News Stories for the Week

10/02/2006

 

Award-winning contemporary artist David McCall Freeman opens a one-man show at Galveston College October 2.  His exhibition –“David McCall Freeman: The Beauty of Vanity” - will continue through December 2.

Galveston College to present artist David M. Freeman exhibition opening today

Internationally-recognized artist David McCall Freeman will present his one-man show “David McCall Freeman: The Beauty of Vanity” opening today, October 2 at Galveston College.  At 2p.m. and again at 7p.m today, Freeman will give a lecture presentation. At 5p.m. this afternoon, Freeman will be honored at a special reception to be held in the College’s Fine Arts Gallery, third floor of the Fine Arts Building, 4015 Avenue Q. The event is open to the public.

Patrons can look forward to seeing work that is influenced by his Texas/Mexico border culture.  Freeman, who holds multiple degrees including a MFA from the University of Texas notes that his borderland experience has shaped his art practice. “In Mexico, you are greeted with an explosion of color and hand-painted signs.” Freeman has taken the sign painter’s language and reworked it to make it his own.  As a well-respected teacher, Freeman notes how teaching art has shaped his practice: “Teaching is a great way to learn.  I have been reintroduced to many of my first influences from my early years.  The inspiration from teaching is almost as priceless as living close to Mexico.  Traveling south of the Border has awakened my memories of being brought up in North Africa”, he continued.  “All the magnificent adventures – the people, the villages, the animals… now Mexico takes me back there.  The architecture of Mexico, the signage, the language, the colors – all of this has inspired and directed me  to where I am today with my work.  It’s all new again – innocent and naïve… that’s exactly what I am after.”   Freeman’s exhibition continues through December 2.

For more information, contact Beth Thomas, Galveston College Art Galveston Coordinator at 409-944-1309, or email to bthomas@gc.edu   Gallery Hours are Monday- Thursday, 8a.m.-9p.m. and Friday until 5p.m.   The Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Building, 4015 Avenue Q.

Continuing Education Division announces variety of fall classes

Beginning in October, the Continuing Education Division at Galveston College is offering a variety of interesting classes - designed to improve and enhance one’s skills in the workplace as well as to improve skills and knowledge for the individual student.  Ranging from accounting, computer classes, and public speaking  to conversational Spanish, sign language, and baking, there is just about something for everyone.  Class offerings include “Old Fashion Pies & Tarts”,  “Sign Language”, “Conversational Spanish for Teachers”, “Health Care Spanish”, “ESL Communication Skills for the Workplace”, “Introduction to Accounting for the Non-Accountant”, “Intro to Microcomputers and Windows”, “Introduction to Excel XP”, “QuickBooks I”,  and Introduction to Public Speaking.”    For specific details about each course offering, contact the Continuing Education Division at Galveston College at 409-944-1344, email inquiries to ce@gc.edu, or visit online at http://www.gc.edu/.

Galveston College website created to aid in disaster planning

Galveston College has created a web site to educate and benefit its students as well as local residents on disaster preparedness.   Created and implemented by College staffers Wendy Allen, Jennifer Willis-Opalenik, and Samantha Jolly, the website provides specific information necessary to aid the community in dealing with potential disasters- such as chemical spills, fires, floods, extreme heat, hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter storms. “The webpage provides specific guidelines for preparation as well as dealing with the aftermath of these disasters, as well as information a student will need for returning to school,” Allen noted.  Additionally, the website offers links to local, regional, and national agencies that can provide additional vital information. To view the website, go to http://www.gc.edu/  and type in “Disaster Preparedness”.