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Art Show Opening set for May 1

4/30/2008 —

An opening reception for the summer art show “The Bay Series” featuring the work of Victoria Weaver, a Penn State doctoral candidate in art education, is set for Thursday, May 1 at noon in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library at Penn State York.   The opening reception will take place in the periodicals lounge of the library and is free and open to the public.   The exhibit continues through August. 15.  

“The Bay Series” showcases the eastern shore near Tilghman Island, Maryland and surrounding areas on the bay, and suggests the presence of those who live, work, and play on the Chesapeake Bay.   Their presence is found in the pound nets, sailing vessels, lighthouses, fossils, and debris that document the complex relationship between the bay and surrounding communities.  “These images are carefully selected to capture the quiet reflective moments when the wind pauses, the tide lulls, and the moment seems timeless.  It is during these times that the presence of people is sensed.  It is as if I am witnessing the moment before the action, a part of the prologue to some great novel. It is the rich visual narrative of these photos that, for me, make the stories of the past come alive,” said Weaver.  

Weaver has lived with her family on a 95 acre farm in central York County for more than 20 years. She has taught art privately at the Walters Art Museum in Carroll County, Maryland; in public schools, and at a variety of universities. She is currently working as a university supervisor for student teachers in art education at Towson State University.

Weaver is near her completion as a Penn State doctoral candidate in art education.  Her dissertation examines how the renaming of Native American cultural objects from artifacts (meaning a sample of the larger culture) to objects of cultural patrimony (meaning a mnemonic device through which culture is remembered) affects how they are interpreted.  The results of her research are used to develop new approaches to teaching about Native American objects in the art classroom. 

For more than 35 years, Weaver has used cameras to document life, nature, and people that photography has become a means for her to visually document the relationship of objects to their environment.   By using the lens to filter out the “visual noise”, Weaver is able to understand how parts contribute to the whole.  The “Bay Series” photos examine the complex relationships between the objects that humans use to work, play, and contribute to the bay.    

Weaver’s photographs are for sale and prices are available on request at the main desk of the Lee R. Glatfelter Library on the first floor.  For more information, please contact Valerie White at the library’s main desk at (717) 770-4020 or Victoria Weaver at (717) 235-6817.

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