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Monday, February 2, 2009

Winthrop Galleries Feb. 6

From Winthrop:

Winthrop University Galleries Opens New Exhibitions by Anne Lemanski and Alf Ward
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop University Galleries in Rock Hill, S.C. is opening two new exhibitions, INTERLACED by Anne Lemanski in the Rutledge Gallery and La Mostra Della Borsa by Alf Ward in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery on Feb. 6 with an opening reception from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Rutledge and Patrick Galleries. Also taking place that evening is the M.F.A. Open Studio Night from 6 – 8 p.m. in McLaurin Hall, second floor student studios. The reception and studio night are open to the public and free of charge with plenty of free parking.

North Carolina artist Anne Lemanski presents her first solo exhibition that will include three-dimensional “skinned” forms as well as a new series of two-dimensional pieces. Lemanski recently exhibited in “Possibilities: Rising Stars of Contemporary Craft in North Carolina” at Charlotte’s Mint Museum of Craft and Design and is a former resident artist at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. Lemanski works in familiar forms such as a gun or a deer, created from metal armatures covered or “skinned” by stitching appropriated or hand-made materials and/or paper with artificial sinew. Lemanski’s conscious choice of form, material and “skin” convey subtle political messages to the viewer and “tackles abstract, global political issues that affect us all: urban sprawl and habitat destruction, genetically modified food, war, and women’s roles in society. ‘My work is my way of speaking about what’s happening now.’” – Verve magazine.

Artist and Professor Emeritus of Winthrop’s Department of Fine Arts Alfred Ward presents an exhibition of handbags and accessories that find their origins in his fashion product design work in England some thirty years ago. As a consultant designer to Spink & Sons in London, and by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, Ward designed many presentation pieces for the Royal Air Force, the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, Revlon of Paris and individual awards for Margo Fontaine and the Covent Garden Opera House. The desire to return to some aspect of fashion design has remained with him throughout his teaching career in American universities. The pieces in this exhibition reflect his desire to perpetuate some ancient and modern production practices from Italy, France, and England by employing them in the contemporary design of evening bags, handbags, and fashion accessories.

Both exhibitions will run until March 26 and each artist will give a talk as part of the Almost All On Thurs. @ 8 p.m. Gallery Talk Series. Lemanski will present on Thursday, Feb., 12 at 8 p.m. and Ward will present on Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m., both in Rutledge Auditorium. All talks are free and open to the public.

Winthrop University Galleries is also opening several exhibitions focusing on student artwork.
Opening on Feb. 2 and running until March 5 in the Rutledge Window with a View is The Function of Art: Winthrop Crafts, a faculty juried exhibition of student work in jewelry/metals and ceramics. Also opening Feb. 2 running until Feb. 12 in the Edmund D. Lewandowski Student Gallery is the M.F.A. Works in Progress exhibition followed by the DVD Invitational (2) running Feb. 23 to March 12.

Winthrop University Galleries is located in the Rutledge Building and McLaurin Hall on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed for spring break March 16 to 20. For more information call 803/323-2493 or visit

1 comment:

  1. Anne Lemanski's work is amazing! You really should go see it, and the descriptions are very important as well.