Tending Eden

Art show in WWU gallery

By: Emily Forshee

Walla Walla University presents local artist Caprice Scott’s art show, “Tending Eden” at the WWU Fine Arts Center’s Clyde and Harris Gallery, October 16 to November 16, 2011.

Scott’s collection includes a large variety of works, including two statement series entitled, “Covered by the Media’ and “Picturesque America.” The display will showcase prints, mixed media/collages, miniature sculptures, pottery, watercolor paintings, and acrylic paintings.

“My ‘Covered by the Media’ series is a set of random objects I’ve covered with 19th-century  encyclopedia paper,” explains Scott.  “It is an effort to open the viewer's eyes to the fact that everything about our lives is affected by what the media tells us and how the media has changed America in its short 200 plus years.”

“Picturesque America” includes six mixed media collages about which Scott created stories that involve the beauty of America and its people, based on certain postage stamps.

“I've used an old 18th-century book to clip words and phrases to create a story about each stamp,” she says.

One of the six, “Arbor Day,” will be in this year's “Gadfly,” WWU’s annual art and literature publication.  

“The collages reveal the goodness and generosity of the American people, and their struggles and will to survive - Mentoring, Hospice, Adoption, and Breast Cancer Awareness,” Scott says.

When explaining how she came up with a name for the art show Scott said, “I wanted to use a name that sounded like some kind of inviting garden, because so much of my work is reflective of nature.”

Gallery hours are typically Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.  However, it is possible the gallery could open for additional hours; to find out, call Tom Emmerson at 509-527-2180 or email tom.emmerson@wallawalla.edu.

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