Computer technology has opened up new arenas in the art world, and Rend Lake College student Paul Clouse has found his niche in one of them.
Clouse (Mt. Vernon) is among the contributors to the Students for Students Art Auction, which will be held April 1 at the Rend Lake Resort Conference Center. The auction begins at 6 p.m., with a preview preceding it at 5 p.m.
Clouse is a photographer who uses programs such as Adobe Photoshop to manipulate his work on a computer.
"I got into it because it’s more of a ‘tech’ kind of thing and it interested me," said Clouse. "Sometimes you do a little tweaking, playing with filters. There are quite a few things you can do."
At last year’s auction, Clouse sold a few items during the silent auction and sold four more pieces during the main auction.
A piece of which Clouse is particularly proud is a computer-manipulated picture he took of a bronze angel in a cemetery. "It should come out pretty well," he said.
Clouse took an interest in graphic design during his senior year of high school and now majors in the subject.
After completing his education, Clouse hopes to become a film director.
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 will be available as of March 1.
"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.