From snakes to potatoes and fallen Christmas trees, the Southeast Community College art exhibit at the Beatrice Public Library is full of eclectic pieces.
The exhibit has been an annual part of the library since 2008, when the college created an exhibit of pieces made by local high school students.
Laureen Riedesel, Beatrice Public Library director, said that since then, the exhibit has evolved to show SCC student and faculty artwork.
“Whatever they want to present here, we’re glad to have it,” Riedesel said.
Several pieces were created by SCC art instructor Nancy Hagler-Vujovic, including a papier-mâché cat with mice, a pitt bull, and several snakes made in different mediums.
“The papier-mâché, the material, I love to work with it,” Hagler-Vujovic said. “It’s easy to work with at home. I’ve wanted to do a series of animals. Next year, who knows?”
Hagler-Vujovic discussed the two photographs displayed next to her work. One depicts a dog on a leash standing outside a broken screen door, the other of a Christmas tree falling onto a man in a living room.
Both pieces were made by Bradley Peters, an art instructor at SCC’s Lincoln campus.
“He’s actually a Yale University School of Photography graduate,” Hagler-Vujovic said, “His works are fascinating, because there’s always sort of a narrative going on, but you’re not quite sure what it is. When you look at his work, it tells you a lot about yourself because you make assumptions about what’s happening.”
One of the exhibit’s biggest pieces is a collaborative work that’s focused on potatoes.
The piece, entitled “Ekphrastic Echoes," was created by Rosemary Zumpfe’s art class.
A description beside the piece defines ekphrastic as a creative description, expansion or response to another work of art, often in a different art form.
“I guess they chose the theme potatoes, and some of the kids wrote short poems, haikus. I think they also found some established poetry to put up there,” Hagler-Vujovic said. “When they showed it in an exhibit in Lincoln, they had actual potatoes. But still, I think it works.”
The pieces’ description says that as someone looks at it, the viewer becomes a participant in the ekphrastic process of creating meanings and interpretations.
Hagler-Vujovic said Zumpfe’s work often combines words with images, as Zumpfe has a doctorate in English.
“Every year it’s something different,” Hagler-Vujovic said. “You get more or fewer people, depending on where they’re at in terms of their artwork, if they’re ready to show or not. We’re really lucky that Laureen gives us the opportunity to do this every year.”
The exhibit will be displayed through April 21.