Art show opening set for May 13

An opening reception for the summer art show “Selected Photographs of Chesapeake Bay Waterfowl Decoys” featuring the photographs of Victoria Weaver, a Penn State doctoral candidate in art education, is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library at Penn State York. The meet the artists’ session features Victoria as well as her husband, Bruce Weaver, the carver of the duck decoys which are the subjects of her work. The opening reception will take place in the periodicals lounge of the library and is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through August 15.

“The Waterfowl Decoys Series” showcases photographs Weaver began taking to document her husband’s duck decoy carving. “I placed the decoys in habitats and then took pictures of them,” she said. “Bruce has been carving duck decoys for more than 10 years and has been a carver all his life. His family has been in the violin making business for three generations.” A number of the duck decoys will be on display during the opening reception in addition to the photographs.

Weaver has lived with her family on a 95-acre farm in central York County for more than 20 years. She has taught art privately at the Walters Art Museum in Carroll County, Maryland; in public schools, and at a variety of universities. She is currently working as a university supervisor for student teachers in art education at Towson State University.

Weaver is near her completion as a Penn State doctoral candidate in art education. Her dissertation examines how the renaming of Native American cultural objects from artifacts (meaning a sample of the larger culture) to objects of cultural patrimony (meaning a mnemonic device through which culture is remembered) affect how they are interpreted. The results of her research are used to develop new approaches to teaching about Native American objects in the art classroom.

For more than 36 years, Weaver has used cameras to document life, nature, and people. Photography has become a means for her to visually document the relationship of objects to their environment. By using the lens to filter out the “visual noise,” Weaver is able to understand how parts contribute to the whole.

Weaver’s photographs are for sale and prices are available from the artist. For more information please contact her at (717) 235-6817. Hours for the exhibit are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Last Updated November 18, 2010