“Cultura” and “Butterflies and Stingers” opened last week


by Helen Martinez.

Story by Walker Walthall Student Reporter


 The definition of art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. 

Two art exhibits senior art exhibits were up this last week in the 2nd floor of Huie Library. Cultura by Helen Martinez and Butterflies and Stingers were both up from Feb. 19-26. 

Martinez’s exhibit was all about Mexican culture. All of her pieces were based on cards from a Mexican card game, “Loteria.” 

The cards she picked ranged from an image of a taco, which is Martinez’s favorite, to the virgin Mary. “When I was growing up these images were around a lot, and they always just stuck with me,” Martinez said. 

All of her pieces were made in Adobe Illustrator. Martinez’s reason for making this exhibit was “To show that Mexican culture and people are just like everyone else. We have a culture and we are proud of it.” 

Franchesca Smith’s exhibit “Butterflies and Stingers” had deep meaning for Smith. Smith was diagnosed lupus, and her exhibit is a joining of digital photos to show her life before and after this diagnosis. 

“Trying to find something else to be passionate about with my art was hard,” Smith said when she was talking about why she chose this specific topic. Smith hopes that others can be inspired by her art. 

“When people see my art I want them to know that even though I have this part of my life I’m still making beautiful things from it.” Smith said.