By Omar Reyes/ Staff Writer

Students and visitors stare in awe and wonder as they gaze upon some of the works offered by Tam Van Tran at the opening of the art gallery in K-100 on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

The sounds of exciting students and visitors were heard as they entered the Long Beach City College art gallery during the opening reception of two artists’ exhibits on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Admission was free as students entered the gallery at 6:30 p.m. and stayed until the gallery closed at 8:30 p.m. The art gallery featured works of two Los Angeles based artist: Dewey Ambrosino and Tam Van Tran, who were present during the opening reception, conversing about their art with students.

The art gallery, located in the K-Building at the LAC campus, housed Ambrosino’s “Los Psychogeographies” and Van Tran’s “Breathing” exhibits for all of the students to enjoy and appreciate the artistic talents that the two artist have to offer, art majors or not. Students like Marugenia Alfaro, 23, who is architecture major, stopped to enjoy the exhibit. “I think that it is really interesting that they have this event at school. It gives me a different perception of art.” Alfaro said.

The opening reception also offered delicious finger foods and refreshments to celebrate the opening of the exhibit. Among the occupants, making sure the guests were comfortable and that everything was in place, was Trevor Norris, who is the art galley coordinator at Long Beach City College. Having been assigned the art gallery coordinator since January, Norris took pride in organizing the event for the students in order to present Ambrosino’s and Van Tran’s work. “The students will see fairly extreme ways of working, not like material but in terms of process and in terms of ideas.” Norris commented Ambrosino’s exhibit, “Los Psychogeographies”, is inspired by artist group The Situationists, who, according to Ambrosino, believed the city they lived in, Paris, was a mind-controlled device that scripted our reality. Ambrosinos works involve using items such as walnut burl (a type of wood) and carved coins and he describes it as “the gifts of my neighborhood that I’m bringing to Long Beach.”

“Breathing”, Van Tran’s exhibit showcases works that are made from the simplest materials such as copper, paper, ceramic, and staples and assembles to make marvelous eye-catching works of art. On his work being displayed at LBCC, Van Tran said, “I’m actually really pleased. I feel quite honored that my work can be seen by students. I hope that they [his work] can contribute to their education.”

The exhibitions at the gallery will remain open until October 1st. The gallery’s hours on Mondays and Thursdays are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hours from Tuesday and Wednesday are from noon to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed throughout the weekend. $2 parking is available anytime in the C, D, E, and F Lots.