Rend Lake College student Juanita Brookman has made a work of art that a lover of chocolate can certainly put to good use.
Brookman is one of many RLC students donating works to this year’s Students for Students Art Auction, to be held Thursday, April 1, at the Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.
One piece to be donated by Brookman is, in technical terms, an overglaze painting on a commercial blank. To the layman, it is a hand-painted porcelain chocolate box. The box depicts a snowy, winter scene. Brookman said she created it as a sample for an art class she teaches through Rend Lake College at Cedarhurst in Mt. Vernon.
Brookman said art has always been of interest to her, particularly drawing and painting. She said all three of her sons have college educations.
"It seemed like a good idea to do it for myself," she said. "Art was the only logical choice."
Brookman resides in Mt. Vernon during the week and returns home to St. Louis on weekends.
"I feel like I’ve developed more skills," said Brookman of her art experiences at Rend Lake College.
Associate Art Professor Therese Howard has called Brookman "one of the most innovative artists I’ve ever seen."
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.
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.