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‘Intruding Umbrellas’ Exhibit to Come to Madigan Library

Frank Pudney, 'Octopus,' 2008, oil on umbrellaThe Gallery at Penn College will host the traveling exhibit “Intruding Umbrellas,” by members of the Society for the Art of Imagination, from July 14 to Aug. 28 in The Madigan Library.

The exhibit, which will be displayed in the library atrium, originated at the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai as part of a citywide project.

Called “Intrude: Art & Life 366,” the project aimed to bring art to the residents of the city. Artists were invited to devise an original way to use ordinary objects to create art: The Society for the Art of Imagination chose umbrellas, and member artists from 10 countries joined the exhibit.

The Society for the Art of Imagination was founded in England in 1961 as the Inscape Group. Inspired by such visionary artists as Bosch, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Blake, Rosetti, Munch, Klint and Dali, founding members resolved to focus on the technical aspects of painting and drawing which they felt contemporary artists were missing by experimenting both with old and newly developed techniques.

The society, which exhibited in The Gallery at Penn College in 2007, has branches worldwide and aims to cultivate an interest in imaginative and sacred art and to make this art accessible.

The exhibit is organized by The Gallery at Penn College. For more about the gallery, visit online, email or call 570-320-2445.

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