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"Wood, Water and Thursday"

New Exhibit By Pat Badt Conjures a Process of Thought and Daydream
Through A Meditative Journey Into Nature

Allentown, PA (October 9, 2003)- Inspired by the western redwoods and mystic oceans, the new exhibit by Pat Badt, professor of art at Cedar Crest College, features large paintings that depict the whimsical states of nature. The exhibit opens on October 27, 2003, in the Tompkins Gallery in the Tompkins College Center. The opening reception will be held on October 28, 2003, beginning with an artist talk at 3:30 p.m.

Entitled "Wood, Water and Thursday" the exhibit includes 18 new paintings by the artist that focus on the serenity, calmness and fluidity of nature. Turning nature into art, Badt aims to subdue the audience into quiet deliberation and meditation. "The work as a whole is quiet, it has a slow simmer to it, evoking thought and contemplation," says Badt.

The artworks are inspired by the Chinese element. It is an ongoing series beginning with water and wood. "I was inspired to do this artwork when taking a trip to California," says Badt. "The paintings are representational. They have a tactile quality. The texture of each artwork serves as a sort of tapestry that evokes memories."

Because it can be difficult to find the time to create new work, Badt created a schedule to begin a new piece each week. These became the Thursday series. "The idea behind Thursday was one of perseverence. It was sort of like playing a game with yourself, seeing how much and how far your discipline and limitations might stretch."

In the exhibit, Badt departs from her general style of painting small pieces, and strives to fully utilize the grand size of the canvas. "Working larger allows your whole body to be involved in the process. Just the mere physicality of stretching your body with the brush stroke makes the work authentic," says Badt. "It was a return to my roots."

In her quest to fully integrate the audience into the atmosphere of the art, Badt has created an installation with the exhibit that includes a meditation bench and large zabutan pillows. This relaxed and integrated setting is aimed at fully attracting the attention and emotion of the viewer into a process of meditation. Each Thursday, fresh flowers will be placed in the exhibit to bring nature inside. "I wanted to create a place where one would be able to relax, meditate and daydream comfortably," says Badt.

Pat Badt is originally from California, but currently resides between New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. She has earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and has won many awards, including the Rome Prize Finalist award. Her work is exhibited widely in Japan and the United States. As a professor and chair of the art department at Cedar Crest College she teaches printmaking and painting.

"Wood, Water and Thursday" runs October 27, 2003 through January 5, 2004 in the Tompkins Gallery in the Tompkins College Center. The gallery is open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily and admission is free. For more information, please contact Gallery Coordinator Erin Goga at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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