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February 26, 2013

Improvisational dance turns into on-site sculpture at exhibit

ERIE — This is the story of a collaboration between two Meadville-area artists that took root on Market Square during the summer of 2012, blossomed in the art galleries of Allegheny College during an eight-hour period in September and is now coming into bloom in Erie.

The public is invited to drop by Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to observe the creation of the final component of “The Cup: Works by Valerie Gilman with Doug Lodge,” in the Roland E. Holstein Gallery at the Erie Art Museum’s Frame Shop, 423 State St., Erie. A public reception will follow during Gallery Night from 7 to 10 p.m.

Each performance in connection with “The Cup” is an exercise in creating a sculpture that has a dynamic energy relating to the already-installed show.

Gilman, a visiting assistant professor of art and technical assistant in the Allegheny art department, has been a resident of the Meadville area for the past seven years. A native of Alexandria, Va., she holds a master of fine arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“The sculpture that I have been doing for a very long time has been based on concepts of the body,” Gilman explained. “The idea of bringing in a body that plays with movement the way my abstract sculpture plays with movements seems like a really exciting juncture.”

Enter Lodge, who started dancing as a student at Allegheny 40 years ago, and has been a principal dancer/collaborator with the Erie-based Shen & Bones Performance Group since its founding in 1999. He is also a long-time collaborator and performer with Allegheny graduate Joan Meggitt’s Cleveland-based Antaeous Dance Company. A resident of the Cochranton area, Lodge notes that he’s been roofing slightly longer than he’s been dancing. “In particular, I appreciate maintaining the slate roofs of Crawford County,” he said.

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