Amish and Mennonite photo essay on display

For Immediate Release: Oct. 21, 2013

Gary F. Clark

BLOOMSBURG — The photo essay “Plain: Old Order Amish and Mennonites of the Central Susquehanna River Valley” will be on display in Bloomsburg University’s Kehr Union, Multicultural Center, from Nov. 1 to 30. This photo essay by Gary F. Clark, BU professor emeritus of art, contains 70 images of the Old Order Amish and Mennonites in everyday life.

Opening receptions and talks by Clark will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be open during regular building hours, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

“I have always felt an urge to understand other people and to see life from their various perspectives. This is the basis of my art,” said Clark. “Seeking to understand those that appear to be furthest from me — those who live in worlds far from mine, worlds where different norms and rules prevail — informs and inspires my photographic art.”

Donations collected at this show will benefit the Clinic for Special Children, located in Strasburg, Lancaster County. The clinic provides comprehensive local medical care, integrating science and clinical medicine, and shares knowledge to improve the health of children who suffer from genetic disorders. A special presentation by the clinic will be featured during the evening opening reception.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.