Fine Arts of Fall

By Claire Smithers
Photo by Claire Smithers

    As the exhibits in the Elberson Fine Arts Center are uninstalled over the next few weeks, new exhibits are taking their place. Two artists, Andrew Fansler and Edith Lake Wilkinson, will have their work displayed near the end of October.

    The first artist, Fansler, may ring a bell to some Salem students. Fansler previously taught at Salem College as an adjunct instructor of art. Fansler also has experience at Winston-Salem State University and has worked with art handling, curating, and art installation in Chicago and Greensboro.

    His exhibit is titled “Lacuna” and will be installed Oct. 30 through Dec. 18 in the North Corridor Gallery in the Elberson Fine Arts Center. The names of the works that will be displayed are: GapMissing Fragment, Unfilled Space and Intentional Omission. Fansler works with a range of media emphasizing on use of space and the potential energy within.

    First-year Anna Fisher described Fansler’s works as “visually engaging.”

    The reception will be held in Friday,  November 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    The other artwork is by Edith Lake Wilkinson and is titled “Packed in a Trunk Exhibition.” Edith was born in 1868 in Wheeling, West Virginia and passed away in 1957. She lived in many cities across America ranging from New York City where she studied and taught art, to exhibiting her works in Chicago and New Orleans. She was then committed to an asylum for thirty-two years until her death. To find out more about her life, there is an HBO documentary available online about her life entitled “Packed in a Trunk.

    Wilkinson’s work goes up on display from Oct. 23 until Nov. 18. This exhibit will be located in the Mary Davis Holt Gallery in the Elberson Fine Arts Center.

     Alex Benson, a sophomore student, comments, “One of the most amazing things about art is the manifestation of emotion and creativity that comes from each individual piece. Fansler and Wilkinson have profoundly different moral compasses and lifestyle paths and yet both have produced compelling works of art.”

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