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August 29th, 2013 by Lynn

 Exhibitions opening in three venues at PSU in September

PLYMOUTH — The annual faculty exhibition, the personal and collective drawings and paintings of Jayne Adams, and Frans Masereel and the Woodcut Movement in China will all open at Plymouth State University in September. In addition, an exhibition of Nightscapes by Annette Mitchell will continue through Sept. 27.

2013 Faculty Exhibition
Karl Drerup Art Gallery,
Sept. 3–25
Opening Reception,

Sept. 10, 4–6 p.m.

Each year, PSU art faculty show their finest current work in the opening exhibition of the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. 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. This exhibition is especially important to the educational mission of the art department as the work on display sets a standard for the students throughout the year.

The faculty of the Department of Art at Plymouth State University are progressive artists who are prominent in New Hampshire. Their work is representative of the best of active artists in New England and they provide outstanding artistic leadership to university art students. Many disciplines are presented in this exhibition, beginning with the traditional works of painting and sculpture and continuing with ceramics, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, digital art and photography. In addition, works shown include alternative media and installation forms.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday until 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1–4 p.m. The Gallery is closed PSU holidays.

Jayne Adams, Identity:
The Personal and the Collective
Drawings and Paintings
Silver Center for theArts,
Sept. 8 – Oct. 5

Opening Reception
Sept. 12, 4–6 p.m.

Viewers will experience the powerful and dynamic touch of the artist in her presentations of people in their natural, day-to-day moments. Adams’ inspiration is the human form, and the figure in environments, in communities, and the self. Her process involves expressive mark-making through the integration of drawing and painting and the search for just the right note. Adams has received three Currier Gallery of Art Awards from the New Hampshire Art Association and the Currier Museum. She has also received the Lacroix Award for painting, the Holland Sister’s Award and more. The Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays; noon–6 p.m. on weekends and is closed on PSU holidays.

Frans Masereel and the
Woodcut Movement in China
Lamson Library,
Sept. 30–Dec. 20

Dean of the Library David A. Beronä will curate an exhibition of works from Frans Masereel’s visit to China, with selections from his folio “China Memories” (1961), and various Chinese woodcuts from the portfolio “Woodcuts of New China” (1956). Masereel first studied at the Académie des Beaux- Arts in 1907. He started his career as a political cartoonist, where he was expected to read the news, develop a theme and create a drawing quickly, but his lifelong love of woodcut was his predominant mode of expression. Masareel created more than 50 wordless books.

Library hours are online at library.plymouth.edu/hours.

Annette Mitchell: Nightscapes
Lamson Library,
through Sept. 27

Nightscapes is a series of 12 paintings of sites in and around the Plymouth, New Hampshire area, painted in 2012. Mitchell used acrylic paint on archival paper to interpret local landmarks like Beyond the Bean Bakery in Plymouth, the old high school in Ashland, The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, and Huckin’s tractor barn in Holderness. The series demonstrates her love of sharp contrasts, a color palette in low natural light and her appreciation for living in New Hampshire.

Mitchell is perhaps best known for her printmaking process using foam block prints, but she enjoys working in a variety of media and genres including quilting, painting and drawing. She has been New Hampshire Educator of the Year and has artwork in the permanent collection of Southern New Hampshire University. Artscope Magazine selected Mitchell as one of 13 artists to profile in their March/April issue.

Library hours are online at library.plymouth.edu/hours.

 

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