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Guiding Light exhibit is all about optics

From Misericordia University (wow, what a terrible name; “Miserychord-ia” sounds like a band that specializes in sad music. I realize I’m probably butchering the name, but it’s funnier my way. Anyway, on to the story):

The new Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University is holding its grand opening exhibit, “Guiding Light,’’ featuring a stellar exhibition of large and extraordinary pieces by legendary artist Christopher Ries. The much-anticipated installation will run from Aug. 22 through Oct. 25.

“Glass is the essential material which gathers, focuses, reflects, refracts, amplifies, filters and transmits light,’’ Ries said, describing his sculptures that are on display around the world in art galleries, museums and in private, public and corporate collections. “I use these special light-altering abilities to create a kind of optical poetry.

“We are living in the age of photonics, where heretofore, theoretical knowledge of electromagnetic radiation (light) is now being transformed into practical life changing applications. My work is a tangible symbol of this time,’’ he added.

Unlike many artists who work with glass, Ries is not limited by size. The size of his sculptures does not affect the quality, but it does heighten the impact of the quality. The larger the piece, the greater the impact it has on its setting, according to the artist. His pieces transcend his limitless, creative talents and vision. Similar artists’ pieces are rarely larger than 10 inches in any direction, but Ries oftentimes sculpts contemporary works that are two feet or more in one direction, like his “Moonstone,’’ “Opposing Views,’’ “Clear Flame,’’ “Copper Cove,’’ “Victory,’’ “Motion,’’ and “Chevron 1” sculptures.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.