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River's Edge

Cindy up on a ladder hanging an exhibit

Photo by Ron Rittenhouse - The Dominion Post

Artist Cindy Snodgrass, a Pittsburgh native, hangs part of her exhibit "River's Edge: Life in the Monongahela" in the MAC's Benedum Gallery. The exhibit opened yesterday and will remain until July 2.

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Art Installation To Focus On Monongahela River

June 2, 2004 PRESS RELEASE

Erin and Cindy at Rices Landing

MORGANTOWN, WV. The Monongalia Arts Center will host a site-specific installation by internationally recognized artist Cindy Snodgrass titled, "River's Edge: Life in the Monongahela" from June 19-July 2. A public opening will be held on Friday, June 18 from 5:30-7:00 pm. During the opening, the public is invited to meet the artist and learn more about the local community art and environmental events she will be leading this June and July.

River's Edge Fish MAC detail

Ms. Snodgrass will work in the gallery for several days preceding the opening to "weave" a unique set of images, ideas, and information about the water that forms our rivers. Unlike a traditional gallery show, this piece will be assembled on site, and will only exist for the duration of the show. The end product will be a multi-layered, three-dimensional collage made with natural and artificial materials, pictures, facts, and borrowed local objects.

The exhibit will also incorporate colorful fish shapes from Ms. Snodgrass's community work throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania including work from students of Monongalia County's Alternative Learning Center, the Morgantown Learning Academy, and the Albert Gallatin school district. Some of this work comes from residents of the Upper Monongahela watershed as part of the "Art Barge" Project, a larger, long-term residency that Ms. Snodgrass is doing in partnership with Peggy Pings of the National Parks Service.

River's Edge Visitors - photo by Wally Venable

Ms. Snodgrass is a Pittsburgh native, active in making enormous fabric sculptures for skyscrapers, as well as community art and installations throughout the country for over 35 years. Similar installations have been created in Ames, Iowa, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, and have received media coverage, including a local special on PBS. The installation will introduce Ms. Snodgrass's art work as well the "Art Barge" project to the local community. In July, parts of the installation will move to "The Cindy", a floating installation/museum/library/artist studio called the "Art Barge." Throughout July, the barge will make several two-to-three day stops in selected towns along the Upper Monongahela Water Trail, offering environmental education, barge tours, and painting workshops to pre-registered groups.

Contributions of information, stories, Xeroxed images, or objects addressing the theme of water and rivers are appreciated (items will be returned after August 3). Contributions and questions about the exhibit and project should be directed to Project Coordinator Sarah Gerichten at 304-293-2941 x2324. Exhibit and reception sponsored by Boggs Environmental Consultants. The "Art Barge" project is funded through an "Artists & Communities" grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails program and the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce's Community Visions 2020 initiative.

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