JACKSON TWP.  A showcase featuring the artwork of two Stark State College students is open through May 26 in the College’s second floor gallery in its Student Services Building, 6200 Frank Ave. NW.

Arianna Horton, a business management-entrepreneurship major from Uniontown, is displaying wire-wrapped crystals while Preston J. Fodor, an associate of arts-English major from North Canton, is exhibiting his colorful canvases.

The public is invited to an artists’ reception May 17 from 6-7:30 pm. in Room S204 in the Student Center.

Horton said she was unaware crystals could be so radically transformative until she began working with them closely, finding a strong connection to her higher self, becoming a more focused artist and entrepreneur. It’s her hope, she said, “that others who wear my jewelry will see the crystals as extensions of themselves and as a metaphor for achieving a lifestyle of complete authenticity to one's true life purpose.”

View her jewelry and live streams on Instagram: @mad.crystals.

Fodor has found both art and music to be avenues of support in dealing with the obstacles and hurdles of life. Evolving from simple 2-D cartoons to putting splashes of color onto canvas, he began experimenting with depth in painting on a regular basis. It wasn’t until he sold his first piece that he realized how much of a “relic” art really is, he said, as a way for the world to remember him by.

He encourages the patron to interpret art “not with simple judgement but with love and compassion, the way life should be looked at every day.”

Most art in the show is available for purchase, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to the College’s aesthetics fund.  

The gallery is open to the public at no charge from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. For additional information about the show, call 330-494-6170, ext. 4733 or email mover@starkstate.edu.