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Light House Premieres "Video Diary 2000," June 18 at the Bayly Art Museum

June 16, 2000 -- As part of the Bayly Art Museum's special exhibition Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium, Light House will premiere its most recent project, "Video Diary 2000." "Video Diary 2000" is a media presentation prepared by six local high school students as part of the Light House program. Over a period of two months, participants Zack Armstrong, Clare Casey, Grier Dill, Nathan Gay, Caroline Horan, all 16, and Emily Gray, 17, documented themselves, their friends, fantasies, families, schools, sexuality, boredom, bedrooms and obsessions. The resulting project will be shown on Sunday, June 18, at 3 p.m. at the Bayly Art Museum, with a reception immediately following.

Light House is a non-profit, media access center offering instruction and equipment to teenagers who are interested in expressing their creative ideas through movie-making. The students learn to work with digital video cameras and desktop computer editing systems. The programs and scholarships at Light House are provided through private donations and the work of volunteer mentors. Founded in 1999 by local artists Thadd McQuade, Catherine Dee, Shannon Worrell Chapman, and Paul Wagner, the program has received a small grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, media attention in 64 Magazine, and debuted other projects at the 1999 Virginia Film Festival. Dee and Worrell Chapman edited the final version of the current video diary.

Also opening the same weekend are other pieces in the "Hindsight/Fore-site" exhibition. Guest curated by Dr. Lyn Bolen Rushton, art historian and owner of Les Yeux du Monde gallery in Charlottesville, the exhibition presents site-specific works in public and private locations throughout Charlottesville, Albemarle and Orange Counties, that respond to our areašs rich legacy of American history and particularly Thomas Jeffersonšs influence.

Featured in the exhibition are nationally acclaimed and emerging artists, including Ann Hamilton, Dennis Oppenheim, Agnes Denes, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Lucio Pozzi, William Bennett, Rosemarie Fiore, Daniel Reeves, and Tim Curtis. Also participating are approximately ten local artists, including Susan Bacik, Barbara MacCallum, Susan Crowder, Dan Mahon, Beatrix Ost, and Todd Murphy. Many works will remain on view through the fall. Sites include the Grounds and Bayly Art Museum at the University of Virginia, the Downtown Mall, Second Street Gallery, the Coal Tower, the Virginia Discovery Museum, St. Anne's-Belfield School, Edgehill Farm, city and county parks, and three major historic sites ­ Ash Lawn-Highland, Montpelier, and the Visitoršs Center at Monticello.

Applications for the Light House program are available through local high schools and from Light House: c/o [e]morphic, 100 South Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Call or e-mail for more information.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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