Out & About: 2 exhibit opening receptions at Saint Vincent
At Saint Vincent College on Jan. 18, it was two for one, with opening receptions for exhibits in both the McCarl Coverlet Gallery and the Saint Vincent Gallery.
The Neighborhood Trolley chugged between the venues, ferrying guests to two very different shows: "Washed and Hung: Laundry and Textiles in America" in the McCarl, and "Image, Action, Idea: Judaism and Contemporary Art" in the art gallery.
McCarl Gallery curator Lauren Churilla assembled artifacts illustrating the monumental task of washing clothes prior to the advent of modern, multi-function washers and dryers. She said that many visitors ask how the gallery's collection of coverlets would have been cleaned, back in the 1800s when they were in daily use, leading to the exhibit running through June 15.
Visual arts professor Ben Schachter curated "Image, Action, Idea," comprising pieces of "conceptual Jewish art" that illustrate, simply put, the do's and don'ts of traditional and Orthodox Judaism. The exhibit, running through Feb. 18, also celebrates the recent publication of Schachter's book, "Image, Action, and Idea in Contemporary Jewish Art."
Seen at Saint Vincent: Schachter's wife Abby and children Sonia, Theresa, Isaiah and Pearl Schachter; along with art gallery director Father Robert Keffer, Brother Norman Hipps, Dodie Roskies, Sarah Hunter, Philip Montalbano, John Wojtechko, Frank and Susan Rex, Jamie Sherry, Christina Lane, Raymond Aguiar, Aleasha Monroe, Victoria Copenheaver, Rachel Mattica, Cara Geary, Trenton Maher and Bill and Vickie Yurt.
— Shirley McMarlin