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Rooted and at the Same Time Free: Living Evolution in the Craft Arts Special Lecture by Paulus Berensohn

November 17, 2005, Comerford Theatre

Marywood University Art Galleries, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, will present a lecture ROOTED AND AT THE SAME TIME FREE: Living Evolution in the Craft Arts given by Paulus Berensohn. For more than forty years, Paulus has offered hands-on workshops in the craft arts including clay, fiber, and book arts at the interface of deep ecology. He has given talks all over this country as well as in Canada, England, Germany, and Australia. He taught at Swarthmore College and has been associated for decades with the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and its sister school, the Haystack School in Maine. He formerly lived on a farm in northeastern Pennsylvania, which he shared with M.C. Richards and friends. He resides in Penland, North Carolina. A self-described "amateur visual and craft artist, a passionate deep ecologist, and a professional godfather," Paulus is the author of the ground-breaking book, Finding One's Way with Clay, first published by Simon and Schuster in 1972 and still in print by Bisquet Books. His book is considered a classic not only for potters but also for anyone interested in seeking inspiration for their creative process. Paulus was installed as an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council in 1998. Described as retired, attendees will be riveted by Paulus' "rare" lecture on the importance of, and ongoing personal relationship to materials and craft arts. This special lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibit, POTTER'S APPRENTICE: Continuity and Mentorship in a Modern Tradition. Paulus' lecture will place the exhibit and its accompanying programming in a broader context.

The exhibit, special lecture, and associated programming are presented with the support of a Pennsylvania Humanities Council grant. PHC inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning and allow local organizations to offer public exhibits and programs that have a positive influence on the community. To support projects that combine the arts and discussion, a partnership has been created with the PHC and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. ROOTED AND AT THE SAME TIME FREE: Living Evolution in the Craft Arts will be held at 7 PM at the Comerford Theatre, located in the Center for Natural and Health Science on the Marywood campus, a very short walk from the Mahady Gallery. Parking is available in the lower lot to the left of the Art Galleries/Shields Center for Visual Arts. Gallery hours will also be extended on November 17th, before and after the lecture. Directions to Comerford Theatre will be given/available at the gallery.