From Crayola crayons to her latest masterpiece, senior Jordan Bay has always loved art. "I have always done art, all the way back from the first time I picked up a Crayola crayon to now when I'm creating my latest masterpiece," Bay said. "Even with all the other things I'm gifted at, art was the one that stuck and made me feel like I was doing what I was meant to do in life." Bay's Senior Art Show is on display in Jut's Café on the lower level of the Student Center now through Nov. 25. It is free and open to the public.
Like many artists, Bay draws her inspiration from much of life. The inspiration for her charcoal drawing "A Man's Love for His Best Friend," which is her favorite piece in her show, came from the death of the dog in the picture. "I did the drawing for the man in the artwork, who is a family friend, as a gift for him and his family. So much of my heart and time went into this piece. There is a tremendous amount of meaning, not just to me but for the family friend as well, behind everything I did in the artwork."
Her favorite medium to work with is charcoal pencils because "I have more control and get more details in my drawings." She admits she's had more practice with this medium compared to some of the others, like clay, which has been the most challenging for her to work with. "It's difficult for me to plan a three-dimensional piece because I can't visualize how it is going to come out. I also never had a lot of practice with clay until I came to Averett and took the sculpture class."
Bay's major in art includes a teaching certification in PK-12. Once she graduates she would like to teach in or around Morehead City, N.C., which is where she grew up. "The arts are very important in the schools in that area, meaning I wouldn't have to worry as much about the possibility of the arts being cut. It would also be great to come full circle and teach where I was once merely just a student."
Visitors to her art show will see a wide variety of artwork – work Bay considers to be her best – including drawings and sculptural pieces. The majority of the artwork will not be for sale, but what is available for purchase will be labeled.
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