By Virginia Santillanes
Arts and Entertainment Editor
Vivian Avalo standing by the newsstand she painted. Photo created by Virginia Santillanes.
Artist Ray H. Guzman, Jr. stands by the newsstand he painted. Photo by Virginia Santillanes.
Both members and non-members of College of the Desert’s Art Club painted The Chaparral newspaper stands over the summer. The stands are located throughout the College of the Desert Palm Desert campus and one at the Palm Desert Library.
Ray H. Guzman, president of the COD Art Club, says “this club is fairly new and painting The Chaparral newsstands is our second project that we started this summer.” COD art students were not given a theme to paint the newsstands. They had the liberty to paint whatever subject and colors they chose which makes each newsstand uniquely different from one another. Guzman also says, “you do not have to be in the Art Club to participate as an artist in any of the projects.”
The participating painters of the newspaper stands were COD art students, Vivian Avalos, Jaye Elle and Ray H. Guzman. Jaye Elle is a member of the Art Club, he joined and participated in the first project art show. Elle is a studio art major and named his work “Galaxy Landscape” with images of triple moons and feminine symbols. Avalos is also a studio art major. She named her painting “Every Day” and said, “my design is vivacious and the name means full of life.” Her design has bright colors with green, yellow, blue and red flowers. All 13 newspaper stands are distinctively differently painted with some work from individual artists and others are collaborative works. Ray’s newspaper stand is painted with his original characters and happy upbeat expressions including bright fluorescent colors that glow in the dark.
Guzman also spoke about another project he was part of before the newspaper stands. He curated an art show in June 2017 at the Create Center of the Arts, Palm Desert. The art show consisted of 30 art students some members and non-members and 120 pieces of artworks were displayed.
Guzman plans to create and put up flyers on the community board for students to find upcoming Art Club project opportunities. Look for Ray Guzman during Club Rush on Sept. 27.
To see the artistic newspaper stands visit the following locations at: COD’s Cravens Center, Carol Meyer Hall, Liberal Arts, Business, Nursing, Math, South Annex, Cafeteria, Diesel Mechanics and in front of the Palm Desert Library.
With the colorful newspaper stands you can’t miss finding The Chaparral’s latest news.