Thirty Years of Artistic Conversation

Two friends celebrate thirty years of friendship and work in "Thirty Years of Artistic Conversation," Lone Star College-Kingwood's Summer II Art Show. 

Running July 29 through September 2, 2008, the show will feature LSC-Kingwood's own Rebecca Riley, dean of arts and humanities and her long time friend Future Akins, an assistant professor in art education and visual studies at Texas Tech University.   The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Tuesday, July 29, 6-7:30 p.m. in the art gallery located in the Student Center/Fine Arts Building.

The two women have been friends and artists for thirty years, a feat worthy of celebrating.  Akins says it's very difficult to continue to create art after graduate school because life gets in the way and many artists simply can't find the time or energy.  But this show is a retrospective, tracing both their careers and friendship.  "We felt that we needed to celebrate the fact that we are still making art and still friends after all these years," says Akins.

Akins says she and Riley's lives have paralleled one another.  Separated by distance and circumstances, they both wound up in education and even discovered that they had both named a piece of their art with the same title. 

This show, she says, shows the beautiful tapestry of life.  "I think people want to know more and not be talked down to.  Our work is accessible.  That doesn't mean it doesn't have depth, but people truly react to it."  Put simply, Akins describes their work by saying, "We do beautiful, old-fashioned work that invites the public in."

The show will feature ten to twelve pieces by each artist and include prints, linocuts, silk screens, watercolors, beading and embroidery work. The show will also feature a unique type of art, artists' books. 

The college art gallery is open Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday. 

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