Meet Clare Verstegen, CAC culinary art students March 5 at the CAC Visual Arts Gallery opening reception

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College will host Clare Verstegen exhibit Current Atmospheres March 6 through April 29 at the Visual Arts Gallery on the Signal Peak Campus.

CAC’s Visual Arts Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday. It is located in the Student Services Building (Building M, Clock Tower) on the Signal Peak Campus at 8470 N. Overfield Road between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande.

Verstegen will be on hand for the exhibit’s special opening on Tuesday, Mar. 5, from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery.

A professor of art at Arizona State University since 1989, Verstegen teaches fibers and surface design with an expertise in printed textiles. She received a master’s of fine arts/fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Minn., and a bachelor’s of science in studio art from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Her art work has been exhibited in numerous invitational exhibitions, most recently at Contemporary Art Space in Osaka, Japan, in 2005. Other international venues where her work has appeared include Kyoto Art Museum, Senbikiya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Dague, Korea; and the Franz Meyer Museum, Mexico City.

In the United States her work has been exhibited at the Bellevue Art Museum in Washington; the Museum of Craft + Design in New York City; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; the Craft Alliance Gallery in Missouri; the Loveland Art Museum in Colorado; the Lancaster Museum of Art in Central Pennsylvania; the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin; and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Her work has been published in American Craft, Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal, Senshoku Alpha and Duetches Textilforum.

CAC’s culinary arts students will provide the refreshments for the gallery opening that will boast an Italian theme for the evening.

“If you've enjoyed the art and refreshments in the past, you may wonder what inspires the menus,” Chef Carol Bennett, who oversees the culinary arts program at CAC, explained. “This semester students are studying baking and pastry, and during the week of March 5, yeast bread production is on the syllabus. All the breads on the menu will be prepared in-house. It's a great opportunity for the students to experience quantity food production and working with deadlines.”

The collaboration between the culinary arts program and the CAC Visual Arts Gallery offers the community a wonderful evening to enjoy exceptional art work that is paired with quality food making. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the artists and the students who prepared the culinary cuisine.

“The Dining and Beverage students gain experience designing tablescapes and the art of serving food,” Bennett explained. “They learn front-of-the-house skills with the goal of acquiring restaurant management skills, while having the opportunity to act as wait-staff gives them valuable insight.”

The Italian-themed menu for the evening features:

·         Grissini

·         Blue Cheese and Bacon Focaccia

·         Butternut Squash, Ricotta and Sage Crostini

·         Mini Chicken Parmesan Sliders

·         Mini Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

·         Petite Cappuccino Cheesecake

·         Italian Cream Cakes

·         Tiramisu Cups

·         Sangria Punch

For more information please contact the Visual Art Gallery Director, Tom Belden (520-560-2452 / ).

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