DANVILLE, KY -- An exhibition of mixed-media work by two contemporary artists opens Friday, March 3, at Centre College in the Jones Visual Arts Center. Charlotte Hamlin and Gerald Weckesser are the featured artists in the show, which runs through March 30. Viewing times are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays or at other times by appointment (phone 606-238-5469).
The college will host a meet-the-artists reception March 3 at 4 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public at no cost.
Hamlin holds a master of fine arts degree in artisanry from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She had an earlier career in nursing, and her art forms reflect a desire to "examine trust and love, the currents ahead and unfilled expectations."
Among Hamlin's works in the Centre show is a piece titled "Elegy," created from a series of small handwoven handkerchiefs, each bearing an elegy for a friend.
Hamlin has previously exhibited at galleries in Massachusetts, Arizona and Florida. She is teaching this year in the fibers program at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Hamlin holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, as well as a bachelor's degree in anthropology.
Weckesser holds a master of fine arts degree in artisanry from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and he has an undergraduate degree in art from Wayne State University. He works in a wide variety of media, ranging from wood and steel to cinderblock and cloth.
A self-described sculptor, Weckesser often creates assemblages that may use either his own original forms or everyday objects. One of his pieces in the Centre show, titled "Fans," was formed by welding together two old electric fans that remain operational yet effectively work against each other in terms of air flow.
The Aegon Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center was established with a gift to the college from the Aegon Corporation. Judith Pointer, a visiting art professor at Centre, coordinates exhibitions. Later this spring, the college will host a glass-blowing demonstration by renowned Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, as well as a show by senior art students.
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