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Senior Art Students’ Work Featured in Our Eight Fold Path

The work of students in the senior studio seminar course, ART 470, at Cedar Crest College, is on display during the art exhibition, Our Eight Fold Path, through Jan. 31 in Alumnae Hall Capstone Gallery. Senior art majors Chealsea Anagnoson, Sarah Binder, Gabrielle Buzgo, Erica Hawkey, Rose Marsh, Victoria Snyder, Jillian Webberson and Lindsey Wagner discussed their art work at an artist’s reception on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Victoria Snyder

The Eight Fold Path is a Buddhist concept that outlines eight steps a person can take, in conjunction with the Four Noble Truths, to help end suffering. The steps include: Right View; Right Intention; Right Speech; Right Action; Right Livelihood; Right Effort; Right Mindfulness; and Right Concentration. Eight is also the number of students participating in the exhibition.

Victoria Snyder, an art/psychology major, recently changed the focus of her work from painting to fiber arts, in part because working with fiber arts fits better with her newfound reality as the mother of an 11-month-old daughter.

“I have had some life changes. This was readily available to me, now that my space and time are limited,” said Snyder. “Once I let myself go with the process, I’m generating ideas I’ve never had before.”

Chealsea AnagnosonShe also appreciates working with fiber arts because it allows viewers to interact with her work on another level through touch. She has five pieces in The Eight Fold Path exhibition.

Snyder said one piece titled, “White Wedding,” was created after the Billy Idol song got stuck in her head for three days. She acknowledged it may have something to do with the artist’s take on marriage. For the other pieces, viewers are left to draw their own interpretations.

Art/secondary education major Chealsea Anagnoson has a piece in the show titled, “Bend,” which is a glazed ceramic work representing the four classical elements of air, fire, water and earth, surrounding the OM symbol instrumental to many eastern religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism.

“It took a long time for me to figure out what I wanted to do, but I’ve always felt a very deep connection to the elements,” said Anagnoson. “I’m hoping people will see the connectedness of the piece, and I also want to inspire a sense of questioning and for them to take away their own answers.”

For information on the Our Eight Fold Path art exhibition, which is free and open to the public, send e-mail to jkodegaa@cedarcrest.edu.