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The woman universally described by her former students and colleagues as a fiercely dedicated champion of the Yavapai College art programs is posthumously honored with the renaming of the YC Verde Art Gallery in her honor.
The Patty McMullen-Mikles Gallery at Yavapai College Christening Ceremony, celebrating the life and legacy of the successful artist and beloved former YC art teacher who died in 2015, takes place at the Gallery of art from the YC Verde Valley campus at 5 p.m. on September 30. The ceremony coincides with the opening reception of an exhibition titled âDon Reitz Follow Your Blissâ. The exhibition showcases the art and life of Reitz, a renowned ceramist and longtime resident of the Verde Valley who, before his death in 2014, gifted the college with a mural that now decorates the east wall of the Southwest Wine Center.
McMullen-Mikles’ family, friends and former colleagues applaud her being commemorated with her name adorning the Verde Campus Gallery that she founded and directed at the start of her 20 years of service in the art department by YC.
“We miss her dearly and well deserves this commemorative name change for the Verde Campus Art Gallery,” said YC professor Dr Barb Waak. Although he is a talented artist whose paintings, drawings and fiber artwork were represented by galleries all over the Southwest, Waak said teaching was McMullen’s âreal giftâ. Mikles. She could take students who were intimidated by the idea of ââputting a pencil, charcoal or paintbrush on paper and get them the most out of it, âWaak said.
YC professor Dr Amy Stein said she was grateful that the gallery’s name change came after a concerted campaign by YC faculty members, past and present. Stein called McMullen-Mikles a âgenerous teacherâ with a passion for art and education. “And her greatest gift to all of us in the last year of her life is that she taught us all how to leave this landscape with grace, beauty and dignity.”
McMullen-Mikles has taught drawing, two-dimensional design, oil painting, acrylic and watercolor, among many other credit and community education courses for YC. She is credited with the development of YC’s Associate Degree Program in Fine Arts and was a talented singer who toured Europe, the United States and Canada early in her career.
The Patty McMullen-Mikles Gallery christening ceremony and the Ron Reitz exhibition opening reception are free and everyone is welcome. Find out more about the combined events at www.yc.edu/artgallery.
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