Christmas cards feature DCC student artwork

Thursday, December 6, 2018
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The Dawson Community College Art Club is offering a piece of local art in the form of holiday greetings this year, with four Christmas cards created using the artwork of DCC students.

The designs come from DCC students who either completed the project for a class assignment or who partcipated as members of the DCC Art Club.

The project is a collaboration between the college administration and the art department, according to art professor Jennifer Wheeler.

Each year, DCC sends out Christmas cards to people who have been supportive to the college over the past year. When deciding on a card this year, college officials looked to the talents of their own students. As an incentive, a $75 Visa giftcard was offered as a prize for the design chosen as the 2018 holiday card for DCC.

Student artwork was submitted to DCC President Scott Mickelsen, who chose the winner.

The winning design came from Chastity Pope, a former Lady Bucs basketball player.

DCC sent out approximatley 100 Christmas cards featuring Pope’s artwork.

Three additional cards featuring artwork by Alexis Canen, Amaya Brien and Erica Rude, all current students at DCC, were printed and are offered for sale in a four-pack with the card featuring Pope’s work.

The high quality cards were printed and packaged by BOSS.

“You really can’t tell these cards from any other professional Christmas card,” Wheeler noted.

Each card contains a different holiday greeting and the back side of the card includes the DCC logo and information about the artist. They are being sold in packs of four for $10.

Wheeler said the project has been very positive.

“It was really exciting for the four students, and it’s exciting for everyone who participated because they all have hope of ‘maybe I’ll be the grand prize winner,” Wheeler noted.

They were first available at the DCC play over the weekend and are now available at the DCC Bookstore.

The sale of the cards is a fundraiser for the DCC Art Club, which is led by Wheeler.

The Art Club, whose membership fluctuate between eight to 15 members, does one field trip a year. The club fund raises to pay for the expenses of the trip.

This year, the Art Club’s fundraising goals are a bit loftier, as they hope to raise even money to eventually purchase a kiln.

“What we’re really trying to push for in our Art Club fund right now is trying to buy a kiln, for baking pottery, so that we can offer community workshops and summer classes and weekend workshop events for the community members of all ages – children, teens and adults,” Wheeler said.

A kiln of acceptable size and quality for the art department’s needs will cost anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500.

The money raised through the card sales will help that effort, but Wheeler has also noticed that the cards have also brought general awareness about the club and its goals.

Some individuals who attended the weekend’s play and who had already sent cards made donations, including a young child who offered 30 cents from his pocket, a true sign of the giving season, Wheeler noted.

If you would like to purchase the DCC Christmas card pack, they are available at the DCC Bookstore. Hours this week are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Next week’s hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bookstore will be closed for Christmas break beginning Friday, Dec. 14.

If you would like to make a donation to the Art Club, call DCC at 377-3396.

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