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Art as an Outlet for Self-expression

November 9, 2011

By Sierra Young

The arts are very important here at Averett and we demonstrate this through numerous celebrations. One way that we celebrate the arts is by highlighting some of our students through different presentations. Senior Leanne Cali Earp, a native of Danville, has been given the chance to display her art in Jut's Café this month.

Senior art shows were designed by Diane Kendrick, professor of art, in order to showcase the abilities of the students in the art department. Earp is one of those students. She is studying for her masters of education with a certification in art K-12. Being able to display her work, she is not only showing off her talents as an artist but also depicting different experiences she has had in the art department.

"I feel like art truly is my passion," said Earp. "I wanted to go into art education, specifically, because I want to share this passion with others."

The show offers a variety of Earp's works. However, much consideration went into the selection process when deciding what to use in her art show.

"I tried to choose pieces that represent a wide range of media, which includes everything from origami paper jewelry to a portrait bust," said Earp. The work she has on display ranges from a wire sculpture to various prints of animals to a woven blanket and painted tins.

Earp obviously puts a lot of thought and time into her work. This can only mean that as she mentioned before, she has true passion for art. In order to share this with others one would have to know exactly what that drive is.

"It's a little hard to define what I love about art," said Earp. "I think it's that art allows you to express yourself in ways nothing else can. I love having that outlet for creativity and expression."

The show is free and open to the public. Jut's Café is open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday 7 p.m.-12 a.m.