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Exhibit offers look at Paris

Purdue University Northwest students visited Paris and are showcasing their photos at Purdue's CHESS Art Gallery in Hessville.

Purdue University Northwest students were lucky enough to study abroad this summer in the City of Lights, the home of the Louvre, Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, countless bistros and free-flowing wine and conversation.

Now the Communication and Creative Arts Department students will showcase their photos of Paris in all its sophisticated, romantic glory at the CHESS Art Gallery at 6725 Kennedy Ave. in Hammond's Hessville neighborhood. An opening reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

“Getting the opportunity to display our artwork is an awesome bonus to this whole trip,” student Gabrielle Martin said. “I had taken a photography class prior to going to Paris, but I hadn’t really done much with it due to my lack of experience.”

The Purdue Northwest students studied art appreciation and photography in France. Communication and Creative Arts department head and the photography instructor Thomas Roach taught them about color composition and how to photograph monuments and street life.

“We all ended up with some really great photos, and I’m glad we get the opportunity to showcase them," Martin said.

Student Sara Komendat said visiting museums, discussing art styles and completing course assignments helped her develop her own style as a photographer.

“I am so excited and proud to show my work,” Komendat said. “It is an opportunity to show how hard I worked and to share that through my photography.”

The exhibit will run through the end of the month at the gallery, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

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