Artists Jerry Sawitz ’74 (left) and David Paul DeMars, Class of ’73, didn’t just assist in organizing an alumni exhibition in honor of two admired late mentors. Both also contributed portraits, one each of John Solem and Jerry Slattum, that they’d painted for the families of professors emeriti whose deaths in 2014 ended an era for graduates in art. Sawitz consulted with Solem’s wife, Gloria, on the right pose for his former teacher and close friend: “She wanted him portrayed as if he were evaluating someone’s artwork and getting ready to say something.”
Lea Lamp ’73 led the effort to bring together 275 works by the two former professors and 68 alumni – living as far away as Norway, Germany, Hawaii and the East Coast – for the June show at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery. A reception on Father’s Day drew 40 of the artists and about 300 people, she said.