Melissa McClement-Engler, considered one of the top automotive artists in the country, will be joining her students in contributing to the Students for Students Art Auction April 1 at Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.
McClement-Engler, an art instructor at Rend Lake College, will be donating three stained glass pieces to this year’s auction, each featuring a medallion. However, McClement-Engler still has a love for the classic car.
"I like to do shiny, reflective things," she said. She has a passion for old classic automobiles, usually done with paint or pencil. McClement-Engler’s works have often been published in car magazines.
McClement-Engler started private instruction in art under Therese Howard, Rend Lake College Associate Art Professor. She attended RLC on a dual scholarship for softball and art, then attended Savannah School of Art Design for two years. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art and Design and later took a Master of Arts and Illustration from Syracuse. She has been an instructor at Rend Lake College since 1999.
McClement-Engler said the part she enjoys most about teaching is "probably the light bulbs that go off in students’ heads when they begin to understand art." She said she also enjoys collaborating on projects with students.
For the first time, two students events -- the Students for Students Art Auction and A Taste of Rend Lake -- will be held simultaneously. Tickets for the combined event are $10 and are available now.
"That’s a real bargain," said Pat Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the Rend Lake College Foundation. "Plus, we’re going to have some surprises."
A Taste of Rend Lake begins at 4 p.m. April 1 and features a buffet-style line of appetizers, hot hors d’oeuvres and desserts. There will be an auction preview at 5 p.m. and the main auction starts at 6 p.m.
For more information or for tickets, contact Marilee Beck at the RLC Foundation Office at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1213, or toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321.