Dozens of students and faculty visited the Lewis Reception Center in Miller Hall Wednesday for the “La Verne Inspired” gallery reception.
With artwork by Dania Sayvongsa filling every empty wall of the room, school spirit was anything but sparse.
Music that helped inspire the artwork welcomed visitors.
One noticeable change in the Miller Hall lounge was a white sheet covering the fireplace that had a projector playing a silent version of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The film mixed in with the theme of the exhibit and the Dorothy stencil that was used in some of Sayvongsa’s pieces.
“Some of the pieces are more indirectly resembling La Verne, like the subtle hints with the different colors Judy Garland (in one of the pieces), are La Verne’s school colors,” said Randy Miller, adjunct professor of journalism.
Other pieces were more obviously La Verne related, including one with the names of all of the department chairs, and others that showcased La Verne history. Sayvongsa was joined by her parents and daughter at the event.
In tribute to the birth of her daughter, Sayvongsa made a piece to honor her and included it with the other La Verne Inspired pieces. This one showed her daughter’s birthday in roman numerals and was titled “Rosemary’s Baby.”
“I did not help her, she just came up one day and showed me,” Kok Sayvongsa, Dania’s father, said.
Kok Sayvongsa said that he is proud of Dania’s accomplishments and that shows La Verne in a positive light.
“Its hard to think all of this was just me in my backyard one day,” Dania Sayvongsa said. “I never thought it would get this big, and I never thought this many people would come out and support me.”
Ten of the pieces in the collection hang in Miller Hall, while others have been kept by the Campus Center as permanent pieces in their collection.
“It’s hard to believe that she is an accounting major and not an art major,” Miller said.
One viewer was speechless after viewing Sayvongsa’s piece titled “Starry Night.”
“I fell in love with ‘Starry Night,’” said Ashley Guerrero, freshman child development major. “It includes everything I love: the sky, the moon and the stars.”
Sayvongsa is currently helping other students with their art and focusing on her studies and family. Art, though one of her biggest talents, is just one of her hobbies in her spare time.
Sayvongsa hopes to continue making more pieces that will be meaningful to others.
Veronica Orozco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.