NRCC hosts “First Americans” watercolor show
|An exhibition of watercolor works entitled “First Americans: Still Here” by artist Jerry Frech is on display at New River Community College in Dublin. A “meet the artist” reception will be held on Wednesday, February 27, at 12:30 p.m.
Frech is a graduate teaching fellow at Radford University and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. In addition to teaching at Radford, he also teaches at Pathway Christian Academy in Christiansburg and offers private lessons. Though Frech has long had a passion for art, he didn’t actively pursue it until later in life.
In 2006, he spent seven months serving with the National Guard in Iraq, where he found comfort in art – filling five journals with sketches and drawings of his experiences. When he returned from deployment, he decided to make art his career.
He has since obtained a bachelor’s degree in art from Bluefield College, been represented in multiple galleries, exhibited in shows across the country and sold over 200 pieces to various collectors.
Frech’s NRCC show is a portion of a series that he describes as “far from completion.” He focuses on telling stories about the “first Americans,” – past, present and future. The individuals portrayed in his paintings come from various Native American tribes along the East Coast. Frech says he focused on East Coast tribes because “as a society, we are infatuated with the Southwest and therefore Eastern Woodland Tribes tend to be forgotten. The descendants of these tribes make a point to remind us that they are ‘still here’ and they will always be.”
The show is on display in NRCC’s art gallery in Godbey Hall through Monday, May 6. Gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Works by Jerry Frech