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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Essences Of Bronze Age Sites Captured By Artist

If you love art like I do, here is a show that you won’t want to miss!

Paintings inspired by a local artist’s trips to Ireland will be on display in the third-floor art gallery at Eastern Mennonite University.

An opening reception for the artist, John M. Bell, an assistant professor of art at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, will be hosted from 2:30-4 p.m. on Sunday in the gallery.

Bell’s exhibit, titled “An Turas: Ireland Journey,” grew out of travels to the west of Ireland in May 2003 and June 2005. His 2005 stay included an international-artist-in-residency at the Cill Rialaig Project in Ballinskelligs, County Kerry.

“The subjects of the paintings are primarily Bronze Age sites that have spiritual significance,” Bell said. “At these sites, one finds the ruins of stone structures: circles, standing stones, dwellings and tombs. They all signify in some way the human desire to understand and connect with nature — to find meaning in our existence.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.

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