A new gallery has opened in The Ullman Center at Dawson Community College. Come on over. Take a look. See what’s showing on the walls of the IMPROMPTU GALLeRy.
The evolution of our new gallery happened like this. Tucker Bolton an artist from Miles City (Tucker’s and Glenna’s website: http://laughinggoddess.org/  where you can see their earth ship in progress) was at the Opus Society’s fabulous Taste of Dawson festival, on Saturday, August 29th, as an artist in the Quick Draw event. While Tucker was at DCC, he wanted to see the space in GALLeRy 126 where he and three of his art friends, Marcus Hartse, Mark Browning, and Vida Landa, are having a show during December and January. When Tucker saw the gallery, he wished for more exhibit space and found it in The Ullman Center. I said okay, cool. You can exhibit in both places.
Shortly after that George Blakely, Director of Physical Plant, and Justin Cross, Dean of Administrative Services, were doing building inspection in The Ullman Center and noticed the innumerable little holes in the walls in front of the Art Room. They were dismayed, but it was agreed we needed to get rid of the holes, and keep the art. As a result, the IMPROMPTU GALLeRy was born. The development process was set into action. I wrote the requisition; Justin authorized it, and Patty Thompson, Accounts Payable Technician, ordered the needed supplies. Gary Deines, Maintenance Engineer, installed the picture rails. Troy Legato, Custodian, gave everything a polish and I, Gretchen Bederman, art instructor, began hanging the artwork. Our teamwork paid off with this great new gallery.
Most art galleries plan their exhibit schedule about a year in advance. That’s how we schedule GALLeRy 126 shows, and the Fall and Spring Student Art Exhibits only come once a year for a couple of weeks. The beauty of the IMPROMPTU GALLeRy is the spontaneity. The ongoing exhibit is growing from week to week. Student art work is in the making throughout each semester. In addition, artists from the community will be on exhibit in the IMPROMPTU GALLeRy. Our first guest artist is Michael Meissner. Some of his surrealist style artworks are now on exhibit through November. Lacey Lee, a DCC sophomore artist and Business technology major will be exhibiting her work from November 23rd – December 11th.
A couple of days ago, Dean Cross came by to see his good work in the Ullman Center. He liked it so much, he said, let’s expand. So once again, as described in paragraph three, we are working that process to bring more artwork to the walls of the IMPROMPTU GALLeRy for your viewing pleasure. We expect to have the complete hanging system in place in time for the Ain’t We Got Fun . . . exhibit opening December 14th.
To top it off, we have a distinctive metal sign for the IMPROMPTU GALLeRy, thanks to the collaboration between Devon Obergfell, a student in Brent Nelson’s Welding Technology Program Metal Fabrication class and Art Department work-study, Michelle Johnson. Michelle designed the sign and Devon cut it on the PlasmaCAM which was purchased with WIRED grant funds in late 2008. Also, in the works is a sign for Gallery 126.
In addition, the Art Department and the Welding Technology Program will have the opportunity to work together on another sign project for Dr. Bruce Bainbridge’s latest WIRED Grant project. Two 2.5 and 10 kilowatt 3-phase electric wind generators that will be tied into the MDU grid are being installed on the Dawson Community College campus just southwest of the Ullman Center, and Dr. Bainbridge has requested the letters ‘DCC’ and ‘BUCS’ be cut to decorate the towers. The four foot high letters will be designed by the Art Department and cut with the PlasmaCAM out of expanded metal. Keep your eyes open for these new developments and the upcoming one day Alternative Bio-Diesel Energy Conference on December 8th, also, sponsored by WIRED.
In addition to the Impromptu Gallery in The Ullman Center and Gallery 126 in the computer lab next to the Jane Carey Memorial Library and The Student Support Center, artwork is on view at the DCC Student Art Gallery on the web at http://dccartdepartment.blogspot.com/  or at http://www.dawson.edu/  click on the Buccaneer artist with brush and palette in hand. A great place to see student artwork from Fall 2006 through the present.