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Dordt College senior art work on display

February 23, 2012

The first of three senior art exhibits to be presented during the spring semester will be on display in the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery from February 24 to March 22. An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. with an artist’s talk at 2 p.m.

Graduating seniors Gary Huitsing, Kim Brinkerhoff, Rindy De Nooy, and Melissa Visser are displaying a variety of art works and media production work in graphic design, fine art prints, drawing, painting, photography, multimedia sculpture, and film production. The primary art medium on display is printmaking, a time consuming, labor-intensive process of making identical, multiple images with ink using linoleum blocks, zinc plates, and lithographic limestones as the printing base.

Gary Huitsing, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is double majoring in graphic design and digital media production, and he will be displaying drawings, prints, photography, and film production work co-produced with Brett Leyendekker from Visalia, California. In addition to retirement videos for Dr. Edwin Geels from Dordt’s chemistry department and outgoing president Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, Huitsing and Leyendekker produced an award-winning production with Prairie Grass Productions called Sioux County Agriculture. The Iowa Motion Picture Association awarded them achievement awards in Long Form and College Documentary for student production for the agriculture film. Huitsing designed the cover art for the DVDs, and he is currently on the Los Angeles Film Studies semester in California.

Kim Brinkerhoff, from Branchville, New Jersey, is an art education major and is currently off campus conducting a teaching practicum in Asheville, North Carolina. She is displaying a wide range of media works in painting, drawing, ceramics, and printmaking, along with collaborative sculpture tracing the biblical account of Jonah and the whale.

Rindy De Nooy is a graphic design major from Sioux Center, Iowa, and is displaying samples of graphic design and a printmaking method called “relief” using linoleum blocks where images are cut out in reverse, producing bright and contrasting impressions in black and white.

Melissa Visser is from Oskaloosa, Iowa, and is a graphic design and fine art studio major. She is showing a variety of prints including multicolor lithographic prints from stone and ceramic work. She recently assisted Jake Van Wyk in building a wood-fired kiln that reaches temperatures of 2350 degrees.

The exhibit is free to the public and on display each day of the week in the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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