Those attending the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College's production of “A Company of Wayward Saints” Sunday will be able to see the beginning of the college's annual student art show.
The art projects will be displayed from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday throughout the lobby of the Fine Arts Auditorium as will as the hallways and staircase of the building.
Art instructor Kristen Couch said that the students are excited about showing their pieces to the world.
“I work with the students individually,” she said. “We don't want carbon copies of each other.
“Some of the students are very shy and quiet and I have to painfully nudge them along, but once they find their art there's no stopping them.”
Couch said “cheerleader” is probably a better word to describe her role with the students.
The college's art museum building as well as the classrooms and art studios were lost during the July floods.
“I was in Los Angeles at the time of the floods and all I could do was watch it on TV,” Couch said. “It was unreal.
“When I returned almost everything we had, completed art work, all our easels and supplies, were lost to the water.”
The art department has been returned to the Fine Arts building.
“The good thing about that is that I enjoy getting to interact with the other teachers,” Couch said.
She has to be “selective and sensitive” about deciding which pieces will be included in the show.
Couch and the students have just a few more days to complete their projects and get them mounted for display.
“The mechanics of the displays take time,” Couch said. “A lot of it is in my brain right now.”