Painting home: Comet Art Gallery returns to Coconino Community College, features powerful work of alum Jerrel Singer | Arts and Theatre
Petersen said he chose Singer’s work to show how students and faculty work together.
“It’s our little community,” said Petersen. “In addition to the work of current students and faculty, we also show the work of former students like Jerrel and the work of some well-known artists in Flagstaff.”
For example, the famous watercolor work by Roberta Rogers was shown in the gallery. Rogers previously taught watercolor at the CCC for several years. Upcoming artists include David Christiana, Darcy Falk, Leancy Rupert and Randall Wilson.
Singer said his pictures remind him of places where he grew up, rode horses with his father, and hunted cattle. Now he lives in cities and misses the large, open spaces.
He has been painting for 15 years.
“I didn’t mean to do it at first,” said Singer. “I was an engineering student.”
But his father got sick and Singer said he left school to take care of his father. During this time he took a pen and paper and began to draw. Art became important to him.
“Art was always there,” said Singer. “It helped my father’s death. It gave me a goal with a goal to create. “
Although he has pretty famous uncles who are artists – Shonto Begay, Baje Whitethorne Sr., Ed Singer – he chose to attend CCC to study art.