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Romano Gallery Dual Exhibition Draws Inspiration from Nature

February 6-March 7; Reception February 12, 7 p.m.

Posted: February 10, 2015

The Romano Gallery will feature a dual exhibition from February 6 to March 7, as two artists share their nature-inspired work with the Blair community. In “Flora,” Elizabeth Bisbing presents painted paper collages of wildflowers, as well as two animations. In “Forest,” Mary Schuster draws from her fascination with seed vessels, the cases that contain a plant’s seeds. These forms inspired jewelry that is both functional and an expression of natural form.

The two artists visited Blair’s campus to meet with students and faculty and discuss their artwork during a reception on Thursday, February 12.

Ms. Bisbing, who said she is most interested in "native plants versus invading species and their effect on the ecosystem," created the collages on display by cutting and pasting paper that has been painted with gouache, a medium similar to watercolor. For her animations, she posed a paper doll in hundreds of still photographs that were then combined to create a single moving image.

Ms. Schuster created the jewelry in her collection using four particular species of trees, which were chosen to symbolize places and people that hold special meaning and memories for the artist.

“We are so excited to see Ms. Bisbing's collages and videos alongside Ms. Schuster's jewelry in one exhibit,” said Rita Baragona, co-director of The Romano Gallery. “Through different mediums, each artists expresses her sensibility as it relates to nature. The show epitomizes the words of Ms. Schuster’s personal statement: ‘There is a delight and wonder found in the details and complexities of nature.’”

Last Updated: February 17, 2015