Saturday, February 17, 2018

Local Art Seen: /FINE, Re/FINE De/FINE UMD Faculty Show at the Tweed

The answer is "Yes, there is always more to see."

This week I visited the Tweed Museum of Art with the aim of viewing the UMD Faculty Show titled /Fine Re/Fine De/Fine. Without reading anything about the show, I suspect /Fine has a double meaning or more, being a reference on the one hand to Fine Art and on the other "Fine work." Ideas get refined, and concepts defined when the final pieces are completed for display.

The exhibition, on the balcony level, will be on display through August 5. If you get any chance at all, I recommend making a trek to the Tweed at this time. There are several shows to see from Kathy McTavish's Chance to the Modern(ism) show to Treasures from Home, which is a wonderful display of paintings and pieces from within the extensive Tweed collection.

The faculty show is an annual feature, I believe, always interesting. While there be sure to take in whatever student show is taking place in the corner gallery.

Alison Aune's intricate "Mandala" is striking for its scale.

"Eve Is The Apple, Adam Is The Worm" by Jeffrey Kalstrom
Detail from Kalstrom's piece.
"Real-Unreal/The Rigor of Harmony" by Darren Houser

This is a snapshot of a moment in time in Joellyn Rock's
Remixing Shakespeare.
This shows the morphing taking place.
And a third from that work of experimental video.
Rock's work rocks!
Wanda Pearcy's Bows of Promise; coffee toned cyanotype.
As you can see here the faculty work in a variety of media, the students get stimulation from a variety of instructors and the public gets to enjoy the bi-product of their explorations.

When classes are in session at UMD parking can be a problem, but I've never had a problem on weekends (open 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). The Tweed is also open on Tuesday evenings till 8:00 p.m. and the parking lots have more space, and no expense.

Meantime, life goes on... 

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