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First-year art students host gallery on campus Special

Posted Mar 24, 2013 by Alexandra Christopoulos
Moments before the gallery doors opened at the university of Guelph-Humber, the tell-all signs of an exhibition were everywhere, complete with linen draped tables, food and drink, soft background music,and of course, the works of art themselves.
First year visual and digital art students at Guelph-Humber open their first gallery.
First year visual and digital art students at Guelph-Humber open their first gallery.
It was an experience not soon to be forgotten for first year visual and digital arts students, who were allowed to choose their two best pieces for the occasion. Their professor, Noni Kaur, said she was especially proud.
"This was a big night. It's a very big thing, to take part in a show. Most of them have not exhibited their works," said Kaur.
Her last advice to the students, before visitors started to come in, was to relax and enjoy.
"Enjoy every moment, because you don't get to have your first exhibition again," said Kaur. "Savour the moment, relish everything.":
The event, called " VADA: The Drawing Show," showcased the students' works and gave the public a glimpse of what was learned in class.
Public takes a look at student artwork in Vada: The Drawing Room  on exhibition until April 5.
Public takes a look at student artwork in Vada: The Drawing Room, on exhibition until April 5.
Self portraits seemed to be an underlying theme in many of the works, but how the students chose to present themselves was left entirely up to them. Some even drew themselves as their favourite superhero or as a historical figure, like Einstein. The challenge, or objective of the students' final pieces, was to capture an emotion they thought best described them. The official opening was also hosted by students in event management planning, on March 20. However, the gallery will be open until April 5.
Genius  by Gregg Merritt.
Genius, by Gregg Merritt.
Superhero  by Sehar Kaleem.
Superhero, by Sehar Kaleem.
Locked in a Mosaic  by Sharddha Kumar.
Locked in a Mosaic, by Sharddha Kumar.
A caricaturist was also included as part of the evening, where visitors could sit in the middle of the gallery while having their portrait. Hassan Saeed said he was impressed with the finished result, as well as the student works on display.
Caricature at Vada art exhibition.
Caricature at Vada art exhibition.
First year student artist Emelia said she felt humbled by the turnout and was comfortable about her portrait capturing who she really is.
"If the building were on fire, I would grab my portrait that is in the display right now," she said, adding she wanted to portrayed as fun-loving, silly and optimistic.