Current Exhibits

"Saddle Up: Art and Artifacts of the Old West"


Capture the spirit of the historic “American West” with paintings, photography and artifacts. This is the story of the western expansion primarily during the second half of the 19th century. It's the history of the pioneers moving across the Native American lands, opening new frontiers and causing devastating changes to native life. It is also the stories cowboys: of true grit versus the romantic myth of the American Cowboy. The exhibition is a chance to step back in history, feeling life on the range and the explorations of the frontier.

Landscape paintings and photographs document the beauty of the native lands including dramatic scenes of majestic mountains and stark deserts. Artifacts serve to give a glimpse of trail life with saddles, blankets, and spurs. There are even some scenes from classic western movies like The Magnificent Seven and Tombstone.

Let the visuals be your story teller. The historic west became the home to many people with a variety of customs, beliefs and ways of living. Even though exploring new lands and setting trails for future travelers is a thing of the past, the westward expansion has given way to a timeless legacy of adventure, exploration and true grit.

Programming to accompany the exhibition includes music, storytelling, poetry:
Richard Sleigh will play guitar and sing on August 6th and Rowen Casey from Nashville will play the Fiddle on September 10th.

Windows Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Aug 4
thru
Sep 24
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"Through the Fire" by Lynn Anne Verbeck in the Community Gallery


Lynn Anne Verbeck, mother of two, received her MFA in ceramics at the State University of New York in New Paltz, NY in May 2011. She is highly qualified in all technical aspects of pottery making. She teaches everything from hand-building to mold-making and slip-casting. She has extensive wood firing as well as electric, gas and soda-firing experience. Lynn Anne was born and raised in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. Growing up in this rural area gave her a close connection with the rhythms of nature; an earthy sensibility can be seen in her work as an artist. After completing her undergraduate work at Penn State University, she moved to NYC and opened a studio where she lived, taught and sold her work for 17 years. After graduate school, Verbeck has come full circle setting up her studio and living in Philipsburg where she is a studio potter and teacher. Her work has been in numerous National and International Ceramics Exhibitions.

Her website is www.lavaclayceramics.vpweb.com

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Aug 4
thru
Aug 27
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Dave Hammaker in the Photography Gallery


Artist Statement/Bio: Please enjoy my photographs of the American Southwest. My photographic subjects have ranged from the wilds of Patagonia to the baron tundra of the Arctic to the lush forests of Pennsylvania and to the ancient civilizations of China. However, my favorite subject has always been the amazing landscapes of the American Southwest. The southwest USA provides an almost unlimited visual kaleidoscope of colors, shapes and textures. My photographic goal is to share this amazing beauty with others. I hope that each of you viewing this exhibit will see that these landscapes are irreplaceable and that we must all do our best to protect these precious lands. Many of these locations are under attack by political and corporate interests. Those of us that love and enjoy these landscapes must insure that the highest level of protection is accorded all of these public treasures so that future generations can see and experience the same awe and amazement that we do today

I have been creating images of our natural world for over 40 years. I attended the Professional Photography Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology and was graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Finance. I have shared my photographs in numerous solo exhibitions and have had my work selected for many local, state, regional and national juried shows. During these juried shows I have been honored with over a dozen Best of Show/First Place Awards. In 2007 I was selected as one of the North Rim Grand Canyon Artists in residence. One of my photographs from this experience hangs in the permanent collection of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum. My work has also been published in numerous publications including Pennsylvania Magazine and the National Parks Magazine.

The photographs in this exhibit were created using both film and digital cameras. All prints have been made using archival pigment ink on 100% cotton rag paper. Longevity for properly displayed and stored prints is well over 100 years. 10% of the proceeds from my sales at this exhibit will be donated to non profit organizations dedicated to protecting our public lands.

Photography Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Aug 4
thru
Aug 27
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