Hands-On Campus Workshop Supplements Gallery Exhibition

A recent talk and “meet the artist” reception showcased the work of Amanda McCavour, a Toronto-based textile artist whose wall pieces and installations are on exhibit in The Gallery at Penn College through March 5. McCavour also led an extensive workshop in the Thompson Professional Development Center on the day following her Jan. 29 appearance, allowing her students to expressively experiment with machine and hand embroidery. Located on the third floor of Madigan Library, the gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Amanda McCavour (seated) provides artistic assistance to workshop participant Sally Ickes, of Danville.

Amanda McCavour (seated) provides artistic assistance to workshop participant Sally Ickes, of Danville.

"Living Room," among the pieces on exhibit through March 5, recalls McCavour's apartments in Toronto.

“Living Room,” among the pieces on exhibit through March 5, recalls McCavour’s apartments in Toronto.

The artist (center) shares a laugh with Camille Seeling (left), of Cogan Station, and Brittany McLaughlin, of Trout Run.

The artist (center) shares a laugh with Camille Seeling (left), of Cogan Station, and Brittany McLaughlin, of Trout Run.

David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, studies "Untitled Figure" in The Gallery at Penn College.

David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, studies “Untitled Figure” in The Gallery at Penn College.

With a yellow sewing box her grandmother gave her when she was 6, McLaughlin concentrates …

With a yellow sewing box her grandmother gave her when she was 6, McLaughlin concentrates …

... on her colorful creation.

… on her colorful creation.

Students inhabit "Stand-In for Home," which recreates the artist's former living space.

Students inhabit “Stand-In for Home,” which recreates the artist’s former living space.

McCavour consults with Mary Steele, of Montgomery, on materials.

McCavour consults with Mary Steele, of Montgomery, on materials.

The motif extends to the sign for the exhibit.

The motif extends to the sign for the exhibit.

Shadows add another dimension to the artist's domestic connections.

Shadows add another dimension to the artist’s domestic connections.

Spools bring a dash of color to the indoor wintertime activity.

Spools bring a dash of color to the indoor wintertime activity.

Gallery patrons walk among a "Floating Garden."

Gallery patrons walk among a “Floating Garden.”

Creative accoutrements fill the PDC Mountain Laurel Room for the daylong embroidery workshop with artist Amanda McCavour.

Creative accoutrements fill the PDC Mountain Laurel Room for the daylong embroidery workshop with artist Amanda McCavour.

Gallery manager Penny G. Lutz introduces the artist's talk ...

Gallery manager Penny G. Lutz introduces the artist’s talk …

... in which McCavour engaged an audience unfazed by winter conditions.

… in which McCavour engaged an audience unfazed by winter conditions.

At the workshop, McCavour's artistic inspiration dances across a table.

At the workshop, McCavour’s artistic inspiration dances across a table.

A number of pieces provide a literal reminder of the handiwork on display.

A number of pieces provide a literal reminder of the handiwork on display.

Attendees at the gallery reception suspend reality while mingling amid the artist's thread-borne reimaginings.

Attendees at the gallery reception suspend reality while mingling amid the artist’s thread-borne reimaginings.

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