Exhibitions of PSU Department of Art Faculty Works and Paintings of Buddha open 2012-2013 Gallery Season at Plymouth State University

August 29th, 2012 by Elizabeth

 

Bill Haust, "Self-Portrait" pastel

PLYMOUTH, N.H. —The annual Plymouth State University Faculty Exhibition at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, and a collection of paintings of Buddha by Virginia Peck at the Silver Center for the Artswill open the 2012–2013 exhibition season at Plymouth State University.

Elizabeth D'Amico, "Summer Garden Preserved" digital print

Each year PSU faculty show their finest current work in the opening exhibition of the Drerup Art Gallery; this year from September 4–29. An opening receptionis scheduled for 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, September 12 at the gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth.

Diversity of approaches, both formal and conceptual, variety of media and their usage, personal and societal thematic statements and fine craftsmanship demonstrate the gamut of faculty involvement in their respective disciplines and set a standard for students.

Plymouth State University art faculty exhibit their personal work across the country, winning awards and developing and experimenting with media, techniques and topics.

Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and
Saturday 1–4 p.m.  Contact: (603) 535-2614.

Virginia Peck, "Buddha-Innocence" painting

Faces of the Buddha, September 17–October 19 at the Silver Center for the Arts, presents a series of paintings that have been inspired by the beautifully worn surfaces of ancient Buddha statues. Weathered bronze, stone and wood hint at the cycle of decay and rebirth, impermanence and change, while embodying the serene and timeless nature of Buddha (Sanskrit: to be awakened), according to artist Virginia Peck.

Peck says, “Rather than recreate a dead, lifeless statue, I seek to depict the Buddha’s energy and spirit, reflecting how the spirit of his teachings are alive for us today. And most important, I attempt to convey the idea that beneath the chaotic pace of our modern lives there exists the potential for inner peace and transcendence. Whether Buddhist or not, viewers have said that they respond to the timeless and iconic quality of these images.”

Silver Center gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon–5 p.m.  The Silver Center is closed most holidays.

Information about the Department of Art is online at Plymouth.edu/department/art.

General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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