Dreams Come Alive in the S.A.L Gallery

Dreams Come Alive in the S.A.L Gallery

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By Quedus Babalola
Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

How often do people get to see what others dream when they are asleep? From Feb. 13-17, Madelynn Ehmer and Ruth Mistretta showcased a unique perspective of their own dreams in the Student Art League Gallery in the library. Some dreams they illustrated were ones they believed to be attainable, according to both artists, and some works were the projection of pure imagination. “The exhibition is really about just embracing your dreams and allowing them to influence and motivate you throughout life,” Mistretta, a sophomore art therapy major, said. Alongside photographs and illustrations, the exhibition featured a diorama of fairy village.

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Ruth Mistretta, a sophomore art therapy major

“The sonogram piece was one that showcased someone dreaming of family while other pieces were more imaginative and can’t necessarily be seen in every day,” Ehmer, a sophomore art education major, said, “But through our show, [they] were able to be seen, such as the fairy village.”

Reading books and creating images in a person’s head is not as difficult as viewing an image and trying to decipher what it means, according to Thembi Lawrence, junior fine arts major. “I’ve never been one to just pick up and understand what art is and what the art I’m looking at is portraying,” she said. “But with this gallery, I can say that I not only enjoyed the photos, but I understood what was going on, or at least I believe I do.”

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Madelynn Ehmer, a sophomore art education major.

Ehmer wanted viewers to feel as though they could enter her pictures. “While looking at the photos of my little cousin, I wanted the viewers to be able to enter the mindset of a child’s imagination as they are playing.” Art doesn’t just come together overnight, the process for both Ehmer and Mistretta was long and sometimes exhausting, “It was a long process getting all the pieces done, there are times both of us would start working, and it would take hours longer than we thought,” Ehmer said. Mistretta and Ehmer spent hours working on the art together, some days longer than they expected and wanted, but overall they are grateful for the experience and outcome.

“I have a very wild and vivid imagination which inspires most of my pieces and use of bright colors. I also just have really big dreams which inspired my pastel piece of the northern lights,” Mistretta said.

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