Artwork showcased in Gaddis Geeslin Gallery

The art department will host an exhibit from Sept. 29 through Oct. 23 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery. The works of Mark Eshbaugh, Leighton McWilliams and Rachel Weinstein will be displayed for all students to see Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists brought particular pieces they have created in mediums they specialize in. In a press release from the art department, each artist showcased a variety of aspects in all of the pieces. Eshbaugh, a photographer from Cheimsford, Mass., prints black and white photographs of landscape from the negatives and manipulates the prints with toners to provide a variety of colorations. His current work, “Day’s End,” interacted with the beauty of landscape to create an emotional response in the viewer. Eshbaugh said he wanted to set specific moods with the landscapes he photographs.”The work I am creating is a photographic look at the tension and emotion which arises between man and the natural world,” said Eshbaugh. “This tension can be an internal tension, where my moods are represented by the natural world.”McWilliams, a photographer from Arlington, Texas, uses photos and objects and combines them into homemade mahogany boxes. In his pieces titled “Photo-Construction,” he used personal references that pertained to an event in his life. McWilliams said he saw his daily activities as an inspiration to his pieces. “My work is a distillation of my interest, concerns and sensibilities as manifested through the mediums of photography and sculpture,” McWilliams said. “My everyday activities inform and influence the images I make.”Weinstein, from Providence, R.I, creates landscape images using oil on linen and charcoal on paper. Weinstein said her paintings used the elements of the world in order to capture the feeling of each individual place.”While I use elements in the natural world to compose my paintings, I am also trying to capture my internal reaction to a place,” Weinstein said. “I am interested in the idea that what is remembered can sometimes feel more real than an experience itself.”The art department will host a reception for the exhibit today from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. Weinstein will be attending to talk about her pieces. The Student Art Association (SAA) will be selling aprons during the reception for $5 to help raise money for the organization.Debbie Davenport, the art audio/visual librarian, said that she hope many students will come to see the exhibit. “I hope that photo majors especially will attend the exhibit because the artists’ pieces have a lot to do with photography,” Davenport said. For more information, contact Debbie Davenport at 936-294-1317.

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