2022 Exhibit

2022 Artistic Works on Exhibition

Alexandra Janney

To you Corpus Christi, to your beaches and waves, colors and patterns, sand and shells, beauty and danger, personal reflections and universal meanings, all that bring me back to nature, back to the mystery.

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Amanda Kowalski

I grow every day and with that my perspectives and interests shift. I take at least one photograph every day. What interests me today may be very different than what interests me three years ago. Although I will be honest, I typically do take at least one picture of my pets a day, but I try and take other pictures too. This is what make photography so fulfilling. Before I started working in the library, I took concert photography. It was thrilling and fun but now I seek out textures and patterns in daily life. My father taught me how to take pictures and now my nineteen-year-old son just began his career as a concert photographer. Every day our journey changes slightly and I hope to capture this through my art.

Greene- I love working in Special Collections and Archives. I get to see amazing historic things. These are architectural drawings from the Donald G. Greene papers. The texture and repetition of shapes drew my eye to take this photo. Our legacy can mean different things to different people, seeing individuals’ records helps me understand that what I am doing now is just as important as what I did before. We are all important to our community.

Cam- She is little and fierce but so full of love. Cam is a delightful friend to almost all that meet her, there was once a gentleman on a motorcycle she did not quite trust. She was found in a field abandoned by her mother and just under one pound in weight. She is now 15lbs of attitude and 7 years old. About a year ago she had a severe allergic reaction to penicillin and suffered some neurological damage but that has just made her more charismatic although just a bit clumsy. She loves going to the park and sniffing.  

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Greene- $25.00

Cam- $25.00

Amanda Morales

The day I painted this I was tired. I remember coming home from work filled with stress from the day and feeling irritated that it was only Wednesday. I was nowhere close to a vacation and felt defeated by my never-ending to-do list. About a week earlier I had bought an art set with the goal of picking back up painting as something I could do for myself to relax. That night, looking at the art supplies still in the shopping bag, I decided to take some time to paint. I unwrapped everything, pulled up a Bob Ross video (one I'd told my friend I would paint for her when we bought the supplies) and started painting. I got into it. Like really into it as I repeatedly stopping and restarting and pausing the video, trying to take in Mr. Ross's words and technique as I slowly created this picture, making lots of happy little mistakes along the way. I realized at one point I was no longer tired, that my shoulders were no longer tight, and that I had, through painting and Ross's calming voice, begun to relax, and the tiredness and stress had slipped away. It was nice. During the three or four hours it took to paint this I felt like I was on a mini vacation in my own little world surrounded by light and beauty and happy little trees. Bob Ross was known to say that "It's so important to do something every day that will make you happy." I hope that viewing this exhibit brings you some joy today. Thank you for taking the time to check out my and everyone else's work.

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Alyssa Weaver

Art is fairly new to me; I did not start as an art major but once I took studio courses at TAMUCC my freshmen year I fell in love with it and knew that is where I needed to be. For the past four years, I have learned techniques and found my niche where I can convey my emotions and ideas clearly and for me, that is through sculpture and printmaking.

This particular piece was an assignment in class where there was no real theme and we were given free range to create. Truthfully, this piece is inspired by Harry Styles’ “As It Was”. I listened to the song on repeat for days because the lyrics made me reflect on my own life as graduation nears. I tried to make every part of the print have personal meaning. The center photo is a picture of me taken in 2003 when I was three. Now that I am twenty-two there has been many changes to my life and to my appearance, where I am able to express myself. I chose the strawberry vines as for one, my very small art shop has a strawberry logo, and two I wanted the vines to represent the twists and turns that life takes. The picture being placed inside the locket but behind the vines is my way of cherishing my younger self but also honoring the present me, as we all should.

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Cindy Buschang

Wild Cats- In the dark days at the beginning of the pandemic, when everything was shut down and we were all stuck in our homes, I had to find something productive to pass the time. I had purchased this pattern years ago, but the fabric choice used on the cover was dull and uninspiring.  I dug deep into my fabric stash to create this bright and cheerful quilt. I hope it makes you as happy as it makes me.

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Jeffrey Janko

He is a local professional photographer with a passion for photography. His interest in photography began at an early age and he later became the high school yearbook photographer for Roy Miller High School. He continued on to work as a University photographer at the University of Corpus Christi and majored in photography at Sam Houston State University. Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Corpus Christi State University and later his Master of Arts degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Jeffrey has been a photography teacher in both film and digital for the past twenty one years first at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and later for Del Mar College. He also enjoyed teaching photography for eight years to high school students attending Texas A&M’s summer camp program. For fifteen years he worked as a Digital Imaging Specialist for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He retired from the University in 2017 but continues to teach photography for Del Mar College. Jeffrey currently lives with his wife, Irma, and their six cats. He can be contacted at jeffjanko54@gmail.com

The photograph titled “Agnes Street” is a panorama view of selected buildings taken on Agnes Street in Corpus Christi. In the sixties and seventies Agnes Street was a vibrant and robust commercial area where one could go to have automotive work done. You could find everything from paint and body shops, radiator repair to upholstery shops. The photograph “Agnes Street” tries to capture what is left of the best on Agnes Street.

