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MACC Gallery Hosts Artifacts of Matrimony Exhibit

Moberly Area Community College’s GAFA Gallery presents an exhibit entitled, The Artifacts of Matrimony, featuring alumni wedding dresses and accessories as well as paintings from nationally recognized artist, Mary Weidner. The exhibit runs from August 28 to September 28, 2012. A public reception will be held from 2-7PM in the Gallery this Friday, September 7, 2012, with a cake cutting at 5PM.

The exhibit's concept stems from the desire of MACC President Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson to incorporate the history of the College with fine art.

“MACC has such a rich history in Moberly and the surrounding communities that is built on the experiences and contributions of our Alumni. This exhibit combines that history and stories of our alumni with the work of an accomplished, national artist in a very unique way,” explained Dr. Jorgenson.

The display focuses on over 60 years of memories and fashion. Ten dresses along with assorted wedding accessories from 1944 to 2010 are on display. The Bouquet Shop, Lynn’s Country Floral and The Pedal Pusher donated silk floral arrangements.

The exhibit also features the work of Mary Weidner, professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. According to the artist, the exhibit ties in closely with the themes of her collection.

“My work focuses on the complex dynamics of our most fundamental social unit, the family. This is the unit that forms and molds, provides for and provokes; the unit that is applauded and maligned, idealized and disparaged. I am interested in examining the shared histories, intimacies and layers of emotion which form our understanding of family,” Weidner said.

The artist’s choice of bold color contrasts the cream and white of the dresses. From large canvases to small, multiple panel narratives, the display tells the story of matrimony, domestic life and the accompanying experiences. The series examines the aches and joys of “for better or worse” that are a part of every relationship.

Weidner graduated from Washington University in 1975 and moved to Pennsylvania soon after, however, she has roots in mid-Missouri.

“I grew up in St. Louis. When I was a child, my family frequently stopped for dinner in Moberly on our way Milan where nearly all of my extended family lived. One cousin still lives Trenton, and another has a vacation cabin outside of Milan,” she explained.

MACC would like to thank Kelly Lasiter at Stephen’s College, Amy Price at Maurices and Jennifer Spotts-Schulte for the use of dress forms & mannequins; Marilyn Black for her reception wedding cake display and the following alumni who contributed dresses or accessories:

Emmy Lou Holman (‘44HS)
Bonnie Kilgore (‘53)
Carol Gerhard (‘59)
Joyce Riley (‘63HS)
Linda Ballinger (‘69)
Shari Pretz (‘82)
Tracie Gittemeire (‘84)
Marlene Geddes (‘86)
Becky Hicks (‘91)
Molly Nuhn (’94)
Sally Lashley (‘98ADN)
Jaime Morgans (‘99)
Jessi Tallman (‘04)
Raine Jasenowski (‘07)

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