BCC: Push yourself for the real thing

Written by: Emma Sargeant
Local art scene. It’s struggling to free itself from the pretentious social conformities on the Eastside in particular. Bellevue Community College hides its student body’s talent. Where are the exhibitions? The galleries are monotonous with a slow turnover of random pieces of non-local art, which explore the ways you can weave a basket into provocative shapes. Although the Hurricane Katrina exhibition this year was a moving success, when can we see our own talent? Sure, class displays are stapled on to the walls of the C-building at BCC, but students are in a position where they are not able to share their views and proudly present them, mounting them and learning from their viewers’ reactions. Plus, the works on display are the pieces, which are intricately trying to create an accurate picture. There is no room for the freedom to go wild to express your own self and explore presenting an object from a different view with media, size, or color. Technicalities are a barrier. The bland practices are not moving, they are good, but have nothing emotive behind them. The Bellevue Art Museum in downtown Bellevue is somewhat comparable. Exhibitions are not very well promoted, but what the gallery obtains is more commercially friendly rather than true, raw art. Showing now at the Bellevue Art Museum are the works of Sherry Markovitz. “Known for her evocative beaded assemblages, drawings and paintings, Markovitz intricately weaves through various themes and materials in her multi-dimensional work. The artist is perhaps best known for her beaded, richly-adorned papier-m