Student Art in Gallery Show

Junior Caroline Kim never in a million years thought her art would be hanging in a gallery, but that's exactly where you can see this up-and-coming artist's work.

Two of Caroline's digital works are on display through Dec. 20 in the "Starstruck" exhibit at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda.

"I honestly thought only one of them could barely get accepted," Caroline said. "I was really surprised when they told me they liked all of my art."

Hearing the news was one thing. Seeing her art displayed in a gallery was an entirely different experience, Caroline said.

"When I first went there on opening night (Nov. 6), I saw my work hanging on the wall right in front of the entrance," she said. "I was so surprised. It's amazing."

Digital artwork is just as it sounds -- art that is digitally altered by a computer. It's a form of art new to Caroline, 17. She's always enjoyed art, but has gotten more serious about it in the past three years.

Caroline creates her digital pieces by first starting with hand-drawn sketches. She then enters that art into her computer and uses Photoshop to digitally alter the images. The two pieces accepted at the gallery are her first attempts at digital art.

While Caroline has entered her art in many contests, this is the first time she's ever tried to get her art displayed in a gallery. Both of her gallery pieces feature altered images of women. Not only is the art on display, but it's also for sale.

Caroline hopes to attend the Rhode Island School of Design with plans to pursue a career in advertising art.

Congratulations, Caroline!

NOTE: Foothill art teacher Trish Fenton won the best of show award in the "Starstruck" exhibit. Congratluations, Mrs. Fenton!

Top two -- Photos of Caroline Kim's art
Bottom -- Caroline Kim on opening night with Frank Bette Center for the Arts executive director Debra Owen