Oct 21, 2008

Secrets uncovered: Macel Falwell reveals hidden talents

by Kerah Kemmerer

Macel Falwell went public last Friday with paintings she has worked on throughout her lifetime. Her art will be displayed for the next several weeks in the Visual Communications Arts Hall (VCAR).

“In high school it was art or music,” Falwell said. “I knew I couldn’t sing.”

Falwell’s two desires were to play piano and exhibit her artwork, according to the Liberty Journal. The same source states that Falwell spent eight years serving as a pianist and last Thursday unveiled 50 years’ worth of paintings.

Falwell sat in the room, graciously thanking viewers as they complimented her work. She said that she had been hesitant to show anybody her art for fear that it was not good enough or might be criticized.

The show was supervised by student volunteers in the Visual Communication Arts field.

One host, junior Rebekuh Powers, fulfilled her self-titled position of “traffic control” by monitoring how many students went through the gallery. Only 10 individuals were permitted at a time.

The artwork included a variety of paints such as oil, watercolor and pastels. The paintings included depictions of kittens, landscapes and vases.

Included in the selection was the first painting Falwell had ever completed. The piece of art is titled, “Glass Pitcher with Ivy,” and was painted in 1952.

“It was very nice of her to display her artwork for all of us to see,” junior Amanda Thurman said. “I do not believe anyone had a clue that she was so talented. I thoroughly enjoyed her art show.”

The show will run until Nov. 17, and the gallery will be overseen by student workers. The gallery is open Mon. and Fri. 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. 1 - 9 p.m., Wed. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.


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