FARMINGTON — The UMF Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for its exhibit of photogravure and carbon prints by artist Jean M. Sanders on Thursday, March 3.

The collection is largely based on Sanders’ new photographic suite, “Ivan the Boneless,” richly detailed images documenting the life of her dog, Ivan. These works employ antique photographic techniques that impart a strange, dream-like quality to the images. Movement and energy seem to be frozen in time, while the animals appear to be suspended in a glowing atmosphere that shifts from beauty to menace in the blink of an eye.

Sanders’ images revel in the mystery and strangeness of animals.

The conceptual and philosophical foundation of her work is based on her years of experience as an Iyengar yoga practitioner and her belief in Tibetan Buddhism, disciplines that prepare a person to exist purely in the moment.

Sanders has had several solo exhibitions in the United States and has participated in many juried printmaking exhibitions worldwide. She attended Southern Illinois University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in printmaking in 1987. She earned a master’s degree in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990. She is an associate professor of art at Pennsylvania State University.

The reception will run from 5 to 7 p.m. The art show will run from March 3-27.

The UMF Art Gallery is at 246 Main St. It is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and by appointment. For more information, call 778-7002 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

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