Summer Exhibitions

June 21st, 2001 by Adam

The gallery and exhibitions program at Plymouth State College will host exhibitions in three locations this summer, with a joint opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28. The exhibitions run through August 3.

“Images in Wax: Contemporary Encaustic” (at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery) is curated by PSC’s Tom Driscoll, and features the works of Michele Marcuse, Theresa Spadafora, Gary Haven Smith, Carol Jowdy, Laura Moriarty and Cynthia Winika.

Driscoll says the exhibition represents a lively exploration of encaustic, a method of painting with pigment and hot wax that was first developed by the ancient Greeks more than 2000 years ago. “A wide range of sensual surface qualities and transparent-to-dense light effects that appeal to different tactile sensibilities than other painting media can be achieved with this medium,” he says. Encaustic has recently experienced a revival, and its applications have been expanded to adapt to contemporary aesthetic needs.

“Harmony of Land: Melody of Color” (Silver Cultural Arts Center) is a joint exhibition by the McGowan Gallery of Concord and Plymouth State College, that showcases landscapes by New England artists. Co-curator Catherine Amidon says, “Traditions of embellishment have deep roots in New England soil. The landscape and enveloping atmosphere have served as colorful sources of inspiration since painters first started visiting the area.” Scrutiny and spontaneity have been extended and renewed with each generation, and continue in the works of James Woodside, Anne Dufresne, Petria Mitchell, Becky Darling and Catherine Tuttle. Co-curating with Amidon is Sarah Hardy of the McGowan Gallery.

“The Projection of Silence: Works by Jake Galle ’01” will be hosted at Lamson Library. Galle presents recent photographs, metal sculpture and mixed media which he says are “evocative of memory.” Galle’s exhibition is the result of an independent study he completed with PSC sculptor Phil Lonergan during the academic year.

For information contact Catherine Amidon, director of exhibitions, 603-535-2614, or via e-mail to