Sweet Briar’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Opens Art Show April 17

| April 9, 2009

An art exhibition of works by students in the Sweet Briar College studio arts senior seminar opens Friday, April 17 in Pannell Gallery with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free. The show will be open through May 16.

Titled “Magnificent Seven,” the show will include works by seniors Carolanne Bonanno, Jadrienne Brown, Meghan Kaminski, Reda Masincup, Blair Sutton and Brook Schulze, and junior Alexis Parker.

With the students exhibiting as many as a dozen works a piece, viewers may count on a breadth of subjects and emotions expressed in the art. Some, such as Bonanno’s photography are intimate and personal. Her images deal with the concept of “beautiful isolation,” she said, meant to project a sense of longing and loneliness.

They were hard to make, Bonanno said, because they’re drawn from her own experiences. “They’re not sentimental, but they are nostalgic.”

Masincup looks to many sources for inspiration, including pop culture and the political world. “But the one element they all have in common is that they feature some kind of animal,” she said.

“Tuned Out” is an oil pastel drawing depicting a tiger listening to an iPhone. “I’ve always felt an affiliation and innate curiosity to the natural world and the creatures inhabiting it,” Masincup said. “Color is very important to me too, and the vibrancy to which pure color evokes upon a canvas or piece of paper.”

A self-described enthusiast and clown, the studio art major said she tries not to take her work too seriously. “I do what I do because I enjoy working with the medium and ultimately because I am an illustrator at heart.”

Other works she plans to show are “Playtime’s Over,” an oil pastel drawing with a bull bank and a teddy bear holding a hammer, and, in a nod to Sweet Briar iconography, “Vixen with a Pearl Necklace.”

Jadrienne Brown’s art is “about the need to read between the lines and to dig a little deeper,” she wrote in her artist statement. Although the notion of humanity runs through her work, she said the black and white photographs will be very different from her paintings in the show.

Two of her photos, “Courage” and “Anticipation,” hint at the idea of digging to find the meaning by narrowing the subject to leave out identifying features — a hand resting against someone’s neck or both hands in a lap. The faces are not visible.

“My photographs are about the small details you miss when you’re face to face with someone,” Brown said.

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Friday and 1 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Admission is free. For information, e-mail [email protected] or call (434) 381-6248.

Jennifer McManamay


Category: Art Galleries