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Visual arts graduating students sad program is ending

CNA art show

Jenna Short’s graduation from the College of the North Atlantic’s visual arts program is a little bittersweet this year, due to the program being discontinued.

She is one of the last graduates of the program to have a number of pieces of her works on display at a current exhibition at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre. The closure of the program was announced last year and finishes up this spring.

“It’s a little sad because not only am I going, but the program’s going too,” Short, who is from Port aux Basques, said.

Now that she’s graduating, she’s planning to take a year off and probably attend Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland after that to obtain her bachelor of arts.

Short said taking the visual arts program at College of the North Atlantic was a rewarding experience. She said the program kept her busy and she learned a great deal from her instructors.

“We had good instructors and we know they’re losing what they built up for so many years, so it’s also a new chapter for them,” she said.

Lance LeRoux of Stephenville, a former graduate of the program, returned this year specifically to take pottery.

He enjoyed the program that allowed him to focus on one thing for a time. LeRoux felt a little sad others won’t take be able to study visual arts in Stephenville any longer.

Graduate Marcella Williams said she felt fortunate to be able to complete the program before it was discontinued.

“But I’m glad I took the program and that I got to finish it before it shut down,” she said.

The exhibition will continue until April 27.

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Stephenville Arts, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Geographic location: Stephenville, Port aux Basques

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