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Link Gallery: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday

Painting, photography and fabric:

MU features art faculty work

“It was my mother who first taught me to sew. Growing up in Nigeria, I wasn’t able to go to a toy store for doll clothes, so I learned how to make them instead.”

That was the start of Ejenobo Oke’s fascination with fiber arts. “A large part of me loves the traditions of fiber arts, the connection to the past,” says the associate professor of art for Manchester University. “I find immense satisfaction in being mindful about the things I create, and the many steps necessary for each of the processes I use.”

Manchester University art faculty and emeriti faculty are exhibiting original works of art in Link Gallery on the North Manchester campus. The free display includes artwork in media ranging from clay and fabric to photography, watercolor and pencil.

Thelma Rohrer, who chairs MU’s Art Department and teaches art history, focuses her studio work on ceramics as well as photographs from her overseas travels.

“My subjects are often inspired by direct observation of nature or by historical references to other cultures or civilizations,” says Rohrer, who also directs MU’s study abroad opportunities. “The human aspect and daily lives intrigue me most and, for me, strike a chord of universality in our world.”

The artwork of Jeff Diesburg, assistant professor of art, includes the human figure, faces and incorporation of natural elements. Also displayed are drawings and oil paintings by James R.C. Adams, professor emeritus, and decorated fabric by Steve Batzka, professor emeritus.

The exhibit runs until Nov. 26. Link Gallery, which surrounds Wine Recital Hall on East Street, is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. when classes are in session.

November 2012

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