ESU’s Gallery Hosts Art with Intriguing Backstories

Photo Credit/ Dan Stevens Sibyl Kempson's display of art, at ESU's Madelon Powers Art Gallery, echoes personal stories and leaves its viewers curious to know what the significance behind such odd objects is.

Dan Stevens 

Contributing Writer

East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery is showcasing the “12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens,” an intriguing display of various works of art.

Sibyl Kempson, a talented theatre artist, will be showcasing the gallery until March 6 in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The Gallery is open to all students and faculty on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery is open to all students at no cost.

Kempson previously did the show at the Whitney Museum in New York City in 2017 and 2018.

Kempson was very knowledgeable of every piece of art in the gallery and each piece had an enchanting story behind them.

The exhibit may seem small at first, but you may be there for over an hour like I was. It was easy to get distracted and just absorb the aurora of what the gallery has to offer.

The whole exhibit emitted a sense of curiosity and will have you wanting to know more about every piece, what every work of art meant to the author, and what inspired them to craft their project.

The presentation features many forms of art that will pique the audience’s interest. The gallery features tuning forks that were used to purify water, seeds of various plants inside of translucent 3D printed stones, several fascinating books and a peculiar display of a cardinal’s wings.

Sibyl Kempson recalled one day she was giving a lesson and she mentioned how cardinals are known as the bird of coincidences.

After her lesson when she went home, a cardinal flew into her kitchen window. The cardinal sadly died, but the wings of the bird are now immortalized in one of Sibyl’s works and are on display for the world to see.

The exhibit was really quite the experience, I recommend going especially to students who have not been to an art show before.

The show was easily accessible and entertaining, the cast of artists running the show was extremely generous and informative on what was being displayed.

Even students without an insightful eye will have been stimulated by the spectacle of crafts on display.

The display also has a recorded performance on playback for students who want to see the show but did not have time to make it for the live performance on February 3.

For students interested in attending the gallery, they should visit the Fine and Performing Arts Center off Normal Street. I encourage students to check out the gallery and bring a friend.

The exhibition is a great way to spend time between and after classes especially for the art lovers on campus.

For students who are in any creative media (writing, arts, etc.), Sibyl Kempson will be hosting a Creative Writing Workshop on March 3 in Kemp Library (160 Smith Street) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The workshop is open to all ESU students. I implore interested students to sign up, it will be a great lesson and experience.

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