January 13, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host several art events Friday, Feb. 17, including the presentation of a painting by Neil Anderson, a discussion by Philadelphia art gallery owner Bridgette Mayer, and a Samek Art Gallery reception and exhibition.

The unveiling and reception for the painting "The Elements: Fire" by Neil Anderson will be held at 4 p.m. in the George McGee Room on the second floor concourse of the Sojka Pavilion. The presentation will include a welcome by Amanda Backus, associate director of athletics, followed by comments from Gary and Sandy Sojka, Neil Anderson, and Bridgette Mayer.

Mayer will give the talk, "The Business of an Art Gallery and Contemporary Art," at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center. She will discuss contemporary art and her experiences as a Philadelphia gallerist before participating in a question-and-answer period.

Following the talk, a reception for Mayer will be held in the Samek Art Gallery, which is presenting two exhibitions. "Carving in Context II: Granite Carving by William Lasansky" focuses on small and medium-size carvings by Lasansky, a long-time Bucknell professor of art. "Sculptors Since Bucknell" is a companion exhibition of works by 10 of Lasansky's former sculpture students and graduate assistants.

A 1996 Bucknell graduate, Mayer founded the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in 2001 to allow her to use her 10 years' experience in gallery and arts management in New York, San Francisco, Taiwan and Philadelphia and to provide exhibition venues for emerging artists.

The Gallery, which specializes in unique contemporary paintings and works on paper by emerging and established artists, will be featured on CNN's program "Moving Up," with Anderson Cooper on March 8. Other media coverage has included KYW-News radio, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Artmatters and Mainline Times. More information about the gallery may be found at http://www.mayerartconsultants.com/

One of Mayer's featured artists in Neil Anderson, Bucknell professor emeritus of art, an established artists whose work has been shown in museums and is collected nationally. Anderson also was one of Mayer's professors.

"This is a `very Bucknell' celebration," said Dan Mills. "Neil Anderson is a fine painter and was a long-time professor of painting here. Through their generous gift of Anderson's painting, Sandy and [former president and professor of biology] Gary Sojka continue their support of the arts, athletics and undergraduate education for Bucknell students.

"Bridgette Mayer is a Bucknell art and art history graduate success story who is making significant contributions to the art scene in Philadelphia and beyond with her contemporary art gallery. She also will meet with first-year students to discuss careers in the arts, and join my gallery and curatorial class while visiting campus," said Mills.

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Story posted Feb. 13, 2006

"The Elements: Fire" (oil on linen, 2005) by Neil Anderson

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