Food Focus for Next Art Show

Jasmine Marin, a visual arts student at Idyllwild Arts, was making batches of ginger beer last weekend.

“This batch didn’t turn out so well,” she said, disgusted. “I’ll have to try again this afternoon.”

Normally, the school probably wouldn’t allow a student, even a senior in good standing, to make beer in her room. (Actually, it was in her dorm parent’s room.) However, this project was approved by Rob Rutherford, head of the Visual Arts Department.

Marin plans on distributing her homemade ginger beer at “Visual Art III,” the next student art show held this Friday, May 7, at 6:00 p.m. at the Parks Exhibition Center.

The four other visual artists in the show, including Yoo Bin Cha, Sana Liu, Bella Oh, and Brent Terry, are planning their art around a food theme too.

“Brent Terry is going to show photos of meat,” Marin added.

Yoo Bin Cha plans on showcasing Asian food on ceramic plates that she created, and Sana Liu has miniature marshmallows attached to a sculpture, but it won’t be edible.

Marin said that the food theme wasn’t planned, but just worked out that way.

She said that she proposed this ginger beer installation because she’s questioning why art always has to be pretty.

“I just wanted to create art that can be consumed by my friends,” she said.

The ginger beer recipe came from the Food Network, and calls for a lot of fresh squeezed lemons and ginger.

“I must’ve squeezed 100 lemons last night,” Marin said. “My hands feel like they’re going to fall off, but it’s worth it.”

Besides the test tasting, the visual aspect of her ginger beer installation will feature drawings on the labels attached to the empty beer bottles suspended from the ceiling, she said.

Marin said that there probably won’t be art on the labels of the 28 ginger beer bottles that will be consumed at the art opening.

“I hope that they return the bottles,” Marin said.

At school, recycling is encouraged, with containers available everywhere. In fact, ginger ale is the only soft drink that is served in the school’s cafeteria.

“Visual Art II,” the next senior art show, is free and open to the public. It will be held at 6:00 p.m. this Friday, May 7, at the Parks Exhibition Center on the Idyllwild Arts Campus. The show runs until May 14. For more information, call (951) 659-2171 or visit

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