Wayne Bertola's "Silent Elegies" Opens At Coker College's Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery

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Hartsville, S.C. – September 19, 2016 – Coker College’s Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery presents an exhibition by Wayne Bertola titled, “Silent Elegies,” with a reception, which is free and open to the public. The exhibition begins on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Bertola’s show will continue through October 12, 2016.

Wayne Bertola is a self-taught artist from Chicago, Illinois. He creates a unique symbolism by forming composite pieces to include found objects and vintage images. “If the work in question has any meaning in the accepted sense it is in its ability to combine found objects and images  the discarded debris of the once-functional and the most humble of materials  in such a manner as to demonstrate their capacity for transformation into objects that by the response they generate [and] engage the viewer in a creative dialogue of association, allusion, and reverie,” says Bertola.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Tuesday and Thursday, while classes are in session. The gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the campus of Coker College, Hartsville, S.C. Parking for the art building is directly across from 306 E. Home Ave. For more information, contact exhibition director Ashley Gillespie at 843-383-8156 or For more information on the gallery, go to:

Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.