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    Feature
Wednesday, March 2,1994
The Cla^lftnas Print Pg. 3
Zoo Bus artist teaches airbrushing
by Jocelyn Gauthier
The Print Staff
From snowmobiles to
helicopters and now to fingernails,
Nail Technology instructor David
Bradley expresses the art of
airbrushing.
Bradley’s interest in
airbrushing began in 1972 when
murals were firs t being airbrushed
on cars. He wanted to have his
own car done, but after pricing
three artists, all which charged a
fortune, he figured that if they
could do it,, so could he.
“I was going here (CCC),
and I worked for free for a man
until I learned how to do it,” he
said. “Twenty years ago there
weren’t that many people doing it
on cars, and that’s what my pri­
mary interest is.”
Bradley has been
airbrushing ever since, although
the van craze of the ’70s led to the
end of airbrush art. Bradley ex­
plained the decline as the result of
“so much ugly work done” on the
vans. Since he started teaching
airbrush art on cars in 1985, he
has “stressed not to do ugly work
causethere’senoughofitoutthere,
there really is!”
One of Bradley’s biggest
jobs was the Zoo Bus, a bus that
photo contributed by David Bradley
This rear-view of the Zoo Bus is just one portion of the bus
that David Bradley airbrushed.
ran through Portland to the Wash­
Bradley has had many
ington Park Zoo. He learned how major jobs ... enough to know
to paint it from the late Jack there are 54 whiskers on a cat.
Ruckman, original painter of the “It’s hard to say about one par­
Zoo Bus. Bradley said the bus had ticularjob. About everything that
a tendency togetrunintoin down­ moves I’ve airbrushed on, except
town traffic, and once it ran into a submarine. Until this term I
the admissions office at the zoo. It never touched a nail.”
has been wrecked and repainted
This is the first term the
three times. Each time the entire Nail Tech cla^s has been taught in
thing had to be color matched and Oregon. When he was asked to
blended in so no one could tell it teach the class, Mark Essig, De­
was wrecked. ‘That was an inter­ partment of Autobody, explained
it as a regular airbrush class, but
esting job,” Bradley laughed.
with everything scaled down.
“You can’t get much
moredownscaled than that!”Bra-
dtey said about doing art on fin-
gemails.
“I’ve had a kick (teach­
ing the class). I’ve learned a lot
from the girls. It’s not done in the
normal male mechanical mode.
It’s done considerably different
“I’ll always do airbrush
works on anything, even if it’s on
posterboard. But I never thought
I’d do it on nails! I didn’t even
know it was done on nails. Most
people don’t,” he said.
Student Jennifer Spear
said, in her reaction to having an
“inexperienced” teacher, “I
thought it was kind of interesting
that someone was going to teach
photo by Chad Patteson
us on a much smaller scale, but so
Besides being an artist, David Bradley teaches his art, on a far that doesn’t seem to be a prob­
smaller scale, to nail technicians.
lem!”
Concert to provide cultural sounds
by Cori Kargel
The Print Staff
A concert of folk music
from around the world will be
performed Sunday in the Gregory
Forum by the Clackamas Cham­
ber Singers and the College Cho­
rale.
The concert will include
a variety of folk music from coun­
tries including East India, Swe­
den, Germany, Ireland, England,
Finland, Hungary and several dif­
ferent cultures from the United
States.
“I think this will be one
of the most diverse and varied
programs that any choir from
Clackamas has ever presented,”
said Director Lonnie Cline.
“I enjoy the variety of the
program,” said Dan Gilmore, a
choir student. “The Estonian
music will be the hit of the pro­
gram. It’s someof the most beau­
tiful music I’ve ever heard.”
“I like all of them (the
songs) for different reasons,”
added Ostin Drais, another choir
student. “Hike the fact that we’re
Thespiahs perform
’play vvithin a play'
doing some traditional songs, as
well as some that no one’s ever
heard of.”
Cline came up with the
idea for the concert after he at­
tended the World Choral Sympo­
sium last August.
Cline hopes that there
will be a large audience for the
event. He said that the various
pieces of music will lend insight
into the cultures and traditions of
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the respective countries. “It’s al­
most likean aesthetic travelogue,”
Cline said.
The two choirs involved
have been working on the music
all term. “Fm very, very proud of
their efforts and preparation in
presenting such an eclectic pro­
gram,” Cline concluded.
The concert will be per­
formed Sunday at 7:30 p.m. For
more information, call ext 2434.
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