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Lakeland College will spotlight the work of two senior art students when the Lakeland Senior Art Student Portfolio Exhibition opens on Thursday, Nov. 8.
James Washington and Asuka Endo, who are both living in Sheboygan, will discuss their work during an opening reception on Nov. 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's Sheboygan County campus.
The exhibit, which will feature works created by these two seniors during their time at Lakeland, will run through Dec. 6.
The Bradley Gallery is open from 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
The senior art show is a requirement for all Lakeland art majors. Students gain the experience of having their own exhibit, and are responsible for planning the show, putting the public relations together, hanging their work and any other details.
Washington, who was born and raised in Detroit, Mich., is working toward a bachelor's degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. Washington said he was introduced to art in high school, although he usually kept his drawings to himself.
"I love to get everything that I see in my drawing," Washington said. "In every piece that I do, I try to send a very strong message to whoever views my work. I want people to look at my work and leave saying 'That James has really good drawing skills and has the ability to be great.' "
Washington said he prefers working in pencil because of the shading it allows him to do. He especially enjoys drawing people, and friends have sent him photos and asked him to draw pictures from them, many of which are on display on their profiles on Facebook, a popular social network with Lakeland students. He also designed posters for Lakeland's Homecoming activities, and a new logo for the annual Essence of Heritage celebration on campus.
Endo came to Lakeland by way of Lakeland College Japan, and she is also working toward a bachelor's in art with a graphic design emphasis. She recently started an internship at the Two Fish Gallery in Elkhart Lake.
Endo has been enrolled in art classes and experiences since kindergarten, and she makes the objects that she is drawing or painting bigger on her canvas than they appear, as if she was using the zoom lens of a camera. She also enjoys making handicrafts.
"I personally prefer to work in ceramics more than the other mediums because I can try to make as much as I can, and it is easier for me to create with clay than with other media," Endo said. "Ceramic experiences such as slab techniques and pinch pots that I did with dad when I was in elementary school affected me a lot."