The Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University is sponsoring several events during the first week of October in conjunction with the exhibition Locks, Burial & Freedom: An American Story, currently on view at the gallery.
An American Story focuses on the family history of artist Lorenzo Pace, who inherited the lock and key that shackled his enslaved great-grandfather. The story of the Pace family lock and key has been published in the book Jalani and the Lock, written and illustrated by Dr. Pace. The exhibition is about the book, the illustrations and the family history that serves as the foundation of the story.
“The American Story exhibition in the gallery addresses audiences of all ages and tells a family story essential to the American experience,” said Catherine Amidon, director of exhibitions. “The exhibition will be complemented by community outreach that includes partnering with Friends of the Arts, projects in Plymouth State education classes, and workshops by the artist, Lorenzo Pace. These are among the many varied opportunities we are able to offer the community that will be extended throughout the year.”
October 1, at 7 p.m., Dr. Pace will deliver a lecture entitled “Public Sculpture in the Urban Context.” The free event will take place in Heritage Commons on Highland Street and is co-sponsored by the Art and Art History Club.
October 2 through 4, the Ashland Garden Club will sponsor Art in Bloom, floral creations inspired by works in the exhibition, on view at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery during normal visiting hours.
Also on October 2, a community mask making workshop will be help in Draper & Maynard (D&M) room 311 from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be a $20 fee to participate in this event. Contact Dr. Jeff Murray at 535-3024.
October 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Lorenzo Pace will be signing copies of his book, Jalani and the Lock in conjunction with the nineteenth annual Plymouth Art Show on Main Street, Plymouth.
Additionally, Dr. Pace will facilitate a teacher’s workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, which will be held in D&M 311. This event is currently full, however a second workshop, scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on October 5 still has openings. Dr. Pace will discuss the integration of traditional African arts, such as mask, music and story telling into the classroom experience.
An educational outreach and introduction to integrated arts program for area schools will be implemented in conjunction with Friends of the Arts, using the new “Discover Drerup” educational program directed by Dr. Amidon and FOA Program Director Cynthia Robinson.
An American Story can be viewed at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery through October 25. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For further information, contact the gallery at (603) 535-2614.