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Virtual Art and Creativity Festival

Showcasing talent and creative expression from the Berkeley College Community. New exhibits launch annually in honor of National Distance Learning Week.

2018 Submissions

The Peacock

Adonis Jimenez
New York City Student, Accounting
Veteran
Acrylic Paint

The peacock symbolizes vision, royalty, awakening, guidance, protection, and watchfulness.

Inner Thoughts

Adonis Jimenez
New York City Student, Accounting
Veteran
Acrylic Paint

Releasing your inner thoughts.

Blue Butterfly

Annell Batista
Woodland Park Student, Legal Studies
Acrylic Paint

During a test of emotional turmoil, I painted the blue butterfly to represent recarnating into something new and beautiful but still blue representing cold , sadness and disappointment.

New York City

Sugyeong Jang
Woodland Park Student, Graphic Design
Watercolor

I thought detail was important by working on it. It shows the night sky and famous shops in New York, and I think it is neighbors because there are many stores in one place.

Ashwam in Agra India

Cyndy Marchese
New York City Associate
Oil on Canvas

I took a photo of this Ashwam in Agra, India in 2009 during my first trip to India. I found the India to be a colorful and exciting place and I wanted to remember it. This is the first painting that I ever did.

Lady in Agra

Cyndy Marchese
New York City Associate
Oil on Canvas

I started the International Office of Berkeley College in 1991. Since its inception, we have had students come to Berkeley from over 100 different countries. Through my work, I have traveled far and near and have met students from every single continent. In 2009, I traveled to India. I found the country truly inspiring. The positive attitude of the people, the spices, the colors, and the beauty of India captured my heart. With this in mind, I thought I would start a series of paintings that showed life in this vast country. Painting 1, the Ashram, was my very first painting. The Lady looking out to the world was the second painting, and the Oxen mowing the lawn in front of the Taj Mahal was my third. They represent fond memories for me.

Mowing the Lawn at the Taj Mahal

Cyndy Marchese
New York City Associate
Oil on Canvas

The Oxen Mowing the Lawn in front of the Taj Mahal was my third painting in a collection that represents fond memories for me.

Swooshing Gumballs

Melanie Castano
Online Student, Fashion Merchandising & Management
Acrylic Paint

My inspiration was the variety of different gumballs and a brush stroke technique.

2017 Submissions

Sea Turtle

Kurt Ackerman
New York City Faculty
Oil Paint

The USS Arizona

Kurt Ackerman
New York City Faculty
Oil Paint

Inspired by a visit to Pearl Harbor.

Box of Rain

Kurt Ackerman
New York City Faculty
Oil Paint

Inspired by the music "Box of Rain" by Phil Lesh & Robert Hunter

Karma

Kurt Ackerman
New York City Faculty
Oil Paint

Gershwin

Kurt Ackerman
New York City Faculty
Oil Paint

Inspired by "Rhapsody in Blue."

Forever

Kurt Ackerman
New York City Faculty
Oil Paint

The Moon Overseas

Laylanie Reinoso
New York City Student, Criminal Justice
Acrylic

The artist took the inspiration from a cloudy night at the beach.

Music

Briana Saccheri
Online Student, Marketing Communications

Hold the World in Your Arms

Briana Saccheri
Online Student, Marketing Communications
Acrylic Paint

Elephant

Briana Saccheri
Online Student, Marketing Communications
Acrylic Paint

Untitled

Clarissa Miranda-Simmons
Woodbridge Student, Fashion Merchandising and Management
Acrylic paint, canvas, plaster and mod pog

Galaxy

Stephanie Rodriguez
Woodland Park Student, Interior Design
Acrylic on Canvas

Untitled

Liza Biswas
White Plains Student

Abstract

Eva Gidova
Newark Student

It brings out my feelings of freedom. Do stuff that I love and want to do.

Flower

Eva Gidova
Newark Student

It is my second relaxation painting. It brings out my inner feelings after being free and feel safe at my home with my daughter.

Half Woman

Eva Gidova
Newark Student

I made this as a relaxation during my hard time, when I was going through fighting for my freedom and becoming Domestic Violence Survivor. Some of survivor put their emotion in dance I put it in paintings. Half woman was my first picture, representing me, in years of terror.

"Disney Inspired Wood Design"

Angelica Montoya

Woodland Park Student, Graphic Design

Acrylic Paint on Pine Wood

https://www.etsy.com/listing/475156562/handpainted-wood-disney-design?ref=shop_home_active_1

"Stainglass Wings"

Armenia Bell

NYC Student, Criminal Justice

This piece is called "Stainglass Wings". I am a huge fan of Stained glass windows. I also love butterflies. But my mother is really the blame for the way the butterfly came out. I was in the middle of painting in a section of the wing. When my mother walked in and said I should leave it that way. So I decided to paint the rest of my butterfly that way. I started with a corner and worked my way through the butterfly. Painting one section darker than the rest.

"Melissa's Mixed Moods"

Melissa Espinoza

Woodland Park Student, Criminal Justice

Different canvases, cardboards, foam boards.Random inspiration.

