'HORSING AROUND' ART EXHIBIT AT BETHANY COLLEGE

BETHANY, W.Va. – Visual art has been a focal point of Bethany College's Homecoming celebrations and this year's Homecoming is no different. "Horsing Around: An Equine Art Exhibit" featuring the works of Bethany College students, alumni, staff and friends is on display now through Oct. 21 in Renner Union Gallery on the campus.

Kenn Morgan, Fine Arts Department Chair, said, "We invited students, alumni and outstanding regional artists to submit work that explored the equestrian theme. Some artists truly enjoy responding to a concept exhibit. It's a good reason for some of us to get to our studios and create something new!"

Painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography and mixed mediums are all represented in the exhibit. Some of the pieces are on loan from the Peace Point Equestrian Center and Gene Valentine, Class of 1972 and benefactor for this exhibit's purchase awards, and Ellen Macfarlane Fischer, Class of 1973. A signed serigraph by LeRoy Nieman on loan from the College's permanent collection will also be displayed. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Bethany College Fine Arts Department, the Student Activities Council and the Peace Point Equestrian Center.

Artists exhibiting in the show include Greta Haught, Class of 2005; Abbey Otto, Class of 2004; Brenda Sorice, Class of 2004; Eileen Klauss, Class of 1971; Herb Weaver, Bethany Professor of Fine Arts in the Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts; Bob Villamagna; Chrissy Phillis, a senior Visual Arts major; Rachel Baumgardner, a junior Visual Arts major; Frank E. Ballato III, Class of 2004; Cheryl Sorice, Class of 2003; Mike Sorice; Guy Gellner, Class of 1999 and Ronni Rittenhouse; Kenn Morgan, Bethany Chair of Fine Arts and Class of 1971; Pamela Keener; Adrienne Schramm; Ann Gleason; Liz Neumann; Lora DeWolfe, Class of 2001; Amy Weinzierl; and Jay Stock.

The annual Alumni and Artists' Reception will be held Friday, Oct. 7, from 7-9 p.m. in Renner Union Gallery and is open to the public free of charge.

For further information, please contact Morgan at 304-829-7824.

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