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October 22, 2001

All's well in love and art at CSUS exhibition

Displayed art from the Mr. and Mrs. exhibitWhat 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 couple's work.

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 Auditorium.

For details call (916) 278-6166. Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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