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Senior Art Exhibition runs Feb. 4-14 at Idaho State University Davis Gallery; opening reception set 5-7 p.m. Feb. 3

Posted January 30, 2014

The spring 2014 Idaho State University Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition featuring the work of Carla Jensen and Carrie Bridges is scheduled Feb. 4-14, with a 5 to 7 p.m. opening reception Feb. 3, in the ISU John B. Davis Art Gallery.

The Davis Gallery is located in the lower level of the ISU Fine Arts Building. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Jensen was born and raised on a farm in the Aberdeen area. Her early college education was a year at Hesston College in Hesston, Kan. She spent a year in Germany before marrying and settling down in Pingree, located three miles from Idaho’s Big Desert, which is the subject of much of her art. She worked 18 years in a potato-packing business before being employed at ISU in 2000. Volcanic Bridge by Carla Jensen

“For over 30 years I have spent hours hunting, hiking and exploring the Big Desert and am always fascinated with the colors, shapes and the power of its sustaining life,” Jensen said.

She has been involved with art her entire life, creating, designing and using her talents in many capacities. She credited her early interest in painting to her high school art teacher, Gloy Wride, and upon entering ISU, art professor Tony Martin, who “reignited my art ability and interest to go forward and explore.”

Bridges was born in Chicago, but raised all over the country with her parents, two brothers and four sisters. She and all of her siblings were homeschooled. When she was 7, her parents bought a motor home, and her family lived and traveled in it for seven years visiting all 48 of the contiguous United States.Discovery by Carrie Bridges

“During that time, my family visited numerous state and national parks and monuments – from the Redwood Forest to Niagara Falls, from the Alamo to Idaho’s own Craters of the Moon,” Bridges said. “It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. I have also been overseas twice, both times to Northern Asia.”

“My intention is to follow God,” Bridges said. “Through my art, I can praise Him. He has created many materials and techniques in this world, so that is what I use – painting, ceramics, cast bronze and aluminum, cut steel, felted wool, embroidery and so on.”

Both Jensen and Bridges are scheduled to earn their BFA degrees in art this spring.

Davis Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.