We walked between the giant columns of the historic building and through the lobby.
Right then, we both acknowledged the fact that we were newbies, so we took a deep breath and entered the Benedum gallery. The white walls were adorned by various photographs of different subjects. Fourteen artist's work were on display.
|View of the photographs (picture taken later in the week)|
Some images included Appalachian wildlife, abandoned factories, portraits, landscapes of foreign countries, our beloved Mountaineer Football players in action, and even the wreckage of the Pentagon attack from September 11, 2001. I felt a balanced mixture of 'overwhelmed' and 'admiration.'
The space in between the was full of chit-chatting bystanders who were too, enjoying to works of the artists. Most artists were from Morgantown so many were networking and sipping red wine.
|Fragile Places postcard|
for the exhibit
The theme was women as a place. Half a dozen clay sculptures of native women were placed throughout the room. They all laid in various positions. Brown and grey leaves lined the perimeter of the room and around the sculptures. About 50 or so tiny houses made of black and white paper peeked out of the leaves.
From the MAC website: The delicate and weak houses made of paper are on the hard and heavy ceramic woman that becomes a mountain...The breast becomes a mountain — arms becomes the street of the valley...Rivers and roads come and go between the white and black of the paper. She uses paper to represent dreams: Dreams are made of paper — they are not strong, but fragile. The light builds the dreams.
|Cheering to a successful first-time art gallery opening!!|
Both exhibits will remain in the gallery throughout the month of March. I really suggest checking them out if you have a chance-- Even if it's in between classes or after lunch.