Summer Exhibitions at Plymouth State in

July 9th, 2003 by Adam

Exhibitions in three locations welcome students, community members and visitors to the College in July.

July 5 – 19 patrons may view examples of design excellence by New Hampshire architects, as photographs from the American Institute of Architects 2003 Awards are displayed on the mezzanine level of the Silver Cultural Arts Center.

Downstairs in the Silver lobby, examples of traditional Mayan dress, traje, are collected in the exhibition, Tradition and Textile in Guatemala. This exhibition continues through September 21 in conjunction with the Plymouth State first-year initiative, Understanding Our Global Mosaic: Tools for Living in the 21st Century.

“Traje expresses cultural identity,” according to Drerup Gallery Director Catherine Amidon. “But Guatemalan men have gravitated toward Western-style garb.” This dichotomy creates gender issues in the Mayan movement that is seeking to elevate the social status of the indigenous population.

Amidon says, “The pieces on display are expressions of participation in a social phenomenon, as much as examples of virtuosity in design, weaving and embroidery.”

The third summer exhibition features the work of John Jacobsmeyer, presenting artist in the workshop, Tempera Painting with John Jacobsmeyer.
Jacobsmeyer uses materials and techniques common to 16th and 17th century northern European painting to create distorted images that cause viewers to consider familiar sights in a new way. Amidon says, “Unequal magnification along two perpendicular axes creates a rich visual environment.”

The exhibition, which will be held at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building is entitled Accurate Deceptions and Other Optical Illusions. A reception will be held at the Gallery from 4–6 p.m. July 14.

Summer Hours in the Drerup Gallery are Monday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m.The Silver Cultural Arts Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and during performances. Both locations are closed most holidays.

For information call (603) 535-2614.