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Drawings on exhibit at UMFK Blake Library gallery by Bhava Albert

August 22, 2011





The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Blake Library gallery will feature the work, of local artist Bhava Albert, through Friday, September 30. The exhibit, “Press Start to Play,” can be view during regular library hours.

Albert’s exhibit is a collection of drawings of some of her favorite characters from video games. The drawings represent characters that she grew up with, befriended by them as a child, and carried with her through the years. But there also is another, more important reason as to why she is so passionate about video games. Video games are art, too. Her work is done entirely in 6B graphite, several with references; the rest without.
“I can relate to them, laugh with them, and draw from their strong personalities and unique stories, to help create ones of my own. They supply me with a steady flow of ideas for inspiration, a deep well of imaginings that will never run dry. With new video games being released every month, I have a never-ending supply of creativity to siphon from,” notes Albert.
“These characters are so different, varied. They range from a female bounty hunter chasing alien hordes to a Demon Prince of the Netherworld defending his right for the throne. Some characters are believable, almost real, while others take a bit more effort to accept. Still, each one is unique and appealing in its own way, and you soon find yourself picking your own personal favorites among them,” adds Albert.
Albert has fun spending time with her favorite characters from the past and present, and she can’t wait to meet others that she sure to find in the future.
Albert is 24-years-old and lives in Bangor, Maine. The West Virginia native loves to read books, draw, paint, write stories, and play video games. She graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle with a bachelor in arts degree, and is considering going to a graduate school, where she plans to major in art. Albert draws the Valley Girls comic strip for the Fiddlehead Focus.
For more information on the exhibit, contact Sofia Birden, gallery curator, at 834-7527.