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Will's Creek Survey, Nationally Juried Art Exhibition, to Open at FSU

The Will's Creek Survey 2000, a nationally representational juried art exhibition, will open Sunday, Oct. 8, at Frostburg State University's Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery. The exhibition marks the opening event for the yearlong 25th anniversary celebration of the Allegany Arts Council.

The exhibition represents the best of the 270 slides submitted for consideration from artists representing 28 states, from as far away as Maine, Florida, California and New Mexico. Media of many different forms were accepted, including fiber, oils, watercolors, acrylic, soft sculpture, carved glass graphite; ceramics, photography and coiled basketry.

Local artists selected to have works exhibited include Jackie Brown, Cindy Crites, Frank DeCosta, Steve Fiscus, Robert Llewellyn, Beth Piver, Robyn Price, Wini Redick, David C. Smith and Emily Wittman. Jurors were John A. Rasmussen, Ph.D., executive director of Maryland Art Place in Baltimore; Scott Cawood, metal sculptor and blacksmith; and Catherine Moreland, executive director of the Delaplaine in Frederick, Md. Allegany Arts Council board member Ann Townsell is chair of the Wills Creek Survey.

Purchase awards total nearly $4,000, and cash awards are $1,000 for Best of Show; $600 for second place given by the Allegany Arts Council; $250, Third Place, Gary Horowitz Award; $300, Kim and Marion Leonard Award for Promoting Artistic Expression; and $100, Western Maryland Watercolor Society Award for watercolor.

The exhibition will hang in the Roper Gallery in the Fine Arts Building on the FSU campus through Wednesday, Nov. 8. The opening reception will be Oct. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. Juror John Rasmussen will present the awards at 2:30 p.m. Special guests will be Speaker of the House Casper R. Taylor Jr. and James Backas, executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Regular hours for the Roper Gallery are Sunday through Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Allegany Arts Council at (301) 777-ARTS (2787).

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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