"Tiola"

Ana Pavicevic

NYC Student, Marketing

Oil paint and acrylic paint. This is a painting of a beautiful semi-naked woman who's hands are in the praying position, her hands form an eye shape where her third eye is. This painting is inspired by a personal realization and self knowledge to forgive and move on.

"Byrdz of Paradi$e"

Melissa Espinoza

Woodland Park Student, Criminal Justice

I Really Want Birds of Paradise in My Wedding Bouquet

"Gone Culture"

Lorena Ramos

Dover Student, Medical Assistant

Acrylic, oil, spray on canvas. My work is through my eyes of places, thoughts, culture, nature and ideas. The mind is set free to explore the above.

"Holes"

Yamilex Rivera

Woodbridge Student, Business management

This art work is composed of glow in the dark acrylic paint. This painting is based on the movie Holes and I painted this picture in the dark with glow in the dark paint.

"Chicago"

Lorena Ramos

Dover Student, Medical Assistant

Acrylic, oil, spray on canvas. My work is through my eyes of places, thoughts, culture, nature and ideas. The mind is set free to explore the above.

"Sitting"

Isabella Ramirez

Woodland Park Student, Interior Design

"Everlasting Garden"

Lorena Ramos

Dover Student, Medical Assistant

Acrylic, oil, spray on canvas. My work is through my eyes of places, thoughts, culture, nature and ideas. The mind is set free to explore the above.

"Yin Yang"

Melissa Espinoza

Woodland Park Student, Criminal Justice

This was for a class project based on culture, I chose the "graffiti culture."

"Pink with a Purpose"

Sherri Orenberg-Ruggieri

Faculty, School of Liberal Arts

Watercolor and pencil on textured paper

Everywhere, I see bright pink reminders of breast cancer. What if I want to forget about it? 
I've done my time. 
Still, as a survivor, silence is not an option.
My voice must join the many others.
Pink warriors, men and women,
more deserving than I have fallen. 
I inhale their stories of bravery. 
Bright pinks saturate my senses.
I exhale appreciation for life. 
The wind scatters my messy thoughts 
in curly waves of hair. 
Hair restored, new eyes irreparably transformed. 
I see everywhere messages of pink. 
Messages of hope.

"Hunter"

Silvana Lopez

Online Student, National Security

Acrylic paint on canvas

This is a portrait of my cat Hunter. I wanted to accentuate his most prominent features, which are his bright yellow eyes.

Untitled

Briana Saccheri

Dover Student, Fashion Merchandising

"A Single Leaf Falls"

Sherri Orenberg-Ruggieri

Faculty, School of Liberal Arts

Watercolor and waterproof ink

I see a symphony of color in a single leaf

"Help"

Fatimaezzahra Ejjennane

Online Student, Bachelor of Business Administration / Communication and Marketing

Just a hopeless cry for help.

"The Zebras"

Fatimaezzahra Ejjennane

Online Student, Bachelor of Business Administration / Communication and Marketing

We all need some love and some tenderness: they can be pretty inspiring.

"Bodhi"

Kelly Bennett

Reference & Instruction Librarian, Woodbridge

Acrylics

"Country Eggs"

Suzanne Dinse

Administrative Asst. to COO, Woodland Park

Student, Graphic Design

Intro to Painting - class assignment was to paint 7 eggs.

"I Robot"

Mark Maddalena

Web Designer, Paramus

The artist likes to use a 3D modelling program called Poser to  design, model and render 3D figures. He often then incorporates them into backgrounds created in PhotoShop and Painter. This piece was inspired by a series of stories written by Isaac Asimov centered around robots.

BIO: I  am a graphic designer and I have always been drawn to the "virtual reality" of creating on the computer. I was trained as a designer just before desktop computers sarted infiltrating the field, and I love being able to create without having to clean up afterwards (as in "real" paining, etc.)

"Sunflower"

Sherri Orenberg-Ruggieri

Faculty, Liberal Arts, Woodbridge Campus


Sunflowers haunt many of my old and new paintings.  I love the shapes within and without this complex flower.  Odd color combinations and textures become means for exploration. 

 

"Tulips and Daffodils Dance"

Sherri Orenberg-Ruggieri

Faculty, Liberal Arts, Woodbridge Campus

Watercolor and glaze:

Crude tools of word or paint fail to capture the “art in the garden.”  Azaleas perform a color symphony.  Sweet lilac fragrance lingers as the blossoms fade.   Gardens of order and chaos intermingle on fences.  Tulips and Daffodils dance in the sun.  Long stems of green weave and wave.  Color on paper freezes the moment.  Time stops in the garden. 
 
 
 

"Autism"

Sherri Orenberg-Ruggieri

Faculty, Liberal Arts, Woodbridge Campus

Watercolor and permanent blue ink on cold press (textured) paper: This painting is inspired by the challenges faced by my sixteen year old daughter, who is on the autism spectrum.  In the painting, I imagine how our world appears to her.  It seems to me that life's beautiful colors are blocked by autism's interference.  To survive, she retreats into her world beyond daily sensory attacks.  During the act of painting, I reach for her. 

