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Serving the Fullerton Community Since 1922

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Different strokes of beauty

Mia Tavonatti’s opening reception, held in the art gallery Thursday February 7 introduced the college and community to the artist with a 20 year career.

Tavonatti has chosen 14 of her pieces for display in the Art Gallery Room through February 28 as part of the artist in residence program.

Tavonatti revealed her inspirations from her exhibition came from her time living in Greece.

“They are self portraits,” Tavonatti said.

Her intention with art is to reveal beauty’s true nature and the transformative power it possesses.

“I tried to bring the spirit or emotion, the physical aspect and how they come together,” she said.

The artist will also demonstrate techniques in painting and glass mosaic and a lecture in the Wilshire Auditorium February 27 at 7p.m.

Growing up in an artistic family, Tavonatti has been painting since she was 17 years old. Her father was an art teacher and her parents both owned an art gallery.

“I took an art class my freshman year of high school,” Tavonatti said. “People told me I shouldn’t pursue art as a career because I wouldn’t make a good living, but here I am.”

All events of the program are free and open to students and the public.

The college’s artist in residence program created in 1972 is arranged by the Art Department, and invites renowned professionals to exhibit their work.

During the decided time the artist participates in a lecture and multiple demonstrations. The intention is to give students insight into their craft and successful careers.

For more information on when and where you can attend the gallery’s or Tavonatti’s events visit

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