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Alumni continue creating art

When Sam Gutierrez, John Den Boer, and Eric Van Wyk talk about their art, they discuss much more than simply what the eye can see.

Erick Van Wyk

Erick Van Wyk

These Dordt College art alumni each have very different art styles, but all share a common point of view -that art is a human response to creation, life, and God. "As an artist, I have come to see that art and life are inseparable," says Van Wyk ('02).

Now the co-manager of the Humble Bean coffee shop on campus, Van Wyk continues to create work independently and also work as a theater stage designer for Dordt College and area high schools.

"Theatrical set design is a living visual sculpture that breathes as live actors move across its skin," comments Van Wyk in an art exhibition recently on display in the Classroom Gallery at Dordt. "It is not merely decoration, an element to establish a time period, or an irrelevant space, but a collaborative unifying factor based in the language of the play."

Sam Gutierrez

Sam Gutierrez

Sam Gutierrez ('00), now a campus ministry intern at Dordt College, has been displaying his work in California galleries, restaurants, his own home gallery, and his webpage, www.reescan.com/sam . He does sculpture, painting and relief printmaking.

"I find people the most fascinating subject matter, and I love to explore their shapes, bodies, and faces," says Gutierrez in describing his contribution to the alumni exhibit. "Being human is mysterious, playful, intriguing, and beautiful; these works are about exploring that."

John Den Boer

John Den Boer

John Den Boer ('00) took a different course with his art talent, going on to graduate school after graduating from Dordt College to pursue a degree in architecture.

"As an architect I look to nature for inspiration while working to be stewardly," says Den Boer. Den Boer holds to the theory that form is function-that buildings should appear to be what they are. Examples of that premise are included in the display.