Two Portales businesses will feature the art work of Eastern New Mexico University students each month in an effort to become involved in the community.
Senior Caitlin Lindsey will be the first artist to have her photography featured in Sleep Solutions and Ashley Furniture.
“It feels amazing,” Lindsey said. “I’m excited at the opportunity to get my artwork out in a public place. It’s the first time for me. I’ve only had my work featured in the campus gallery so it’s exciting to get out and be a part of the community.”
Denise Cleveland, a sales associate at Sleep Solutions, came up with the idea because she wanted to display student artwork in the stores to give students’ work exposure and recognition in the community.
Cleveland contacted Brian Hahn, secretary of ENMU’s art department, and he liked the idea and presented it to the faculty.
Each student featured will have two pieces on display, one in Sleep Solutions and one in Ashley Furniture. Both stores are connected by their parent company, Factory Direct.
Students also have the option to put their artwork up for sale in addition to being on display. Artwork can either consist of paintings or photography and any other framed art.
Lindsey had no hesitation in saying yes to Hahn. “I took that opportunity and I’m not looking back,” she said.
Her photos on display this month come from a series she did last summer on flowers. Lindsey took care of one of her professor’s garden last summer.
“I spent every evening just watering and taking pictures of flowers,” Lindsey said. “I loved the technique I was able to pull out of it, the different angles, actually getting down to a ground level so you’re not looking down on the flowers.”
Lindsey said she wanted to take something like flowers that she feels people take for granted and give it beauty. She said she wants to give people another chance to look and enjoy the simplicity of a flower.
After graduation Lindsey plans to continue developing her photography skills, a passion she developed at the age of 11.
“I plan on having my own photography studio further down the line when I develop enough clients,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey plans on specializing in pet portraits because she loves animals.