"Pet Portrait Paintings"

From left to right starting in the back are the names: Lilibeth Taveras from Woodbridge FA and her pet Nicky; Joey Tuason from Woodland Park Admissions and her pet Bailey; Cristina Carnemola Director of FA Online and her pet Blazey; Donna Daidone from Online FA and her pets Lily & Ella ; Andrea Garzon from Online FA and my pet Cleo; Pilar Vasquez from Online FA and her pet Mily; and Pamela Arnold from Woodland Park Financial Literacy and her pet Cali.

This event was created to not only appreciate our pets as they are considered family members but also to help create a good work environment amongst each other. Blank canvas, paint, and personal picture of our pet.

"Hop Frog"

Pamela Snyder-Gallagher

Faculty, Online

Watercolor on paper. Painting of a "book cover" of an Edgar Allen Poe short story.

"Flamingo Reflecting"

Lorena Ramos

Dover Student, Medical Assistant

Acrylic, oil, spray on canvas. My work is through my eyes of places, thoughts, culture, nature and ideas. The mind is set free to explore the above.

"C.A.S."

Yamilex Rivera

Woodbridge Student, Business management

This particular artwork was made completely of crayola crayons. This art work was created for the Center For Academic Success here at the Woodbridge campus. I used Hot glue crayons and a blow dryer to make this art work.

"Sagittarius"

Melissa Espinoza

Woodland Park Student, Criminal Justice

Foam board, acrylic paint.

In order for an arrow to be shot forward, it needs to be pulled back. My zodiac sun sign is Sagittarius and I love being one. 

"Water 2 Wine"

Lorena Ramos

Dover Student, Medical Assistant

Acrylic, oil, spray on canvas. My work is through my eyes of places, thoughts, culture, nature and ideas. The mind is set free to explore the above.

"Trying to Tune in with Tranquility"

Melissa Espinoza

Woodland Park Student, Criminal Justice

This was painted during a time where I was trying to get out of a funk.

"Skullz & Stuff"

Melissa Espinoza

Woodland Park Student, Criminal Justice

Just looking for love. Acrylic paint, faux flowers.

"The 4 Stars"

Fatimaezzahra Ejjennane

Online Student, Bachelor of Business Administration / Communication and Marketing

Made by acrylic, and a Pebeo "All surfaces" painting. I melted the colors by blowing in a straw so the different colors will push each others and create this effect. Before painting I'd stick stars in the canvas to create a 3D image.

Just a simple happy art: stars lost in a colorful universe, just like humans lost in a colorful world.

"Free"

Stephanie Rodriguez

Woodland Park Student, Interior Design

I tend to just go with the flow of how I am feeling. My work is done to make people smile and enjoy what they are looking at.

"Puzzled Heart"

Fatimaezzahra Ejjennane

Online Student, Bachelor of Business Administration / Communication and Marketing

Made by acrylic, and a Pebeo "All surfaces" painting. I melted the colors by blowing in a straw so the different colors will push each others and create this effect.

This is obviously a broken heart.. made in a pretty bad period of my life. But I guess the bright colors inspire a bit of unconscious hope maybe, that probably helped me made my heart happy again today.

"Color of Life"

Briana Saccheri

Dover Student, Fashion Merchandising

My motivation for this acrylics painting is simply, life. I painted this around the same time I was learning to play the piano.

"The Cry of the Zebra"

Fatimaezzahra Ejjennane

Online Student, Bachelor of Business Administration / Communication and Marketing

A zebra shouting. A need to be heard. A need to expel all the suffering of an unhappy person in a happy life.

Untitled

Briana Saccheri

Dover Student, Fashion Merchandising

Untitled

Lisa St. Hilaire

Carreer Councelor, Career Services, Online

"Welcome Lake"

Suzanne Dinse

Administrative Asst. to COO, Woodland Park

Student, Graphic Design

Welcome Lake Pa. Acrylic on canvas

"Still Life No. 1"

Kelly Bennett

Reference & Instruction Librarian, Woodbridge

Acrylics

"Girl by the Pool"

Katie Maricic

Librarian, Woodbridge Campus

Oil on Canvas

"Eric"

Katie Maricic

Reference/Instruction Librarian, Woodbridge

Eric is an oil painting based on a photograph of Katie’s cousin when he was in Little League baseball.

“There’s No Place Like Belmar”

Katie Maricic

Reference/Instruction Librarian, Woodbridge

The mural, “There’s No Place Like Belmar,” was painted in December 2012 as part of the Belmar Arts Council’s project to beautify the drab, depressing barricades blocking off storm-ravaged Ocean Avenue in Belmar. Katie designed and drew the concept, and painted it with help from her mother Bernadette, sister Elizabeth, and friends Danielle and Emily Brennan. As a true beach bum and Belmar local, this project was near and dear to Katie’s heart.

"Splish Splash!"

Dr. Melissa DuBrowa

Faculty, Woodbridge Campus

This painting is a result of my “right brain” need to create. I enroll in a watercolor class year-round to keep my sanity and to feed my need for creativity.