PSU Galleries Host Multiple Exhibitions

September 21st, 2009 by Adam

Fall Semester at PSU Galleries presents
Installations, Photographs and Poetry, Textile Art and Faculty Works,

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Five new exhibitions will fill the Plymouth State University galleries with illustrations; photograph and poetry collages; textile history, function and design; and faculty works this fall.

Up and Down: Overview Effect by Pat Musick opens at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building September 9.

Working with her husband, Jerry Carr, Musick produces work that reflects her affinity to nature. “My art is a reflection of the tensions that exist between mankind and the natural environment. It addresses the havoc that we have done to the natural world and the devastation that the natural world has wreaked upon mankind. I search for ways to create harmony and reconciliation of this situation both in the media and the content,” Musick said.

In 2002, following the tradition of Christo, and inspired by installation artist Andy Goldsworthy; Musick, Carr and a crew created an art installation titled Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears that traveled along the path followed by the Cherokees during their forced migration in 1883.

“Pat Musick’s work blends natural materials and minimalist forms to create mixed media work that is simultaneously simple and complex,” says Drerup Gallery Director Catherine Amidon.

A gallery talk, “Art, Ecology and Collaboration,” is scheduled for 4–5 p.m. Wed., September 30 in the gallery.

Two exhibitions open September 9 at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth, and run through September 26.

Seasons on Eagle Pond are brought to life in Poetry of Place, an exhibition by former U.S and New Hampshire poet laureate Donald Hall and photographer Sheila Pallay. Halls poems, including “Waters,” “The Moon,” “The Wish,” “The Hunkering,” “Summer,” “Affirmation” and “The Master” are accompanied by photographs taken at Eagle Pond in Wilmot, N.H., where both live.

“The word and image relationship in this exhibition revives the tradition of intertwining different perceptual experiences,” explains Amidon.

Using a Canon 50D digital camera, Pallay prefers to use natural light to “put an impressionist twist on things.” “Nature provides such amazing opportunities,” said Pallay. “I like to have my breath taken away.”

In “Summer,” Hall says of the pond, “… this is not a circle of water/with a few ducks in it: it’s/twenty-five acres, shaped like a humpbacked whale …”.
A gallery talk, “Word and Image,” will be held from 4–5 p.m. Wed., September 16 at the Silver Center.

The exhibition, Illustration by Gloria Kamen presents more than 20 pastel and watercolor portraits of classical composers, an expansion of work in her book, Hidden Music. The collection includes images of female composers that relate to the larger question of women’s place in the world of music in their time.

Gloria Kamen is an award-winning illustrator, particularly of children’s books such as The Little Kingdom, Three Wishes for Abner, Second-Hand Cat, and the Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls.

“The varied background of each portrait is an attempt to create a sense of the varied types of music, some using an ethnic or popular mode, some creating a new style of their own,” said Kamen.

Other exhibitions in the fall semester are:

Textiles: Pattern, Ornament, and Culture, October 7­–December 5 at the Silver Center.

This double exhibition explores aspects of broad textile history, manufacturing and design and follows the career of one individual, mapping how these aspects influence his work.

The extensive career of textile designer Amin Kalaf brings to life three decades of American textile design.

A panel discussion, “Weaving, Industry and Design,” with Amin Kalaf, Danile Moore and Catherine Amidon will be held October 21 from 4–5 p.m. in Heritage Commons on Highland Street.

Faculty Exhibition, November 4–December 9 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. An opportunity for students and members of the PSU community to become acquainted with Department of Art faculty outside the classroom, as artists working in a variety of media.

Two gallery talks are planned in conjunction with this exhibition: “The Path of an Artist” on November 10 and “Artistic Philosophy” on November 18. Both talks are in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at noon.
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2009 Faculty Exhibition, November 4–December 9 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. An opportunity for students and members of the PSU community to become acquainted with Department of Art faculty outside the classroom, as artists working in a variety of media.

Karl Drerup Art Gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and by appointment. Silver Center hours are Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends noon–5 p.m. All venues are closed most University holidays.

Gallery information is available online at www.plymouth.edu/gallery or by calling the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, (603)535-2614.

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