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FOREST CITY | Andrew May, a senior at Waldorf University, first became interested in art when he was attending Forest City Elementary.

He said art teacher Nancy Monson would look at his work and encourage him to keep practicing.

"I have been making art ever since," said May, whose work is being exhibited in the Art Gallery in the Waldorf Campus Center through March 21. 

May, a 2014 graduate of Forest City High School, will host a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 20 in the gallery. The artist talk will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibit, which opened Monday, includes paintings, graphic designs and pencil and charcoal drawings from May’s student career at Waldorf.

One of his favorites is a portrait of his great-grandfather, Leland Fern Cantril, in his World War II uniform. 

May said Cantril, who died in 2015, is a hero -- not just because he was in the military "but because of the kind of man he was."

May said one piece in the show that everyone seems to like -- particularly children -- is a drawing of R2-D2 surrounded my musical notes.

The work was inspired by May's love of "Star Wars" and his passion for music.

He said he put the notes in the drawing to suggest R2 is listening to music. 

May said although some people say it doesn't make sense that a robot would appreciate music, he believes R2 would.

May, who plays both the trumpet and an ancient wind instrument called the ocarina, also does drawings and paintings of music instruments.

May, a media and graphic design major, got his start in that field when he was still in middle school.

After he did a hand-designed poster for a school play, he got a computer and learned to do graphic design.

May now does freelance graphic design work for businesses and organizations such as MBT Bank and the Church of Christ. 

He also does some graphic design work for Waldorf, including the campus TV station where he does both animation and logos. 

Although May doesn't get paid for the campus graphic design work, he said it helps get his name out there. 

Since he does work for a lot of different organizations at Wadorf, "I have a lot of ties with the students here," he said. "It's a lot of fun."

Hours for May's exhibit are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through March 21. Admission is free.

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