Twitchell’s art will draw you in

Kent Twitchell will be leaving a permanent imprint at Valley.

By Yesenia Burgara, Staff Writer

Life Line: Drawings by Kent Twitchell is an inspirational and creative collection that currently stands in Valley College’s art gallery. It’s a privilege that only LAVC has the honor of saying, as many pieces have not been displayed elsewhere.

Students describe the collection as realistic, emotional, and detailed. Lizette Hernandez, an art major at LAVC saw Twitchell’s self portrait on Valley’s website and decided to visit the art gallery to view the rest of his work.

“I was drawn to it because it had a real sense of life. Although it was a pencil drawing, every little stroke was carefully thought out. The drawings of each person showed life in their eyes, it made you wonder about their different stories,” explained Hernandez.

Twitchell is a famous realism artist and muralist since the late 60s. His murals can be found throughout the world but most of his work is here in Los Angeles.

Life Line displays mostly graphite on paper with drawings of well known faces such as Nelson Mandela, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more.

After visiting Twichell’s studio and going through his archive Sam Lee, Valley College’s art gallery director, chose small and original drawings he felt were best for the show.

“Some have not been exhibited anywhere before. They are all stand outs to me. Each with its own intricacies and nuances. I am very proud of the show because it really highlights Kent Twitchell’s amazing talent as an artist,” said Lee

The exhibition is an extension of the mural that will cover the wall of LAVC’s new Student Service Center. The mural will be a replica of the “Freeway Lady,” which was originally painted near the Hollywood freeway, however was sadly lost in 1986, after it was painted over. This year would have marked its 40th anniversary.

After years of wanting to recreate this piece, the mural was chosen by LAVC’s Art Committee to be the first project on campus and is now in the works.

“Life Line” has been at LAVC since Nov. 6 and will be displayed until Feb. 26 at the art gallery, located in the art building. Try to visit before it’s gone.

“Site Unseen: Incarceration,” will be the following exhibition at LAVC’s Art Gallery, and will be guest-curated by Sheila Pinkel. It will be on display from March 12 through April 23. “Site Unseen” will showcase the artwork of incarcerated artist, who are either in prison or are now out, and trying to turn their lives around.

Their work will give their perspective on life in prison, as well as give them the opportunity to express themselves. The opening reception will be Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion from 7 to 8 p.m.

General Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.

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