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NewsPress Release -Marlboro College Presents Artwork of Graduating Seniors

MARLBORO, VT - This May in its Drury Gallery, Marlboro College presents three exhibits of work by graduating seniors.

May 5-8, graduating seniors, Elham Shahidi and Chris Putnam present a joint exhibit. Shahidi’s work is a multi-media exploration of the relationship between art and environment. Her work will include paintings and photographs of plants of Vermont, a proposed landscape design for the Marlboro College septic field, and student artwork from a class she is teaching in drawing and ecology.

Putnam, who works in stained glass, will exhibit a number of stained glass boxes, with insects represented on their lids and with information and found objects inside pertaining to the specific insect. Her work will also include a creation myth in six panels, an abstract figural piece, and experimental ceramic tiles with melted glass.

May 10-14, Monica Merschrod, a graduating senior, will exhibit her woodworking. Examples of Merschrod’s furniture made with hand tools will be on display, including a chair, table, and a sewing cabinet, as well as photos of a restoration project of a timber-frame barn, and architectural drawings of a timber-frame cottage that she has designed. The partial frame of the 16 x 16 cottage will be shown on the green in front of Mather beginning May 14. All are invited to witness the raising of the frame, which will take place all day on May 9. Those who wish to participate in the raising should attend the training session convening May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall.

May 11-14, graduating senior Marta Willgoose will display an installation of inter-related sculptural works. Willgoose’s work involves scenes deriving from her interest in honeybees, beehives, and the activity of bees as a metaphor for human activities. Although Willgoose uses a variety of materials, including bee honey, the exhibit comprises a whole-room situation in which the sculptural form and matter is not as important as what is happening. Willgoose will also display small hand-made artistic books.

All the work is being done as part of the students' Plan of Concentration, the cornerstone of Marlboro College's academic program. It is an in-depth, self-designed exploration of a field or fields of each student’s choosing. The Plan culminates in a major independent project involving research, one-to-one study with faculty in tutorials and a three-hour oral examination with Marlboro faculty and an outside examiner who is an expert in the student’s field.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. The Drury Gallery is fully accessible, and regular gallery hours are Sunday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. For more information about these events or any others, call 802-257-4333 or visit Marlboro at www.marlboro.edu.

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