Sculptures, Fibers and Extended Media Club present '700'

Category:  The Arts
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 8:43 AM
Sculptures, Fibers and Extended Media Club present '700' by Britton Rozzelle

Within Suite 700 of Lakeside Commons a gallery of unique materials, ideas and installations has been brewing, all due to the work of Edinboro’s own Sculptures, Fibers and Extended Media Club (SFEM).

Displaying a variety of media, from sculptures, to wall pieces, projectors and more, the Sculpture, Fibers and Extended Media Club (or SFEM) is presenting “700,” an exhibition set to capture and share the works of members, local artists and students.

According to Facebook, the goal of the event is to “help emerging artists build relationships, network and create exposure within the Edinboro area, integrating art students with their community and vise versa.”

It continued, “We dream about improving the standard of work produced in the Erie area while bringing the community together for a positive event. Bringing opportunities for artists to participate and get involved within the community. Hopefully building up the arts in Edinboro and Erie as a whole.”

“It has been a lengthy process,” said president of SFEM Bradley Weyandt. “We conceived this idea last semester and began calling, emailing, and ‘Facebooking’ various spaces in Edinboro and Erie.”

Despite a cause, works of art and interested parties, the group struggled with finding a gallery space in the area.

“Not many locations were interested in catering to a short term lease,” he said. “We had a stroke of luck when SFEM officer, Broderick McGarvey, met with Peter Mitchell of Lakeside Commons who has allowed us to use the space.”

Now, within Suite 700, a process of curation, decoration, sculpture placing, label making and projector-placing has to begin before the April 30th exhibition, which has taken a group of dedicated people to get started.

“We drafted statements of purpose, secured event insurance and proposed contracts,” Weyandt said. “Senior illustrator and sculptor, Jamie Smittle, handled our social media presence by creating our Facebook and event and promoting it endlessly. Printmaking grad, Henry Gepfer, lent a hand in screen-printing posters to canvas the campus with.”

While this certainly isn’t the first exhibition curated by SFEM, with similar events having taken place previously around campus in the Bates Gallery and as far away as the McKelvey Gallery in Youngstown, “700” has been a unique process for the group, according to Weyandt.

“We secured a raw space, typically used for retail businesses that has not hosted an event such as an art exhibition before,” Weyandt explained. “It additionally stands apart in the amount of space we are working with (4,000 square feet) and that we have opened the call to students of all disciplines.”

For interested artists, the application process is open until April 29, with more information available on the event’s Facebook page. “700” is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., and will be open until 9 p.m. April 30.

Britton Rozzelle is The Arts Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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