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Alumna and Former Professor Display Art at Westminster

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Nelson Oestreich, former Westminster College art professor, and Carrie Triko-Widener, a 1986 Westminster art education graduate of Westminster, will display their work together at the Westminster College Art Gallery, Sept. 29-Oct. 24. The gallery, located in Patterson Hall, is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, noon-9 p.m.

"Oestreich's is a restless spirit," said Dr. James Perkins, professor of English and longtime friend. "Now he brings us large wood sculptures imagined out of tree trunks with a chainsaw and a chisel. These figures make us smile. That they display whimsy and playfulness as well as skill and imagination should not surprise us. Oestreich's work, whatever the decade, whatever the medium, has always been, in part, an energetic celebration of the thoroughly laughable nature of most human endeavor."

"I am painting under the name of Carita,' my Christian name," said Triko. "The reason is that under the painting of Sterling Rose' in this show is Carita" a self-portrait that I painted over 15 years ago at Westminster. I am focusing on bold color, and how the single flower works on the negative space of a background."

A Gallery Talk is scheduled for Carrie Triko-Widener Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information on the Triko exhibit, "In Bloom," contact her at For more information on the Oestreich exhibit, "Funky Art," contact Peggy Cox, director of the Westminster Gallery, at (724) 946-7266 or e-mail