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Artwork by JTCC Students Goes on Display

Posted on January 03, 2014

By Holly Walker

The work of several JTCC art students will be part of Richmond’s art scene for the month of January. The artwork is being displayed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on E. Grace Street, which is part of Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. The exhibit, which runs January 3 – 31, features 22 portraits for the Memory Project.

The Memory Project is an initiative that gives children from all over the world who have been abandoned, orphaned, abused or neglected a personal keepsake. During the fall semester, the students in Professor Colin Ferguson’s Painting III and Painting IV classes studied photographs of children from Nepal. Then, using the techniques they learned in class, they put their brushes to work and painstakingly painted portraits of each child. Shy smiles, mischievous grins, and faces full of hope emerged. “I think it’s wonderful that we paint portraits of kids from other cultures and give them as gifts,” says Bob Wynne, one of the student artists. “I think it’s just great that John Tyler does this.” Eleanor Rose, another artist, agrees. “I think it’s good for these children to have something of value. I hope it will help them realize they are valuable.” In mid-February, the portraits will be sent to the children featured in them.

This is the eighth year John Tyler Community College has participated in the Memory Project. In past semesters, Ferguson and his students have painted portraits of children from Vietnam, Afghanistan, Peru, Uganda, Myanmar, Haiti and Ecuador. The College’s participation in this project is supported by the John Tyler Community College Foundation. Photographs of the portraits may be found on the College’s Flickr page at www.flickr.com/johntylercc. For more information about The Memory Project, visit www.thememoryproject.org.

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