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The Lycoming College Art Gallery will unveil a new exhibit this fall entitled “Haunt & Gather,” featuring new sculptures by Anthony Cervino. The show opens as part of First Friday in downtown Williamsport on Sept. 6, with an artist reception beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The gallery will remain open until 9 p.m. The show runs through Oct. 11 and is free and open to the public.
The works in “Haunt & Gather” pay homage to the emotional valences and real histories found in familiar and strange things. Cervino’s carefully composed sculptures, which are set in beautifully crafted, glass-fronted, brightly colored wooden boxes, resonate with a kind of sympathetic magic (the idea that through ritual, an object can influence action). The objects are valued not simply because they’ve been gathered and displayed; rather, they radiate an uncanny sense of larger sentimental and cultural significance. Found and sculpted materials in each case are not banal detritus, but instead appear as archaeological relics of childhood narratives.
Although the exhibition might at first seem to imitate the display of artifacts found in institutional, linen-lined museum cases, Cervino invites personal associations and the passionate psyche of childhood — adventurous play, maternal comforts, imagined heroism, lurking bogymen, and prayerful longings. Taken as a whole, Cervino’s work offers a wistful celebration of everyday possessions and poetic musings on an enigmatic past.
Cervino is an associate professor of art at Dickinson College. His works have been featured in both solo and group exhibitions at museums around the country, and he has extensive experience lecturing. Cervino also completed a residency at Kunstnarhuset Messen, Alvik, Norway. He received a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of North Carolina, and a master’s of fine art from Towson University.
The Lycoming College Art Gallery, located in downtown Williamsport at 25 W. Fourth St., contributes to the city’s arts culture and provides a way for the College to become more involved with the community surrounding it. Lycoming art students have the opportunity to interact with visiting artists, as well as learn first-hand the inner workings of a gallery.
The gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 4 – 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 9 p.m.; and on First Fridays, 4-9 p.m., during exhibitions. For more information, please visit the gallery online at: https://www.lycoming.edu/art/gallery.html or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.