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Published 9/27/2005

"Three Artists" Exhibit to Appear At Owens' Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery in October

Real art isn't restricted to museums or dining room walls, and the latest exhibit opening at Owens Community College's Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is living proof. The new exhibition is titled "Three Artists: Mania Dajnak, Mai Curtis and Mary Weis" and will feature a multi-faceted exploration of design and art making concepts by Ohio based artists. The exhibit will run October 1-29.

"'Three Artists' is a very exciting exhibit that those with only a passing interest in art will enjoy just as much as the most devoted aficionado," said Wynn Perry, Owens adjunct faculty member who curates the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. "The exhibit is a provocative blend of innovative design and more traditional art forms."

Each of the award-winning Ohio artists in the exhibit employs a different medium for their expression. Mai Curtis is a weaver, Mania Dajnak a printmaker and Mary Weis a ceramicist. Between the three, there is certain to be something for everyone to appreciate. In addition, the artists came together for the Owens exhibition to create a one-of-a-kind collaborative piece embracing each artist's chosen form.

Originally hailing from Sweden, Curtis grew up in a family where weaving was a longstanding tradition as she was surrounded by the hand-woven towels, sheets, curtains and rugs created by her mother, aunt and grandmother. Weaving has allowed her to express her own artistic desires while keeping in touch with her family and national heritage. Curtis' combination of traditional techniques and fabrics, such as rips, twills, cotton and linen, with a unique use of color and design, makes for pieces that are both elegant and practical.

Mania Danjak's prints have been viewed worldwide, from Texas to Poland, which includes several displays in Ohio over the last decade. She has received several awards for her works during the past 20 years. Danjak's most recent artistic expressions use muted tones of black, white and gray to explore the surface and edges of the picture plane, allowing forms and figures to emerge of their own freedom.

Fondly called the adult term for "playing in the mud" by its practitioners, ceramics is the passion of Mary Weiss. She has created a variety of pieces that are sometimes functional, sometimes non-functional but always captivating. Using clay as a medium, her innovative manipulation of traditional surface design and glazes results in works that have a truly unique form and texture.

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For additional information about the College's 2005-06 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2721 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2721.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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