Michael Bell, a contributor to this year’s Rend Lake College Foundation Students for Students Art Auction, is out to dispel a few traditional views of art.
Bell (Mt. Vernon) is submitting several pieces to the auction, which will be held Thursday, April 7, at the Rend Lake Resort Conference Center. There will be a preview at 5 p.m. and the auction begins at 6 p.m.
Bell prefers drawing and photography to other forms of art. “When you do art, you should do what you enjoy,” he said. He noted that most of his pieces have some sort of story behind them.
Works which are “normal” do not hold Bell’s eye for long. “I want to be different,” he said. He said he often uses several elements which do not belong together in the same drawing or photograph.
According to Bell, many people think of art as a collection of pretty pictures, colonial ladies and fields of flowers.
“I wanted to trash that idea,” Bell said.
Bell is studying English and art at RLC, but he is still considering his options for further education. However, he said he intends to keep an open mind and not charge in with set ideas, “because things always change.”
The Rend Lake College Foundation Students for Students Art Auction is an annual event aimed at raising money for art scholarships. Tickets for the auction are $10 and are available now. For tickets or for more information, contact Jo Ann Dick, Assistant Director of the Rend Lake College Foundation, at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1214, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1214.