Blinn-Bryan student art club show to benefit Aggieland Humane Society

Art 4 Paws will host exhibit at Square One in downtown Bryan Oct. 29-Nov. 1

Art 4 Paws will host exhibit at Square One in downtown Bryan Oct. 29-Nov. 1

October 18, 2019

Colton Wiggins, president of the Blinn College-Bryan Campus Art Club, was determined to organize an event that accomplished two things—highlight the artistic talent of Blinn’s students and support a community organization.

“I wanted to create a way for students to learn about the art world and have their work shown,” said Wiggins. “But as we started planning the event, we realized this show could have a larger purpose – we could help a local organization.”

Through his efforts and the dedication of the other Art Club members, the idea for the upcoming benefit for the Aggieland Humane Society was born.

Art 4 Paws will feature Blinn student artwork available for purchase through a silent auction Tuesday, Oct.29, through Friday, Nov. 1. Hosted at Square One in downtown Bryan, artwork will be on display daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with half of sales proceeds benefitting the humane society.

“Planning this event is a really great learning opportunity for me as a studio art major,” said Katelyn Larsen, who specializes in Western art and pastel work. “We’re a college club, so there was a strong consensus among members to help the community by focusing on a local charity.”

The Art Club meets weekly and brings together students with a shared passion and interest in art. With a membership that ranges from 10 to 25 students, the club’s activities include field trips to area museums and ceramics workshops.

The art on display at Art 4 Paws will feature a curated selection of 20 to 30 works by Blinn students reflecting various mediums, including photography, acrylic painting, and three-dimensional pieces. Artwork for the benefit will be selected during a juried art show held on the Blinn-Bryan Campus during the week of Oct. 21.

“Students will gain experience by having their work evaluated by a jury and get a true sense of what it’s like to establish a reputation in the art world,” said Blinn Art Professor Todd Overstreet, faculty sponsor of the club. “This event exposes them to a unique professional development opportunity while serving to also benefit the community.”

The Aggieland Humane Society is located in Bryan and provides humane care and placement for homeless and abandoned animals while seeking to enhance the quality of life for the people and animals in the Brazos Valley community.

A reception with light refreshments will close out the benefit Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-9:00 p.m. For more information about Art 4 Paws, contact Wiggins at Bucartclub@gmail.com. To learn more about the Art Club or Blinn’s other student organizations, visit www.blinn.edu/student-leadership-activities.

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