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Digitally-Manipulated Image by Cielo Ornelas MacFarlane
2012 D. Bradley Smith Art Purchase Award Winner

The Artwork

Photo of the Artist Patience.
This image needed patience to emerge in its final form.
It waited three years as a latent image on a roll of film in an old camera before Cielo developed it in a photography course. Then it waited awhile longer for her to rediscover it, convert it to digital form and experiment on it using a variety of Photoshop filters in her AP Studio Art course.

It's pronounced "see-YEL-low."
And it's always "Ornelas MacFarlane," please.
Both of her parents are important influeces in her life and work. Her mother is a dancer and a published poet. Her father is a teacher of dance whose career as a college professor has taken her family from New York to Ann Arbor to Texas to New Mexico to New Jersey and to Geneseo. Brighton had to wait until Cielo's freshman year to meet her.

Everything else has to wait for Cielo's artwork.
In her Brighton experience, Cielo took every art course available to her: Studio Art I and II, Ceramics I and II, Jewelry Making, Sculpture, Photography I and II, Drawing and Painting, AP Studio Art and Portfolio Preparation -- everything the course catalog had to offer.

Cielo's other consuming interest was Galaxy, Brighton's award-winning art and literary magazine. The months of February, March, and April were largely consumed by the development of the annual publication, and everything else had to wait.

Cielo will continue her studies at SUNY Fredonia in the fall, and we'll all just have to exercise a little patience, to see what direction her work takes from there.

We can't wait to see!

Image provided by the artist
Story developed by Jim Kane

June 18, 2012

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