By Rich Howells, Weekender Staff Writer
This will mark the sixth year for the International Student Project, which features work from children in Nepal, Rwanda, Jamaica, the Philippines, and Haiti, and the first year for the People’s Exhibit, opening the entries to the public. Not just limited to paper, some of the pieces are constructed from marble, clay, wood, chocolate, and even baked in bread.
“They’re exquisite little hexagons. They’re just beautifully painted. You can tell these kids are having art instruction. They’re blossoming through this, too,” Burkhauser said of the art by Rwandan orphans.
Much of the artwork will be sold to raise money for the project and to aid children worldwide. The opening at the Library Express will serve as the “kickoff” to Interdependence Day events in Scranton throughout the month, which are listed at interdependencedaynepa.org.
“When Beth approached me and we discussed the social significance of Interdependence Day, I immediately thought that the library would be the perfect partner for the art aspect of it,” Library Express Manager Andrea McGuigan commented. “I love the visual representation of the hexagons inter-connecting right here in Scranton after being created all across the globe.”
The opening, held from 6-9 p.m., will also have food, awards for exceptional entries, and a special “Interdependence Theremin Experiment” with thereminist Jason Smeltzer and flutist Julian Sparacino.
“Musically, I am very elastic. I always try to find what I call ‘the least common denominator’ between music and venue,” Smeltzer added. “I called Julian Sparacino, who plays the flute, soprano sax, and has done some spoken word. I will try to tie the library to the hexagon to the music.”