Art thrives at “The Anna”

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Drew Lovelace & Jamie Dickerson

Published: January 25, 2006

For the past few weeks, The Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola Junior College has been hosting an art exhibition featuring the work of Mitch Lyons and Greg Saunders. The exhibit opened Jan. 19 with noted success as Lyons gave two public demonstrations and a slide show.

“I’m impressed with the students, they seem to be really interested in my work and they ask a lot of questions,” Lyons said.

Lyons, a Pennsylvania native, is noted for his clay and print works while maintaining the fundamentals of drawing and painting.

Saunders is a Pensacola native who is featuring charcoal formatting and 3-D sculpture in this show. It is difficult to find Saunders’ work locally; his work is more often found in Atlanta and New York. Saunders will be back at Pensacola Junior College from 9 – 11 a.m. Feb. 6. He will also host a workshop from 1 – 3 p.m.

Department Head Mark Francis and Gallery Director Vivian Spencer agreed that the turnout thus far has been outstanding. Both are very fond of the two featured artists. Not only do they admire their art but Francis and Spencer said that both artists were “delightful people to chat with.”

The Gallery exhibit will come to a close on Feb. 10. All PJC students are encouraged to witness the art personally at the gallery at Building 15.

In the months to come the gallery will host Anna Tomczak, a noted photographer who uses chocolate film and digital iris prints.

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