This work and “Corn-Chips” were inspired by farming, according to Friedly. He was inspired by his heritage and the local area. His father came from a farming village in Switzerland.
“The farming makes me feel at home,” an anonymous visitor wrote in the guest book by the entrance to the gallery.
“Water Work – Columbia” is made of a fire hydrant, pipe, monitor, video and sound. The video shows the hydrant’s source of water. For Friedly, this work reflects his belief that clean water is the most important resource and his concern about the Chesapeake and Delaware Watersheds.
Two drawings by adjunct faculty in the FAPA department Jeff Geib are on display: “Veracity” and “Blake: Sanguine and Melancholic.” The latter is a pair drawn in sequence, based on a life cast of the poet William Blake.
Assistant professor of communications Katherine Hughes has two photo collages in the exhibit: “Glimpses of England I” and “Glimpses of Ireland I.” She has been interested in photography since she first developed and printed black and white photos in a makeshift darkroom using her grandfather’s equipment.
Associate professor of history of art and director of the fine arts division Patricia Likos Ricci’s “Street of the Lost” is also on display. It is a pen and ink drawing meant to represent young people dying from addiction, gun violence and homelessness.
Ricci was inspired by her work with drug addicts in Philadelphia and the current epidemic of heroin overdoses in Etown.
“The work is complete only with an audience to interpret and experience. It is relived through your personal vision,” Friedly said.