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September 28, 2012

Art Exhibit by Roberts Wesleyan College Professor of Art at Roberts Memorial Hall Art Gallery

On display from September 26 to December 21 at the Roberts Memorial Hall Gallery at Northeastern Seminary is the show, the Angels’ Share, featuring work by local artist Scot Bennett.

 Silverpoint and transfer techniques as well as mixed media are employed by Bennett, professor of visual art at Roberts Wesleyan College, to engender dialogue between the artist and the work, between the viewer and the work, between the viewer and artist, and, most importantly for him, “between all of us and our creator.” Among the 29 works are 11 scrolls, one of which is 16 feet long, and 4 silverpoint drawings.

 According to Bennett both the creative process and intention of the exhibit is based on the practice of lectio divina, an approach to active, contemplative reading of scripture. Of his time in the studio Bennett says, “I let the materials, the images surrounding me, the metaphors, pictures in my head, become a sort of ongoing process-oriented dialogue; a conversation if you will between me and the work;  a lectio of materials, process, concept, and final outcome.”

 Most of the images have been left purposefully unfinished so that viewers can contribute to the work. They are asked to actively “read” the images and suggest ideas, thoughts, and reflections as to how the pieces ought to be completed. Responses are expected to take the form of suggestions of colors, lines, words, poetry, materials, imagery. As suggestions mount Bennett will work on the pieces and bring them to resolution.

The exhibit is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northeastern Seminary, 2265 Westside Drive, Rochester, N.Y. 14624

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Roberts Memorial Hall Art Gallery