Second Annual Student Art Exhibit and Sale

Colby Echo (Charlotte Marratta)

On Friday April 27, the lobby of Colby’s career center, DavisConnects, was transformed into a student art sale. From 3–6:00 p.m. a group of 14 Colby students had the opportunity to showcase art created both in and out of College classes. With light music in the background, students and professors alike walked around the lobby studying the work. Studio art major Molly Wu ’18, along with students Jake Lester ’18, Ben Freeland ’20, and Jake Young ’20 organized the event. “I decided to put the art sale together because I started talking to some people and we realized that, other than the Senior Art Show, there isn’t a platform for students to look at art that other students have made,” Wu said. The sale included a diverse array of talent, with students selling sculptures, cupcakes, pen drawings, intaglio prints, paintings, photo books, t-shirts, handmade notebooks, watercolors, and more.

Wu and her peers organized the event by contacting professors and artists to spread the word. “We found artists through connections of other art students that we knew from our classes in various mediums,” Wu explained. Wu herself sold handmade books with colorful print covers. After taking a bookbinding course during JanPlan, Wu fell in love with creating handmade notebooks using the bookbindery located in the basement of the chapel on campus. “I really love sharing my art and I had an ample number of books. Also, as a senior, I don’t have much use for a lot of the art that I’ve made anymore, I can only write in so many journals and hang so many prints, so it feels really great to have other people come and want to buy and look at your work,” Wu said. Wu sold her pieces for $15–25 depending on the materials used and size of each book.

Madeline Vinh ’20 sold beautifully-painted wheel thrown bowls, vases, and pots for anywhere from $10 to $20. “It’s a multistep process that starts with a lump of clay on the wheel and ends with glazing, which is a pretty unpredictable process. I try to make functional pottery that brings beauty into everyday actions,” Vinh said. Vinh’s art was rich with blues, greens, and floral prints. President of the Pottery Club at Colby, Vinh is responsible for helping to grow and run the club. After receiving an email from the Student Government Association (SGA) about the art sale, Vinh was excited about the new opportunity to display visual art. She explained, “A lot of visual art isn’t highly performative, so the community seems pretty invisible on campus sometimes. I also had never sold my pottery before and was curious about the process. It was extremely valuable to talk to other artists and spectators about what monetary value art should and does have.”

At a table nearby, Marin Coletta ’21 sold original pen drawings inspired by her home of Bozeman, Montana for $10 each. The drawings were mainly landscapes of mountains and trees, drawn in black pen and set upon a larger white piece of paper. Excited by the success of the art sale, Coletta is looking forward to continuing to sell her paintings, prints, and drawing in future Colby art sales. “It was a lovely way to exhibit work and learn from the other extremely talented students here at Colby,” she said.

With around $800 worth of art sold, the sale was absolutely a success, and Wu commented that “Many students in the event have already expressed interest in carrying on the event after the seniors who originally organized it have graduated.”