The arts at MU: Cultural expression and 'Something to Crow About'

Katie Pryor
Arts & Culture Editor

For the month of February, Millersville University’s two art galleries, Sykes Gallery in Breidenstine Hall and the Winter Visual and Performing Art Center’s art gallery, will be exhibiting art work from scholars, artists and young local artists.

Sykes Gallery will be hosting the works of Joni Maya Oye-Benintende. (Rachel Keslosky/ Snapper)
Sykes Gallery will be hosting the works of Joni Maya Oye-Benintende. (Rachel Keslosky/ Snapper)

Now through Feb. 26, Skyes Gallery will be hosting the works of sculptor Joni Maya Oye-Benintende. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Benintende knew she always wanted to be an artist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Washington University and her Masters of Fine Arts from Tama Fine Art University in Tokyo, Japan. She is also a professor at East Stroudsburg University.

Benintende creates ceramic art that is centered around the conscious, unconscious and cultural forces which shape thought and personality. Her clay works are often unglazed. She enjoys the simplicity and sense of ancient and ageless mystery that comes with smoke carbon deposit and raku. Both these surface decorating processes are old world firing techniques, and they contribute to her work’s timeless style.

"Something to Crow About" educates people about crows through community and art. (photo courtesy of flipsidepa.com)
“Something to Crow About” educates people about crows through community and art. (photo courtesy of flipsidepa.com)

The gallery in the Winter Center will be hosting raven, blackbird and crow-themed works of student artists from the Lancaster County area.

In its third year, MU’s “Studio for Students Project” spotlights the artistic talents of young Lancaster County students. It is also part of an art and education initiative that has been sweeping the Lancaster area called “Something to Crow About.”

Each year, tens of thousands of crows migrate to Lancaster to roost for the winter. Their brief overwinter stay, however, sometimes ruffles the feathers of residents and businesses in areas where the crows congregate, claiming that they are dirty, disease-ridden animals. However, according to David Strange, CEO of Crows ‘R Us, crows are clean, highly intelligent, trainable and have other amazing and respectable qualities.

Benintende's works are often unglazed. (Rachel Keslosky/ Snapper)
Benintende’s works are often unglazed. (Rachel Keslosky/ Snapper)

Both of these exhibits will be free and open to the public. For more information about these showings, visit http://www.millersville.edu/art/galleries.php

To learn more about Something to Crow About and other events going on in Lancaster in association with it, visit http://stcaus.webs.com/

 

 

 

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Beni(Rachel Keslosky/Snapper)

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