'Spirits of Winter' exhibition opening at Oswego State Downtown

The exhibition “Spirits of Winter,” featuring SUNY Oswego art students visually telling stories about the season, will open Thursday, Dec. 11, at Oswego State Downtown.

exhibition artworkA free public reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 at Oswego State Downtown, corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego. Attendees can meet the artists, and there will be a storytelling hour from 7 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition, which continues through Feb. 6, features recent work by SUNY Oswego students studying digital illustration. It is part of a series of exhibitions taking place inside Oswego State Downtown, which also sells college clothing and memorabilia. “The project on display gave students the opportunity to investigate a range of stories and mythologies connected to winter,” said Cynthia Clabough, chair of the art department. “Students looked outside their own immediate experience to explore the various celebrations that people from around the world participate in.” In addition to the artwork, students have prepared text to accompany the work that will help viewers understand the symbolism and narratives they see. “The exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for the Oswego community to gain an understanding of the diversity found in winter celebrations,” Clabough said. The participating artists will be on hand at the opening to discuss their work. The hour of storytelling will highlight some of the more delightful winter stories, Clabough said. The exhibition is appropriate for children of all ages. All Oswego State Downtown exhibitions are free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about this exhibition, call the SUNY Oswego art department at 312-2111. For persons with disabilities needing assistance to visit the exhibition, or for more information on Oswego State Downtown, call 216-4985. - END - PHOTO CAPTION: ‘Spirits’ conjured—SUNY Oswego student Gloria McAndrew’s “Santa Verses Sinterklass” is among the pieces in the exhibition “Spirits of Winter” opening Dec. 11 at Oswego State Downtown, corner of West First and Bridge streets. The exhibition, which runs through Feb. 6, features art students visually depicting stories and mythologies related to winter. McAndrew’s piece was inspired by a David Sedaris story.

(Posted: Dec 09, 2008)