Vinyl records inspire student art gallery

Contributed photoContributed photoWhen the “12 x 1″2 student art gallery comes to town, Mercyhurst students and the Erie community alike will be shown vinyl. Mercyhurst art students are finding a way to serve the community and showcase their talents in this new and retro-inspired exhibition.
The gallery, which will be hosted by Mary Kay Geary of Geary’s Studio 7 Gallery, will feature various art pieces, all of which are made by Mercyhurst students and which focus on old 12-inch vinyl records.
“We all drew inspiration from a common theme and are eager to show the multitude of different interpretations on an old retro theme,” junior participant Lisa Bathory said.
Bathory, the creator of the “12 x 12″ project, has put in a huge amount of work to bring this art gallery to the community of Erie. A junior graphic design student and president of Adpro, the advertising design club on campus, Bathory worked in conjunction with her advisor Jodi Staniunas-Hopper to make the event possible.
Bathory received a student scholarly research fund, and wanted to put the money toward a truly worthwhile goal.

“I really wanted to get the students more actively involved in the community and give them a chance to share their talents,” Bathory said. The result was a student art exhibit in a local Erie Gallery to benefit not only the participating students, but also the Erie community.
Participation in the gallery was open to all art students and drew interest not only from Adpro but also from the Art Therapy Club, the Art Education Club and the Photo club.
The exhibit will open Friday, April 16, from 6-9:30 at Geary’s Studio 7 Gallery, which is located at 2807 W. 8th St. Inspired by retro records, perfect proportions and music for all the senses, “12 x 12” is sure to be an incredible experience for all, and an amazing exhibition of the talents of Mercyhurst students.