The art exhibit opening Thursday at the Pasco-Hernando Community College art gallery in New Port Richey is such an obvious match that it's a wonder no one has thought of it in the nearly four years the space has been open.
It's the first "Staff and Faculty Summer Art Show," a showcase of 32 artworks by 14 employees from several PHCC campuses.
The exhibit opens with a reception from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and continues 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Aug. 5.
"Actually, it was sort of a grass roots thing," said Ray Calvert, who took over as director of libraries a year ago and is in charge of the gallery space.
"The art gallery is in our (library) building, and I chair the committee that oversees the gallery," he said. "Some time ago, the faculty and staff approached me about this. It's the first time we're trying this, and we're hoping it comes about every year."
Word spread quickly on the PHCC campuses in New Port Richey, Dade City, Brooksville and Spring Hill. Responses came from the art faculty and "from folks who happen to work here who have an aspect of being creative," Calvert said.
The artists include adjunct faculty member David Kastner, whose sculptures and paintings are in major galleries in the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. He's had shows in Paris and Italy and was invited to be in the Tokyo International Forum. He had a one-man show at the PHCC gallery in November and December of 2009.
But work also came from many other sources, including Clarissa Simmens, the assistant director for financial aid and veterans services, as well as faculty members who teach computer science and other non-art courses.
"That's kind of a neat point about it," Calvert said. "Most of these folks — it's something they are interested in just doing it. You have a very broad range of people, as far as what they do here at the college."
The work includes photography, sculpture, charcoals, textiles, pencil drawings and acrylic paintings.
Calvert is especially pleased that the exhibit is taking place over the summer.
"Last summer, there wasn't anything in the gallery," he said. "I think there should be something in there all the time."