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October 14, 2004

Alumni Exhibition Boasts Top Artists, Celebrates With Reception
Diversity, body fluids pervade between the Avram Gallery walls

Amber Bryant (

Southampton, NY – Southampton College alumni are sharing their blood, sweat and acrylic with the public during the Robert Munford Alumni Exhibition, stationed at the Avram Gallery until Oct. 31.

The exhibition features the work of artists who graduated from Southampton College and have gone on to be successful in the art world. Michael Rosch (’80) is displaying his sculpture “Requiem For a Dilemma,” which he created using plasticine, a book, a box and blood.

Rosch, a part-time faculty member at Southampton College, wouldn’t say whose blood he used.

“It’s circular,” he said. “He’s a broken man reflecting on better times.”

Goldsmith Eleni Prieston Syrianos (’77) used sterling silver to design her exhibition piece, “Psychi and Eros.” Since 1986, Syrianos has owned Byzantine Gold studio in Sag Harbor.

Darlene Charneco (’93) formed “Virtual Tourist” using nails, resin, flocking and acrylic on wood. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries, including the Smithtown Arts Council, where she earned first place in the National Juried Competition.

Other artists include Patricia Bennett (’99), who painted “Garth Mother” using acrylic, and graphic artist Daniel Connor (’78), the creator of “Floored.”

A wine and cheese reception will take place Friday, Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m. in honor of the artists and their work. Artists will be on hand for questions and discussion.

The gallery is open daily from noon until 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call (631) 287-8234.

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