Art show to feature graduates' works 2012.04.18

Written by David Green. showDon Glasgow recalls the day he heard a Fayette graduate talking about art class years ago with his teacher, Mr. Spiess. He also mentioned that he still dabbles in art projects.

That got Don to thinking: There must be other former students of Tom Spiess who are still involved in art. He thought that might make for an interesting art show.

“I had this idea and they did all the work,” he said, referring to his daughter, Rebecca Lovelass, and Debbie Storrs.

The two women organized a show called “Then and Now” highlighting the works of Fayette graduates. Some of the work displayed is labeled “Then” and shows projects from a student’s school days. Others are “Now” and show more contemporary work.

A few former students are working in the field of art, Spiess said— Jim Booth, Rachel Gomez and Kevin Long are three who came to mind—while others are involved just for the fun of it.

“The show includes a mix of what was done in school and what they’re doing now, or did in college,” Lovelass explained. “We want to honor Tom’s time as an art teacher and to get a conversation going about former students that they remember.”

Several people who visited the show last weekend spent a lot of time perusing a collection of Art Club photographs from old school yearbooks.

Participants in the show include Jessica (Lumbrezer) Pierce, Sybil (Stamm) Richardson, John Marlatt, Sarah (Marlatt) Petrie, Rachel (Marlatt) Donner, Debbie (Keefer) Storrs, Jim Storrs, Peggy (McKinney) Brubaker, Nancy (Schaffner) Lavinder, Kevin Long and Robert Brubaker. Additional entries are expected to arrive.

The gallery at the Opera House will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and again the following weekend during the FARMette event April 28 and the Glasgow Reed Organ presentation April 29.

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