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Paintings depicting the beauty of geology, engineering and even the paranormal drew in large crowds who were in awe of the CityArts Factory’s event on Thursday.

The opening of the free event, "Eureka! The Moment When Art Collides With Science," lasted from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and featured work from artists with diverse backgrounds and inspirations.

Artist Linda Brant, a UCF alumna clinical psychologist and former UCF instructor had a unique collection — of bones.

“All my artwork is animal welfare,” Brant said. ‘It’s my personal memorial for these animals.”

Brant’s work includes photographs, concept-mapping and sculpture as her artistic platforms.

In her artist statement on her personal website she wrote, “Honoring can take many forms, ranging from traditional burials and funerary rites to everyday acts such as story-telling, picture-making and memory production. It may also be construed as a psychological state of reverence, expressed in simple acts of caring.”

Currently, Brant teaches at Ringling College of Art and Design, but during her time working for UCF's Department of Child, Family and Community Sciences, she taught human development, teaming and systems in early childhood special education and communication with parents and agencies.

Another knight, Richard Munster, who has a background in pottery making, showcased his works of art inspired by geology.

"As I became more familiar with the material, it turned into sculpture,” Munster said.

He is graduating this semester with a bachelor of fine arts with a focus on ceramics and sculpture. The pieces he had on display were made with natural material including glass and clay.

“UCF had been pivotal in giving me the time and resources,” Munster said.

Along with his own personal growth with UCF, Munster said he hopes UCF will also grow in the way the local art community has.

“As the arts in Central Florida grow, I hope UCF would allow the SVAD to follow in that pattern and embrace the thriving culture we are building in Orlando,” he said.

Megan Ariel, junior web design major, takes a more gothic, paranormal approach to her style of work.

“I would describe it as when the prettiest girl you know looks like a ghost and started haunting you,” Ariel said.

She added that she draws her inspiration from female models and the odd and paranormal along with fantasy.

For these drawings, she finds old, Italian paintings from stores that have an intricate, rustic-like frame, which perfectly frames her pieces.

The opening of "Eureka!" will be followed by a second opening featuring guest speakers from the science and art community, which will take place in two weeks, according to the news release.

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Veronica Brezina is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at veronicab@centralfloridafuture.com

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