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Cummings Gallery shows works from Mary Gamble Collection

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Oh Mercy! Selected works from the Mary M. Gamble Permanent Art Collection of Mercyhurst University will be on display in the university’s Cummings Gallery June 26 through Aug. 14.

During Thomas J. Gamble’s tenure as Mercyhurst’s 11th president, his wife, Mary, curated annual Friends of Mercyhurst Art Shows on campus. These eclectic exhibits featured works by artists with varied connections to Mercyhurst, including faculty, students, alumni and longtime supporters. Many of the artists donated their works to Mercyhurst, establishing a permanent collection that has grown to more than 600 pieces valued at more than $1 million. The art is displayed in public areas throughout campus where students, employees and visitors can enjoy it year-round.

On the occasion of President Gamble’s retirement, Mercyhurst’s Board of Trustees named the collection in Mrs. Gamble’s honor. She has selected 82 works from the collection to be included in this special summer exhibit.

The exhibition showcases recent additions in a variety of media, including works in ceramic by Tom Hubert, Dan Byler and David Schroeck; mixed media works by Daniel Burke, Ron Bayuzick and Evan Everhart; photography by Gary Cardot, Denise Keim and Dorothy Kloss; and paintings by Dr. Geoffrey Dunn, Joyce Perowicz and Stephanie Wood. Mrs. Gamble also included sculptures by David Seitzinger, soft sculpture by Allison Marano, and fiber art by Deborah Sementelli.

Also on view are works from renowned artists Brother Thomas Bezanson, Wendell Castle and Niles Spencer.

“I’m very grateful to the board for this honor,” Mary Gamble said of the naming of the art collection. “The Friends of Mercyhurst Art Show has certainly been a ‘labor of love’ for me. I want to thank all those artists who have shared their talent and creativity with Mercyhurst and, through Mercyhurst, with the Erie community.”

The new look of Cummings Gallery is made possible by a generous donation from Braendel Painting & Services Inc.

Cummings Gallery, located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, will be open during the summer weekdays only from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Heather Dana at 814-824-2092.

Image: Jonilee Monola Hlusko, Janel Portratz Levin, Jay Scalise and Deborah Sementelli
Oh Mercy!
Mixed media
6’ x 4’