“New Work” exhibit opens at Harry M. Drake Gallery

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Nina Zietlow

"New Work" features pottery by ceramics teacher, Daryn Lowman, and photos by Paul Benson, a middle school art teacher.

The latest installation in St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s Harry M. Drake Gallery features a sublime combination of vibrant surreal photography and raw earthy ceramics. The exhibit, which will be open from Jan. 30 to Mar.13, features the work of two SPA faculty members: Middle School art teacher Paul Benson and Upper School ceramics teacher Daryn Lowman. Benson’s photography depicts colorful urban scenes that are dreamlike in contrast to Lowmans coarse sculptures. As Lowman writes in his artist statement “Clay is a responsive material…every time you touch clay, it changes.”

Besides the beauty of the art itself, the gallery represents the delicate craft of collaboration between the two members of the SPA community.

“The art really does of a good job of expressing SPA as a community,” junior Sabrina Brown said. “It shows the range of ideas and creativity.”