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Gerri Sayler: Numinous Exhibit Opens October 2

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host Numinous, a site-specific exhibition by sculptor and mixed-media artist Gerri Sayler. The opening events will take place on Wednesday, October 2, beginning with a lecture by the artist at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be immediately followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Numinous references the artist’s emotional response to the episodic freeze-thaw cycles embedded in the Northwest’s cataclysmic geologic history:

“It is a spectacular story that prompts my reverence for this part of the world I call home, which was dramatically chiseled, gouged and sculpted by repeated glacial flooding during the most recent Ice Age,” says Sayler.

More atmosphere than sculpture, the soft-sculpted installation will comprise nearly 2,000 lengths of monofilament, hand drizzled by the artist with hot glue and suspended to create a cascading featherweight structure. Compellingly evocative of water and ice, the work’s presence will be defined by a gossamer tactility and its subtle, perpetual response to air movement.  As viewers move in, through and around the work, the membrane-like shards will seem continually in flux between thresholds of opacity and translucency.  

Gerri Sayler lives and works in Moscow, Idaho. Her exhibit record includes recent solo installations for Suyama Space, Missoula Art Museum, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Whitworth University Art Gallery and Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Boise Art Museum, Eastern Washington University Art Gallery, and Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Since receiving the Juror’s First Place Award in the 2007 Idaho Triennial, she has been honored by fellowships for artist residencies and numerous grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Idaho.

Numinous will remain on display through October 31. Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekends, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please go to www.cwu.edu/~art/spurgeon.html.

Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665, heatherh@cwu.edu. Images available upon request.