Spinning Yarns Opens September 4 in Sleeth Gallery

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Photo credit: Free to Go by Grace Weston, Fuji Crystal Archive C-print, 19" x 15", 1997

West Virginia Wesleyan is hosting an internationally curated photography exhibition, “Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytelling.” The exhibition sponsored by Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris University and Monmouth University and includes photography by Wesleyan’s own assistant professor Andy Bloxham.

The exhibit opens to the public September 4 with a reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Sleeth Gallery, located on the first floor of McCuskey Hall. An exhibition talk will immediately follow.

The Sleeth Gallery is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or by appointment.

Spinning Yarns was curated by Anne Leighton Massoni and Libby Rowe. In addition to Bloxham’s work, the show features the photographic works of 22 other national and international artists.

Photographs in the exhibit are imbued with a variety of narrative elements, such as ‘setting the stage’ or introducing characters, inviting the viewer to personally add to or expand the narratives based on their own experiences. The photographs present an active — rather than passive — method of weaving together the original intent of the photographers with the personal perspectives of the audience.

“The Sleeth Gallery provides a great and free cultural service to the department, college and local community,” said Phil McCollam, Sleeth Gallery director. “The gallery acts as an educational and community-building space, in which students and members of the community can engage with the university and with artists, both local and national.”

For more information about the exhibition and the artists, visit www.spinningartsphoto.com.