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Search for Enlightenment

Parents often influence their children through their occupations, pastimes, and interests. So it was in the life of artist Shaina Aiyana Dunn. She grew up under the guidance of “two creative parents.” Her father was a carpenter and her mother did everything from beadwork to basket weaving to quilting. Handmade pottery was used in the household. She developed “a love of the touch, the smell, the process, and the history of clay.” During her years of study at SUNY New Paltz, she obtained three art degrees, one of which is a BFA in Ceramics.

A solo exhibit of her ceramics is entitled Search for Enlightenment as it demonstrates her creativity through her works which she skillfully makes both functional and sculptural. Dunn’s artworks are on exhibit in five glass vitrine cases of various sizes in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall March 28 through May 30, 2018. The area in which the vitrine cases are situated has a wall of glass, thereby affording natural light and multi-directional viewing of the pieces. This exhibit continues the Artist of Excellence series, initiated to spotlight highly talented regional artists.

“I like to arrange things so that they take on a new life and/or meaning when placed next to each other, but still stand alone as individual and subtly unique forms,” she states. The works are grouped to complement rather than to compete with each other, and therefore, the show is appealing to view as well as enjoyable because the beautiful quality of each piece.

A dual reception on Saturday, April 7 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. is scheduled for this exhibit along with the exhibit in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Botanical Portraits. Come meet the artists and listen to music provided by pianist Geoff Hamburg. The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public.

In addition to her BFA, Dunn holds a BS in Art Education and an MA in Studio Art from SUNY New Paltz. In 2017, she was honored with NYSATA region 7 Art Educator of the Year in secondary (grades 9 through 12) division. She teaches art at Clarkstown High School North, New City, and yoga at Vastu Health Center, Warwick.

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage entered at 73 First St. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs