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Scratchboard- A Unique Art Brought to Springfield College

For Springfield College students, it is no secret that the theme of most majors is sports related. There are only about 100 students in the entire school that are art majors, this would be an exceptionally low number anywhere else.

Kirsten McNiece
Staff Writer

 

 

 

For Springfield College students, it is no secret that the theme of most majors is sports related.  There are only about 100 students in the entire school that are art majors, this would be an exceptionally low number anywhere else.  At our very own William Blizzard Art Gallery on the second floor of Blake Hall, there is a top of the line art show that is open to the public, and there are pieces that you can only find in New York or Chicago.  Each piece tells its own story and has its own significant meaning.  Come see the beautiful pieces of work all weekend into next week or meet the artists themselves.

The gallery is filled of scratchboard works from an alumni who graduated in 2004, Andrew Mullen.

“Scratchboards are subtractive,” says Ron Maggio, a associate professors in the Visual and Performing Arts program here at Springfield College.  “They are so intricate.  You can’t imagine the effort it takes to put into something like this.” 

A scratchboard is a completely black canvas that you work into with a needle and pull the black away to create an image.  As he toured the pictures, an observer could instantly see his face light up as he arrived at the next piece and he would gasp, “Would you look at this?” and explain the detail in it that seemed nearly impossible to create.  His admiration for his former student’s work only piqued his audience’s interest and his enthusiasm made him an impeccable guide.  Maggio spoke of how when he had talked to Mullen about each piece of art he had created, Maggio questioned how long it took Mullen to make a single piece; Mullen replied “Hm, well if I am 30-years-old, then about thirty years,” followed by a chuckle.  There was one word to describe Mullen’s masterpieces, and that was simply amazing. 

The beauty just kept coming from around every corner you turned.  On the other side of the scratchboards was Clay Remembers, an exhibition of art sculptures.  Scott Redman, the creator of these gorgeous sculptures, is an instructor in sculpting at Springfield College who has been here for fifteen years and got his degree at Parsons School of Design in New York City.  There were nearly a total of fifty of his finest pieces around the room on display for the public.  Clay Remembers are clay heads that highlight a specific moment in time.  Redman says, “People think that anyone can do something like this, but I got all of this other stuff so that I can get to a point where I am as free and lyrical as this and all that other stuff isn’t necessary to me anymore.” 

The artists of both exhibits will be at the Gallery this Sunday, October 19 and the pieces will be on display for the rest of this week until next week. Educate yourself on the beauties that you have right in the building next door to you in the second floor of Blake Hall.

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