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Red Hill artist shows work in MCCC student exhibit in Pottstown

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STORY WRITTEN BY TARA LYNN JOHNSON
For Digital First Media

Jocelyn Belisle is beyond excited to have her artwork in her first show. The student artist is featured in the 10th Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition (Mixed Media), running through April 24, at Montgomery County Community College’s Art Gallery on the Pottstown Campus.
Belisle, of Red Hill, has always been creative, she said.
“I come from a family of artists. We have many generations of artists in our family history,” she said. “My mom, Susan, was a huge influence for me. She was always designing and creating things throughout my childhood.”

Artwork by Jocelyn Belisle. Submitted photo

Artwork by Jocelyn Belisle.
Submitted photo

And now Belisle is doing the same. In fact, in addition to studying art and being a student, she works as a professional art restorer. She has for more than 10 years now.
She’s building her portfolio while at school and thinking about pursuing an advanced degree, maybe at an art school in Philadelphia. She has an urge to create and hopes that will continue. She enjoys art because it stimulates an emotional reaction and feeds the senses, she said.
For the student exhibition, Belisle won an award for her piece titled “Building Abstraction.” The painting is done using a technique called pointillism.
“We were studying the theory in art of applying small distinct dots of color to a surface so that from a distance they blend together,” she said. “It’s a really cool technique.”
She also made two large charcoal drawings of veggies, both titled “Still Life,” among other works, for the show.
How she paints: she listens to “good music — psychedelic rock from the 60s,” she said, and works in a space with plenty of room to move around.
“I can’t just sit there in one place for too long,” she said. “I can be very animated.”
Even so, she’s methodical about her work. And when viewing the work of others, she tries to decipher their methods.
“I love viewing other artists’ work. I like to try to figure out their steps, decision making, color choices, skill set, and so on,” she said.
When making art, she keeps viewers in mind, to a point.
“I start off making the art for myself and what I like to see – overall composition, color combinations. But then it develops into ‘Wow! This is looking pretty cool. I think people will really enjoy this,’” she said. “But first I have to please myself.”
She likes to play with lighting.

Jocelyn Belisle. Submitted photo

Jocelyn Belisle.
Submitted photo

“By taking a common object and lighting it just so can give that common object an emotional feel and can become impactful,” she said. “I think that’s amazing and beautiful.”
But mostly she finds inspiration in one word:
“Simplicity,” she said. “I find beauty in the most simplest and common things.”
She even finds beauty in the mess that can accompany being a creative person.
“Between my projects at school and my full-time job, I’m usually covered in paint,” she said.
And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

IF YOU GO

What: 10th Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition, Mixed Media
When: 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fri., through April 24
Where: Montgomery County Community College, West Campus, Fine Arts Center Gallery, North Hall, 16 High St., Pottstown.
Info.: Call (610) 718-1800 or visit www.facebook.com/DestinationArts

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