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Jan. 23, 2002
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OSWEGO -- Crafts from New York state and photographs from Brazil are the themes of two exhibitions running from Feb. 1 to March 3 at Tyler Art Gallery in Tyler Hall at SUNY Oswego.
The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the New York State Craft Biennial Exhibition and "Two Viewpoints: Brazilian Photography" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.
Continuing the tradition begun by the New York State Museum and
the former Craft Alliance of New York State, the New York State Craft Biennial Exhibition will feature the highest quality crafts -- clay, glass, metal, wood and fiber -- from 32 artists residing throughout the state, organizers said.
Organized by Tyler Art Gallery and the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, the exhibition is sponsored by Artswego, a program supported by a student arts fee at SUNY Oswego. The juror was Rosanne Raab, executive director of Rosanne Raab Associates, a New York-based consulting firm for 20th century art in the craft media.
"The crafts are alive and well in New York state," Raab said.
Paul Sherman, a ceramist and participant in the exhibition, will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at in the north gallery of Tyler Hall.
"Two Viewpoints: Brazilian Photography," sponsored by Auxiliary Services of SUNY Oswego, will feature photographs of Carlos Manuel M. Ricon and students of Sonia MLJR Norman.
Norman is an educator and photographer in Sao Paulo who has been teaching photography to disadvantaged youth with special needs. Through this educational program, Norman's students have learned a new way to view their environment. Students ranging from in age from 17 to 23 produced 1,400 photographs, of which 30 will be displayed.
Through photographs and videotaping, Ricon documents annual preparations at the Samba School for Carnival, which is held each spring. The vibrant images give insight to the detailed process of designing costumes and floats to accompany the traditional music and dance choreography of the Samba School.
Gallery programs are free and open to the public. Those planning school group visits or persons who need access assistance should call the gallery at 312-2113. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. During inclement weather, those planning to visit are advised to call the gallery in advance.
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