By Renita Bennett
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – A variety of art, both abstract and surreal, fill Camden County College’s Marlin Gallery for the 44th Annual Student Art Show.

To kick off the show there was an open house, complete with food as well as a little entertainment. The opening ceremony happened on April 20 and ran from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Many people filled the gallery, from younger to older, teachers to students, and photographers to writers.

The work in the gallery included a painting of oil on canvas titled “Octopus” by Kamarie Shelley, a silver gelatin print titled “Alyssa” by Matthew Andris, an oil painting on a real-size door titled “Robert Johnson on a door,” and a self bust plaster by Adrian Alexander. These are just a few of the works of art you will see in the Marlin Gallery.

“There is a lot of talent on campus; us students are not to be overlooked,” said Stephanie Dimiskovski, an 18-year-old photography major at CCC, who enjoyed the show. She said she loved the variety in the show and is planning on doing it next year as well.

The show wasn’t just a show, but a competition as well. Best in show went to Julia Saia for her drawing “Untitled.” First runner up was Donna Tavakolian for her work titled “Membrane Series.” Second runner up was Salome Ferry for his work titled “Sun and Flower.” Best in painting went to Ruben Garcia for his painting titled “Cleaning Supplies.” Best in photography went to M. Aaron James for his photo “Stratton on a Sunday.” Best in sculpture went to Nick Kacic for his work “Act.” Best in ceramics went to Ashley Collins for her work “The Sky’s Eye.” Best in drawing went to Kristin Arcidicono for her drawing “Blossom.”

“I was surprised at the level of talent my fellow students possess, it’s amazing,” said Matt Andris, a 21-year-old photography major at CCC, who enjoyed the show very much. As well as being featured in the show, he said he liked the wide range of artistic ability in it. He said he wants to do the next show and he cannot wait to see what the students will bring to the table.

Much of the art on display is also for sale, ranging in price from $15 to $500.

The show is running from April 20 to May 20.

Artists and visitors gather for the annual art show in Marlin Gallery. By Renita Bennett, CCC Journalism Program

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