On Friday night the Shore Art Gallery will host an opening for the first senior art show of the spring, “The Fifth Dimension.”
Works will be displayed by Sara Beth Almquist, interior design major from Spring, Michael McCarty, graphic design major from Grapevine, Hannah Barnes, graphic design major from El Paso, Briana Dinella, interior design major from McPherson, KS, and Zack Giuliani, art major from Parker, CO.
A great deal goes into preparing a gallery and this being the first of the semester presents a few difficulties.
“It is a little bit hectic,” said Giuliani, “just because we get to jump in in the very beginning of the semester. We’ve already put about 20 hours in and we probably have another 20 more to go.”
Setting up a gallery requires selecting works, designing the space, framing and hanging pieces and organizing food, music and many other aspects for opening night.
“It’s a cool experience to get to see how much work goes in behind the scenes,” said Giuliani. “Usually you just go to a show and see the art on the wall without thinking of the food, the music or the setting. You have to take into account a lot more things that you don’t really think about.”
However, the beginning of the semester also marks one of the least stressful parts of the year.
“I haven’t been stressed at all,” said Dinella. “It’s great not having to worry about finals. Over the break I was able to look at all my work and get it together and we actually had an extra day on saturday to look at the gallery and see what we were going to do.”
These five students represent a range of disciplines that include interior design, graphic design, painting, illustration and sculpture that will bring a variety to the show.
“I have tried to be broad with my art through drawing, painting, illustration, graphic design and sculpture,” said Giuliani. “I’m just trying to broaden my chances of finding a job in the real world.”
The artists have friends from ACU as well as family and others from out of town visiting for a chance to see their work.
“My family will be able to see my improvements over the years and what my college degree is actually doing,” said Dinella.
The set up began only on Monday and the students push on to finish before the gallery opens at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Shore Art Gallery. Free.