When Rend Lake College student Nicole Asberry (Nashville) isn’t giving pointers to the Lady Warriors softball squad, she can likely be found taking pointers herself in Art Professor Therese Melena’s classroom.
Asberry is one of many students donating works to the RLC Foundation Students for Students Art Auction, slated for Thursday, April 7, at the Rend Lake Resort Conference Center. There will be an auction preview at 5 p.m. and the auction itself starts at 6 p.m.
Asberry is donating two oil paintings and a mosaic to the auction, which helps raise money for student scholarships. Asberry said she has always had a taste for the abstract and the bizarre.
“It’s just the way I’ve always looked at things,” said Asberry. She said she enjoys painting over other forms of art because of its relaxing quality.
The art major said she would like to transfer to Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia after completing her studies at Rend Lake College. SCAD is one of the few art-centered colleges which has a softball team, and Asberry said she would like to play for them.
Currently, Asberry shares a wealth of experience with young proteges who would like to develop their fast-pitch mound talents by providing instruction at The Hitting Zone, RLC’s baseball and softball training facility.
In a nutshell, Asberry has played the past several seasons for school and/or traveling teams representing three different Missouri communities, including the St. Louis Legion of Doom, Nashville and Southern Illinois, started at second base for the Lady Hornets IHSA state champions as a sophomore and competed in National Championships in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and South Dakota.
After completing her college career, Asberry would like to teach art at the high school level. She chose high school, she said, because she would be able to coach softball.
Tickets for the Students for Students Art 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.