BETHANY, W.Va. – Herb Weaver, the Jennie Steindorf Renner Professor of Fine Arts at Bethany College, recently returned from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., where he was a workshop facilitator at the Seventh Annual "Common Dialogue Day." Weaver's session was titled, "Art Weapons of Mass Reconstruction."
A different theme is selected each year for the one-day event. Weaver's session involved the creation of artwork constructed from plastic containers and discarded trophies.
"Since this year's theme was "Community," I wanted to find a way to enhance awareness of the inequities in the broader global community," Weaver said. "The plastic components represent those among us who are less fortunate and the trophies are symbolic of wealth."
Weaver and Bethany College Psychology Professor, Dr. John Hull, have orchestrated similar projects in a team-taught course at Bethany titled, "The Art and Science of Peace," a course offered every year since the tragic events of September 11.
"We are both genuinely interested in the search for peaceful solutions to many applications in life," Hull said.
In March of 2005, Weaver and Hull were honored by the World Council of Churches and received the, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers Award."
The workshop event in Michigan marks the beginning of a long-term class endeavor in which "quilt patterns" are being solicited in an effort to create an over-sized quilt made of cut-up plastic containers and disassembled trophies. Weaver returned with thirty "quilt patches" that were created by over sixty Siena Heights University students.
"It's amazing how much interest was generated through this idea," Weaver said. "I hope the sense of community pervades our inner consciousness as well."