Plymouth State University Associate Professor of Sculpture, Phil Lonergan, and students from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University, have concurrent exhibitions at the Margaret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley through June 24. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Student works are exhibited at The Curious George Cottage Studio on the second level of Town Square, as a collaboration between the PSU Art Department and the Rey Center. Septet is an eclectic variety of paintings, textile pieces, ceramics and sculpture by PSU Bachelor of Fine Arts studio art students including: Chelsi Rae Allen(right image), painting; Ryan Baird, sculpture; Carla Blakely (left image), ceramics; Erika Borne, ceramics; Carla Giordano, painting and mixed media; Allison Lawrence, ceramics and Meghan Swanson, printmaking.
Lonergan’s pieces reflect his technical training and often include fine carving, detailed metal and wood work, and large, functional-looking components that resemble tools, vehicles and household objects.
Transformed from the mundane to the metaphorical, Lonergan’s sculptures(lower image) invite viewers to question their assumptions about what an object is capable of, and provoke a personal connection between who is seeing and what is being seen. His works dissolve the line between the literal and the figurative, and use precise craftsmanship merged with multiple layers of meaning to blur the division between the real world and the interpretive world of art.
“It was great to partner with the Rey Center. I appreciate that they are opening a new venue in the area, which will support local artists and bring a new cultural dynamic to the whole region,” said Lonergan. The opening of this exhibition was a great success; there was a nice mix of friends, tourists, local artists, and community members. I think the Rey Center is uniquely positioned to bring together people of all ages, both from the region and beyond, for exciting new educational and artistic ventures.”
The Margret and H.A. Rey Center honors the legacy of Margret and Hans Rey, authors of Curious George, Whiteblack the Penguin, and The Stars: A New Way to See Them, among other books. With support from the Rey estate, the Rey Center was established in 2006 as a 501(c3) non profit organization to manage the Curious George Cottage and to develop a new educational and cultural center in the heart Waterville Valley, where the Reys summered. The Rey Center has its temporary home in Waterville’s “Town Square” while new facilities are being built. There you will find exhibits, lectures, performances and community gatherings.