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Former faculty member Ercell Lynn returns with photography exhibit


The intriguing abstract photography creations of Ercell Lynn, who taught religion and philosophy at Manchester College, are on display through February in the Link Gallery and lobby of Wine Recital Hall at the College.

His exhibit is the third to surround Wine Recital Hall, dedicated in October on the east edge of the Manchester College campus. The public is invited to view Ercell Lynn’s works from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and when concerts and other events bring the public to campus. A reception for the artist is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Ercell Lynn, entering his 90s, discovered his art skills after his retirement in 1977, by studying sculpture, oils, silk screening and drawing at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Recently, he has developed an interest in abstract color photography, an outgrowth of making glass paperweights at the Glass by James Michael studio in Winona, Ind., under the direction of internationally known glass artist James Michael Kahle. 

Lynn noted the multiple abstract designs in each paperweight and was motivated to create additional paperweights, using various colors.  He started photographing these designs as well as bowls, vases and paperweights made by Kahle and staff members.

Lynn used digital cameras, enhancing his photos on the computer for their lighting, for example, but not modifying the shape, form or basic color of the designs.  Focusing on the interesting designs and colors of his original photograph, he enlarged the designs to make the abstracts for the Manchester College show.

     Seven of the abstracts are Giclee (pronounced zhee-CLAY) prints – a process of printing digitally that renders high quality and color saturation. Artists use this process to make copies of their original watercolor and oil paintings.

     Lynn and his wife, the former Isabel Beery, taught at Manchester College in the 1940s and 1950s.  Later, he was editor of Christian Education Publications and director of curriculum development in the national office of the Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill.  He also has chaired the Chicago supervisory staff of student teachers for Western Illinois University. He is a native of Marceline, Mo., childhood home of Walt Disney.

Manchester College offers a variety of public events during February – and opportunities to view Ercell Lynn’s photography. In addition to athletics, the pubic is invited to the Grammy-winning Cajun music of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 in Cordier Auditorium; a 7:30 p.m. lecture on Monday, Feb. 21 by John Prendergast, director of the Africa Program of the International Crisis Group, in Wampler Auditorium; and a performance of the Vagina Monologues at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 in Wampler Auditorium.

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