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WEEK AT SRU TO INCLUDE FABRIC ART DEMONSTRATION FROM SOUTH
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “Focus on French
Week” (La Semaine du français), sponsored by
Slippery Rock University’s modern languages and cultures
department, will feature West African artist Saihou from Gambia
whose specializes in batik, a medium of decorating fabric for
clothing learned from his mother, a French lawn game, discussion of
classes taken in France and a French film.
The week runs Oct.
25-28 and all events are free and open to the public.
Batik is a
technique making use of wax and dyes to produce vividly colored
artworks with Saihou teaching the art across the state as part of
the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as a member of the Fibrerarts
Guild and the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh.
While at SRU, he will demonstrate the batik art in the Printmaking
Studio of the Art Building at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
artist’s work has been displayed in numerous galleries in the
Pittsburgh area and has appeared in several local newspapers and
magazines. His other creative pursuits include photography, costume
and fashion design, garment construction, silkscreen printing,
dance, guitar and percussion.
week’s Oct. 25 opening will see a 4 p.m. demonstration
outside Bailey library of pétanque, a French lawn game
similar to Italian bocci. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26 SRU
French students will discuss their semester study in Cannes,
France, and a French luncheon will be part of the event held in
Carruth Rizza Hall.
French comedy “Dîner de Cons” will be shown at
7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Carruth Rizza.
The week is sponsored by the International Arts
and Cultures Series, the department of modern languages and
cultures, the Office of International Initiatives, the art
department, the SRU Art Club, French Club, and the College of
Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.
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