LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
The public is invited to an artist reception and the opening of an art exhibit in the Sloan Fine Arts Gallery on the Lock Haven University Campus. The reception will be 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 8. The new exhibit, entitled “A Baker’s Dozen,” runs from October 8 to November 1. Gallery hours are 8 am - 9 pm M-F for free public viewing.
In “A Baker’s Dozen,” artist James Parlin presents a series of sculptural sketches of himself, his family and friends, and casual acquaintances. Parlin's sculptures are based on the people around him and on a variety of human issues such as dependency, rage, intimacy, poor judgment, aging and bad hair. Parlin says that he tried to give his pieces “the casual quality of snapshots, with some of the subjects posing stiffly, some interrupted in the midst of an activity, and some caught completely unaware.”
A native Pennsylvanian, Parlin has shown his work in a variety of regional and national venues. He taught drawing and various three-dimensional studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia for a number of years. He is currently chairman of the art department at Edinboro University.
“Mine is a quiet life,” says Parlin, and I am trying with these pieces to use a quiet, if not prosaic format as a point of entry to a world of deeper and broader mystery.”