how those materials relate and react to each other.”

Her hope for those viewing her work is, “that you see the parts of the landscapes as places you have been, are right now, or maybe where one day you will be led. One part cannot exist by itself; there must be the various layers. There is a place where we have all come from. There are tasks we are all called to perform right now. And we can be sure our days and years ahead will not be absent of clouds or storms, yet still we are promised greater things through a living hope.”

Art Exhibit

Matt Kunnari lives in Sioux Center and operates the Humble Bean on the campus of Dordt College. He calls his portion of the exhibit a testament to “this town, this place, this lifestyle,” featuring the farm fresh produce, exuberant trees, cityscapes and landscapes that he says are witnesses to God.

But while noting the beauty, he has also seen waste, and Kunnari arrived at the conclusion they cannot be separated. “We need to examine both and realize that our actions have consequences and that our consequences require action.” Thus he has tried to create things of beauty from materials that many chose to discard.

“I hope the works here today are beautiful but also a reminder that we need to be mindful.”

The public is invited to this free art exhibition. The Campus Center Art Gallery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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