October 22, 2001
All's well in love and art at CSUS exhibition
does it take to keep creativity and marriage alive? While
there's no proven formula, however several successful Sacramento
artistic couples will offer some advice at panel discussion
as part of the Else Gallery's "Mr. & Mrs." exhibit,
Oct. 22 - Dec. 7.
The exhibit features the work of Susan Adan and Michael Stevens,
who have been married 31 years. Her paintings, his sculptures
and their mixed-media collaborations create an edgy, ambitious
exhibit and proves that art is not, after all, incompatible
with domestic life.
The couple's work has much in common, yet remains independent.
Most obvious in their work is an affectionate sassy little-kid
humor that conceals and then reveals dark grownup meanings.
Both Adan and Stevens are storyteller artists and both overlook
the border between art and craft. The exhibit literally brings
the heart of their home into the gallery because the art pieces
are surrounded by a collection of childhood memorabilia -
puppets, masks, fake noses, lunch pails - that inspired the
The Robert Else Gallery is open from noon - 4:30 p.m., Monday
- Friday. A reception for Adan and Stevens is from 5 - 6:
30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the gallery, and the artists
will give a lecture at 7 p.m. that evening in Mendocino 1003.
In conjunction with the exhibit is a panel discussion, "Creativity
and Marriage," which features six creative individuals
whom between them have three strong marriages - artist couples
Robert Else and Jorjana Holden, Victoria and Fred Dalkey and
the "Mr. & Mrs." artists Adan and Stevens. During
the panel, the couples will offer insights into how they have
managed to have a life devoted to their work and a long, happy
marriage. The panel is at 5 p.m., Nov. 1 in Mendocino 1005.
Another free event the CSUS art department is sponsoring is
the "Muslim Women Filmmakers Night," an evening
of contemporary international films and documentaries by Muslim
women artists. These filmmakers offer timely insights into
their shared and various attitudes and experiences. The films
and documentaries to be screened are Don't Ask Why, In
My Father's House, My Heart Is My Witness, Conversations Across
The Boundaries and My Home, My Prison. The event is from
5 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the University Union Hinde
For details call (916) 278-6166. Additional media assistance
is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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