The photograph “Ferns” was taken at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens in the Summer of 2018. My wife and I spent hours walking among the thousands of plants and trees taking photographs. This is one of my favorites of red and green ferns.

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Agnes Street- $300.00

Ferns- $300.00

Jessica Mader

Big Horn Mountains

Sitting in the patio café at this charming museum nestled at the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming observing this spectacular view, I was in awe at the beauty before me.  This is a place that no matter how old or young you are, your dreams are alive. A place where peace overcomes you and leads you to believe anything is possible.

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Liz Valdez


You come home from school, throw your bag on the floor, sit on the couch and turn on the tv, and what do you hear? "I want to be, the very best, like no one ever was."

Just then, a silhouette of a big Pokémon pops onto the screen, and who's that Pokémon!?

Snorlax! Now, in crochet form, is the sleepy monster that captivated our hearts ages ago.

Snorlax is one of my first creations, unlike the actual Pokémon, Snorlax in crocheted form weighs roughly at about ½ lb and is 10 inches in height.

You can find more of Liz’s art work on her Instagram page:@itsknotknittingwithliz

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Snorlax- $65.00

Michael DeShazo

Verdant Variations

Michael has been fascinated by origami’s intricate aesthetic since the age of 12 and over the years has come to appreciate its use as an academic tool for math and its practical application in engineering and design.  Origami dates to approximately 1600 AD Japan.  Many do not know that another form of paper art was also recorded around the same period.  Kusudama [pronunciation: koo • soo • dah • mah] is a model made of many pieces (usually origami flowers) which are glued or sewn together to form a large spherical shape. 

Beginning in the late 1960s, inspired by kusudama, origamists began to experiment and a new form of paper folding art was born, dubbed “modular origami”.  Unlike its parent, modular origami does not use glue or string to maintain its shape.  Rather overlapping fold patterns result in “modules” having pockets (insertion points) and tabs (connecting points) allowing a mechanical friction bond to be generated which holds the individual “units” together to form larger pieces.

“Verdant Variations” is an example of one of the first modular units - a “sonobe [pronunciation: soh • noh • bee] unit”.  Sonobe units are combined in various counts to form larger and larger shapes.  “Verdant Variations” is composed of 5 octahedrons (12 units each) and 5 cubes (6 units each) for a total of 90 individually folded units.

While the original sonobe unit has no extraneous folds or flair, other origami artists discovered one could ADD artistic flair to the folding process resulting in myriad variations on the original sonobe unit.  The variations included in this piece are: the original sonobe, the lined sonobe, the barbed sonobe, the snow-capped sonobe and the reverse fold snow-capped sonobe.


Natasha Haas

Zebra Artist Statement:

Sometimes, a photo can speak of the micro and macro in life that we forget about in our daily lives. Other times, a zebra is just a zebra. Photo taken with Samsung S20+ with 5G. October 30th, 2020.

Texas Flower Artist Statement:

“On Earth we’re briefly gorgeous.” Ocean Voung. Taken at Frederiksberg, TX before the freeze of 2020, this field of flowers is both endless and absolutely gone. Photo taken with Samsung S20+ with 5G. October 31th, 2020.

These items are for sale:

Zebra- $50.00

Texas Flowers- $50.00

Roxi Singsaas

This piece is the “Warm Granny Square Afghan”, it was created using acrylic yarn and completed in 2014. By using the granny square technique, I was able to bring together many small pieces to create one large piece. The idea behind my work was to experiment with colors, evoking a warm and cool atmosphere that could act as a focal point to any seating or sleeping area in the home while still acting as a functioning blanket. It was my intention to bring the attention to the middle of the piece with bold and bright colors with the surrounding softer colors acting as a framing devise. This was the first time I worked to create and attach multiple small pieces to create one large piece. The final piece was not what I had imagined it to be because of its size and how well the colors melded together, but I was extremely happy with the final product. I used what I learned with this project by continuing to piece together smaller granny squares in creating larger pieces of work and by continuing to choose bold color combinations on several other projects in the future.

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William Whitworth

Brewster Street Blues:

The passion, the music, and the atmosphere are what help tell the story of this image. This was one of his first photography gigs at Brewster Street where he covered a jazz/rock band. He was inspired by this to title the piece Brewster Street Blues. William Whitworth has been capturing photographs for about two and a half years. He loves to go to live events, especially with live music. He can capture musicians and their passion. He thanks his mentor when he was a TAMUCC university photographer for creating a supportive and strong foundation for him. He has combined his love of people and photography.

Cutting Eyes:

Photography can be many things. In this case, it can be a simple and calm setting. He came across this cat in the cat alley at TAMUCC. The cat was asleep and as he crouched down the cat's eyes opened softly and gave him a look, the one you see now. The beautiful colors of the plants around the cat set them up perfectly and beautifully. William Whitworth has been capturing photographs for about two and a half years and while he loves to capture special moments for and between people, he finds the joy in capturing moments that he passes through.

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