Millcreek Faculty Exhibition now open to the public

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The Mercyhurst University Cummings Gallery is featuring the work of artists who teach visual arts in the Millcreek Township School District.

The participating artists include Timothy Blair and Robert V. Werder of McDowell Intermediate High School. Bethany Krowsoski and Michael Prather of McDowell High School, Jackie Platz, teacher at both McDowell Intermediate and Belle Valley Elementary School, Jennifer Dunham of J.S. Wilson Middle School and Maria Cross of Grandview and Chestnut Hill elementary schools.

Also featured were retired teachers Andrea Jacoby and Mary Rosiak of McDowell Intermediate and Marsha Langman Cisek of McDowell.

The Millcreek Township school district has hosted 14 exhibits since 1985, following the innovative edge of nearby colleges and universities. The exhibit portrayed a variety of works in diverse media from watercolor on aqua-board, acrylic on canvas and colored pencils to ceramic, photography and collagraphs.

The ceramic work of Michael Prather had a commanding presence that captured the audience’s attention. He experimented with different textures and surface treatments such as glossy finishes, smoked exteriors and spray that conferred to each piece a unique emotion, design and story. Jackie Platz’s watercolors on aqua-board convey the appearance of being close range snapshots of plants and flowers.

Also of outstanding appeal were Marsha Langman Cisek’s metal weavings, which consisted of corroded nuts, screws, wire and metal interwoven into single cohesive units. The exhibition will be on display until Oct. 28, in Cummings Gallery, located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.