(left) Ceramic cups and bowls sold for $1-4. All products made by students. (right) Authentic jewelry items at show. Some sold for up to hundreds of dollars.

Art sale connects students with Bend community

Local art students looking to share their art with their community were provided an opportunity to do so this past week.

In conjunction with the ceramics department, the Student Art Nexus hosted a student art sale. Tables and booths were provided for students, who were encouraged to set up their own stand to showcase their work.

Ceramic cups and bowls went for $1-$4 a pop, while some jewelry items were priced in the $100s.

A step up from last term’s “crackpot sale” held in the ceramics room, Wednesday’s sale was just a small example of what Martin Denning, the club’s student director, hopes to see happen in the future.

Nexus can be defined as a connection or series of connections – the goal of COCC’s Student Art Nexus is to connect students and artists with the greater Bend community through artistic exchange, barter, and mentorship.

In addition to quarterly art sales, the club is planning a few other projects to strengthen the art community. Short-term goals include creating a work space in Ochoco, coordinating grant writing efforts, and continuing to collaborate with artists and students to find and address the needs of the community.

The Student Art Nexus also holds frequent “rummages,” where students can sort through old, unused supplies, for artistic or practical use. When do these happen?

“Whenever someone opens a closet,” said Martin Denning, the club’s student director.

Long term goals include a community collaborative workspace in town that would be open to the public and free for student use; a mission-finding event held on a First Friday, to discuss what the group could do for the community; and to take advantage of the new Mural Code passed by the Arts, Beautification, and Culture Commission which allows for mural signs in Bend’s Maker’s District.

Martin Denning, the club’s student director, also hopes to build a team in the next term to help the club bring its vision to fruition.

Students can visit the club’s website (www.sanex.us) to inquire for more information and check out the club’s upcoming events.

 

Marissa Funk | The Broadside

Contact: mfunk2@cocc.edu

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