Fenwick Gallery Highlights Staff Artwork

Posted: August 19, 2014 at 5:04 am, Last Updated: August 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

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George Mason University’s library staffers are showing off their artistic sides this summer in the new Fenwick Gallery.

More than two dozen art pieces are on exhibit, “Selected Works: Creative Pursuits of Mason Libraries Staff,” in the Fenwick Gallery,  located in Fenwick’s Wing A first floor hallway, half of which has been converted to exhibit space.

The exhibit, the gallery’s second this year, features the work of 11 University Libraries faculty and staff. Among the media represented are sculpture, watercolor, photographic and digital images, applique, graphics, and lampwork borosilicate chainmaille.

“Parlor Games” by Pierre Davis.

“Parlor Games” by Pierre Davis.

Included are two sculptures created from plywood and mahogany, “Oblong” and “Parlor Games,” by Pierre Davis of the Libraries’ resource acquisition office. Victoria Martin, Life Sciences librarian at Mercer Library, contributed five color photographs of leaves, flowers and trees. Also included are examples of glass chainmaille, a unique lampwork technique developed by Kim Edwards, information analyst, Technical Services Group.

"Umgingqo," a glass chaimaille necklace by Kim Edwards

“Umgingqo,” a glass chaimaille necklace by Kim Edwards.

Other library staff exhibitors are Theresa Calcagno, Jamie Coniglio, Debra Hogan, Lynn Kelly, Tricia Mackenzie, Meaghan O’Malley, Vittoria Perrone and Andrew Stevens. Several helped in preparing the space and creating an inviting display.

Jenna Rinalducci, art and art history librarian, manages the gallery. She is assisted by an MFA student provided through a partnership developed with the School of Art’s fine arts program during spring semester 2014. The current gallery assistant is Anne Smith, who is majoring in printmaking.

According to its website, fenwickgallery.gmu.edu, “Fenwick Gallery highlights resources in conjunction with original visual and multi-media art.”  Gallery exhibits feature selected books and other resources from the libraries’ collections that complement the various media on exhibit.

The gallery’s first exhibit, “Women’s Voices/Women’s Visions,” was held in late spring. It featured art created by current Mason students and alumni from the United States, England, and Lebanon. Relevant publications and resources were also displayed. The next exhibit, “Call and Response,” will be installed in early September in conjunction with Fall for the Book.

"Blossom Boats," a digital image by Andrew Stevens.

“Blossom Boats,” a digital image by Andrew Stevens.

For more information on the Fenwick Gallery, visit the gallery website or contact Rinalducci, at jrinaldu@gmu.edu or 703-993-3720.

Write to Michele McDonald at mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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