Bonnie Farren: Somehow It Just Happened to Work Out
Art was always a passion for Bonnie Farren, but she never thought of it as something practical. After all, nobody really makes a living as an artist, right?
Bonnie came to NHTI to study Landscape Design, but decided to take an art class on the side … and that was when she met Susan Haas, head of the Visual Arts department. “You know how people tell you, ‘Just follow your dream and you’ll be successful’? Susan was the first person who ever made me believe that might really be true.”
When she became a Visual Arts major, Bonnie found herself having to explain herself to people. “Everyone said, ‘Oh, you’re at The Tech? Are you in nursing or radiology?’ And when I told them visual arts they said, ‘What are you going to do with that?’ So I said, ‘Teach.’ It was the only answer they could understand.”
Much as she loved art, Bonnie says, “I didn’t have a medium.” She hadn’t yet discovered a kind of art that really spoke to her. “Then I took my first ceramics class. I spent over 40 hours on one project! I had a vision.” Her work in that class led to an internship with the teacher at the Currier Gallery in Manchester, the first of many steps on a path toward artistic maturity and professionalism that Bonnie is still walking today.
The path has by no means been straight. Bonnie started taking art classes in 2004, took time off to have a child, and restarted school in 2010. “I’ve probably taken just about every art class there is except two,” she says. “And not just the ones I need for the major. I know some people try to take the minimum they need for the degree, but I just want to experience everything. It’s probably not very efficient, but I learn a lot.”
One of Bonnie’s first major achievements was to win a full scholarship to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Island, Maine, a residential art school where students live and work for up to two weeks developing their skills and their vision. Subsequently, she won a prestigious Plan NH / Alfred T. Granger Student Art Trust Fellowship. “That was a huge interview,” she says, “for which I was completely unprepared. It didn’t even occur to me to bring samples of my work for them to look at. Somehow it just happened to work out.”
Currently Bonnie is still taking a class “here and there,” and also teaching classes through NHTI and the Centennial Senior Center in Concord. She is thinking about 4-year schools and eventually even a master’s degree. And she’s no longer worried about whether or not what she is doing is practical. Somehow it will just happen to work out.
Campus Health Insurance Information and Enrollment Fair (though the Affordable Care Act)
Come learn what healthcare options are available to you through the new healthcare law (ACA). Find out:
Certified assisters will give a brief overview of the features and benefits of the Health Insurance Marketplace, answer questions and assist with enrollment. Use the available computers or bring you own to log on. You will need to bring for each member of your household who needs insurance:
Contact Janet Turgeon, Director of Health Services,
Wednesday, April 2
For more information and to see a list of employers attending visit www.nhcuc.org/job-fair/.
March 21, 2014
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Campus Safety Information
The following incidents occurred on NHTI property during the week of March 10-16, 2014. The numbers reflect only the incidents the Safety Department handled directly. To view the NHTI crime log of the past 60 days reported incidents please visit the Campus Safety office at 1 Institute Drive.
Fire Alarm: 1
Lock/Key Issues: 26
Lost and Found: 20
Motor Vehicle Lockout/Jumpstarts: 4
Tickets Issued: 8
Outside Vendor Assists: 13
(Cable/Phone Company, etc.)
Campus Safety Information Corner
We hope everyone enjoyed a safe and relaxing Spring break! Are you aware that theft of personal property increases from the middle to the end of an academic school year? Please be conscientious of your belongings and make sure they are properly secured whether its in your vehicle, locker or room! If you have items of value that contain serial numbers or other identification, make a list of the items and their numbers and keep them in a secure location in case you are the victim of a theft. Doing so will assist authorities and better the odds of recovering your stolen merchandise!