Melting Pot Exhibit Now at Exchange Gallery

From the Exchange Gallery

Join The Exchange Gallery at the artists’ reception for their current exhibit – “The Melting Pot” at the Gallery on Saturday, July 15th from 6 to 8 p.m., and choose your favorite piece.  Make your votes count, as the artist with the most votes will receive the exhibit’s People’s Choice award.

For the first time at the Exchange Gallery, this show had a juror — Richard Rinehart, director of the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University — and also for the first time The Exchange offered prizes.  Laura Micewski of Benton took first with her knitted yarn piece “Blended Identity:

“Blended Identity” – Laura Micewski

Rinehart cited the artist for her use of a “traditionally feminine” American craft to put a spin on the “traditionally masculine” cast of the American flag; Laura will receive a check for $200. In second and third place, the juror chose Bob McCormick’s print “Golgotha in Slate/Anthracite Fields” and Karen Cotter’s photo on metal “American Pasttimes”.

​Bob will receive $100 for his work that the juror said represents important themes in local and American history; Karen will receive $50 for her piece that represents the importance of pop culture in the immigrant experience.

​The reception will feature a wide range of finger food — a veritable melting pot! —  and runs simultaneous with the Artspace Gallery’s reception for their show “Bridges”, around the corner on Center Street. “The Melting Pot” will run at the Exchange Gallery through Friday, August 18th.

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