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Photograph of Emma McFadden

By James Flett

For those with an interest in art, Cape Cod Community College’s (4Cs) Art Club offers a place to practice that passion.

The Art Club is planning a few upcoming events open to anyone on campus who is interested in art, regardless of whether you are enrolled in an art course or not.

In celebration of National Art Week, the Art Club is hosting what faculty advisor and art professor Sara Ringler calls “an origami and recycling invitation for people to collaborate.” Beginning on May 1, a table will be set up in the lobby of the Tilden Arts Center with origami instructions and recycled materials that can be used to create origami art. The table will be there for one week and anyone can participate; the artwork will be added to a display on the wall.

“The idea is to focus on recycling…there will be some minimal and simple instructions for creating something with origami,” said Ringler. “Or people can do whatever they want.”

All students are encouraged to participate, as this exhibition will both showcase students’ creativity and draw attention to the importance of recycling.

Another Art Club event is the trip to the Harvard Art Museum and Cambridge Art Museum on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Students, faculty and members of the community are all invited to attend. The trip offers a chance to visit art museums, nearby restaurants and the Harvard campus. Tickets cost $10 for students and staff, and $15 for anyone else who would like to attend. Tickets can be purchased online at tildenartscenter.eventbrite.com.

At the average Art Club meeting, students work on all sorts of various art projects, either personal or related to school.

“It’s very informal,” said Ringler. “People sometimes complete work they started in class and sometimes people just come and kind of hangout.”

The Art Club is headed by two-year club President Emma McFadden.

“I’ve always loved art, like ever since I was a kid,” McFadden said. “I enjoy organizing things and just being a part of art…I want to be an art teacher, so this gives me some experience.”

McFadden is currently working on silkscreen art, a process in which a mesh cloth is stretched over a frame, and the design painted on the screen is printed by having a squeegee force color through the pores of the material.

“Right now, I’m doing butterflies,” said McFadden. “I’m trying to do a 3D effect, overlapping colors to make it look more three-dimensional.”

Members of the Art Club currently have art on display at the Higgins Art Gallery in the Tilden Arts Building and the art will remain on display for the remainder of the semester. Any student who would like an opportunity to display their art in the museum is encouraged to join the Art Club or contact Professor Ringler.

The Art Club meets in the bottom of the Tilden Arts Building in studio B every Wednesday from 2 PM to 3 PM. All students are welcome, regardless of skill or knowledge. It’s a great opportunity for anyone with a passion for art.