Goessel student to have art showcased at Bethel

Eight Bethel College seniors have work on display during the final weeks of the school year.

The Senior Art Exhibit will be in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Commencement Sunday, May 19.

Gallery hours are weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays, 2-4 p.m., with extended hours during commencement weekend, May 17-19. There is no admission charge.

The artist reception is May 17 from 7-9 p.m. outside the gallery. The public is invited.

Jesus “Chuy” Alba, an art major from Dallas, is showing acrylic paintings in a collection he calls “Reflejando on i.”

“[This exhibit is] dark-toned, but filled with life using hints of color, gold and glitter,” Alba’s artist statement says. “I want to place viewers in my space in hopes that they can find an understanding of who I truly am as an individual. The goal is to open minds.”

Sarah Booth, an art major from Goessel, has titled her senior show “Surviving AND Thriving.”

In her artist statement, Booth addresses a reality – mental illness – that affects millions of people worldwide.

“I took what mental health feels like for someone on the inside, and portrayed it on the outside using black-and-white digital photography. … My hope is that the viewer can make a connection to the struggles being displayed, and to provide a space where a conversation can happen and bring more light to this subject.”

Other students will be showcased at the show as well.