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April 12, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

Kaleidoscope showcases student art

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Up to 40 pieces of art by Slippery Rock University students, including paintings, drawings, fibers, printmaking, photography and ceramics, will be displayed April 16-22 during SRU's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival. The 12th annual festival begins April 16 and runs through April 28 with more than 20 events, many of them free.

The student exhibit opens at 5 p.m., April 16, in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room. Many of the pieces will be for sale, with prices displayed.

"It will be a range of artwork," said Heather Hertel, SRU associate professor of art. "Exhibit walls have been constructed, and it is a really great space; it's a nice, open space."

Hertel said art students benefit in many ways by exhibiting their work. Not only do the freshmen through seniors create for the exhibit, they must learn to set up their work.

"It is good experience for them to learn how to get their work exhibit ready," Hertel said. "They learn how to frame their work and properly hang it on a wall or hang it with wire. They finish their work with a professional presence. That's the transition from studio making to gallery exhibit. It includes marketing and networking and presenting their concepts to the public."

Eric Berdis, an art major from Erie, said he would be displaying collages. "The benefit to this venue is that it celebrates the visual artwork of our art community and students at Slippery Rock University," he said.

The Kaleidoscope Opening Celebration will take place at 12:30 p.m., April 18, on the SRU Quad. The Pittsburgh-based Get Down Gang, a dance crew representing breaking and popping styles, will perform along with the SRU Jazz Combo. AVI Fresh, SRU's contracted food vendor, will provide lunch free to students.

Upcoming events include the Third Coast Dance Film Festival from 12:30-1:30 p.m., April 16, in the Smith Student Center Theater. The festival celebrates the intersection of contemporary dance and short films.

SRU theatre will present seven productions of "Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) April 19, and April 21-25, in the University Union. (See related story in this edition.)

Twenty-one dance majors will offer, "Here's the Story," a senior synthesis concert, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 20-21 in Swope Music Hall.

April 20 is the festival's Children's Day. The family-oriented event, in the University Union MPR, will feature arts, crafts, music and a Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Blackbeard the Pirate." Missoula will host open auditions for children in grades K-12 at 3:45 p.m., April 15, in the University Union.

"We're really excited about Missoula children's theater and can't wait for Kaleidoscope to begin," said Colleen Reilly, SRU assistant professor of theatre and arts festival director. "Spring is spring, so Kaleidoscope is coming to life."

The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival brings free or low cost arts to an underserviced region. Many events are free, sponsored by SRU's College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.

For more information, contact Reilly at 724.738.4586.

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