Current Exhibits

"Painting What We Feel: a Collection of Abstract Works of Art"


"Painting What We Feel: a Collection of Abstract Works of Art"

Artists in the show: Centre County artists include Jean Forsberg, Melinda Harr Curley, Nancy Toepfer, and Susan Graham. Other geographic regions are represented by Holly Rae Taylor of Vermont, Karin Kreuser of Bremen, Germany, and Donald Charles Karwelis of Orange County, California.

Abstract Art can be defined has art work created to achieve its effect without representing external reality but rather using shapes, textures, colors, and brush strokes to convey a message. Abstract Art is bold and energetic focusing on expressive freedom. The works can invoke a variety of reactions from viewers. Some are mesmerizing and others stimulate a thrilling experience. Works included in this show have been created on canvas, some on glass and others on paper.
"Must we not then renounce the object altogether, throw it to the winds and instead lay bare the purely abstract?", Vasily Kandinsky, 1911.

Artistic independence became a reality during the early years of the 20th century. Although some early 20th Century American and European artists like Kandinsky are credited with first presenting Abstract Art, much of the art of earlier cultures are abstract forms. Decorations on pottery, ceremonial masks, textiles, wall and rock inscriptions and paintings are simple, geometric, and bold abstract representations, which might have had symbolic purpose.

This exhibition demonstrates that abstraction occurs in a continuum; some works include geometric forms and figures while other works defy the inclusion of any recognizable form.

Windows Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Sep 29
thru
Nov 26
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ZheKa in the Community Gallery


My art name is ZheKa (a combination of Russian letters and names). My biography is that of an artist, compelled to tell a story. I have been writing, drawing, painting and carving for 28 years now, last 17 of these in Huntingdon PA. Relief painting (a combination of sculpture and fine art) is my most recent and most successful endeavor. My challenge has always been to convey complex feelings and relationships by means of a single image. Bringing an element of sculpture, relief and texture, as well as new and re-defined composition, (along with the standard fine art techniques) onto my wooden canvas helps me achieve the desired affect.

Carving is a less refined and more of an "in-the-raw" process. It requires me to channel physical energy, demands attention and control, while offering a totally new dimension and the edge of endless possibilities. What normally could not be seen, becomes quite tactile on my "canvas". I envision an art piece that opens a new dimension of perception, a world in which one could stroke the wind with fingertips, where feelings and emotions form shapes and textural flow and the darkness, as well as the light are relieved with the hidden shapes...

For me, painting is always about Discovery. A painting is a small world frozen in time--a whole lifetime expressed in one brave single moment, a life filled with light and darkness, beauty, growth, horror, feelings...all thrown in the mix with an intention to tell a story. This story is what draws some of us to a painting, saying : "Wow! I never thought about it this way!" and then, maybe some other day, you look at that same image again and discover something totally new, in the light of a totally new day!

Art for me is--Discovery. I look at some of my paintings and discover something new and unexpected almost every time, with the light of a new day--they grow with me. It is an adventure of the mind. Art is Discovery, Thought is a Journey...and you are invited to take this one, with me!

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Nov 3
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Nov 26
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"Viet Nam/Cambodia" by Lynn Estomin in the Photography Gallery


Việt Nam/Cambodia features a selection of b/w, color and hand-colored images honoring the people, culture and landscape of Southeast Asia. The images were taken on two trips: one to Vietnam and Cambodia in 2006 and one to Vietnam in 2016. The exhibit provides a glimpse of the changes in Southeast Asia over the past ten years and hopefully will encourage discussion of globalization.

Bio: Lynn Estomin is a videographer, photographer and interactive media artist who creates art that speaks to social issues. As an artist dealing with political subjects, she is interested in human stories and what they tell us about society. Her latest installation project, Shame, includes the video Fashion To Die For, photographs, sculpture, mixed media art and the website, A Stitch In Time (www.lycoming.edu/textile). Shame draws on Estomin’s own experience as a garment worker and organizer. Estomin is currently completing a feature lengh documentary on photographer Patrick Nagatani.
Estomin’s award-winning video documentaries have screened at film festivals internationally and broadcast nationally on PBS. Her web art won awards from Adobe Corporation, The Webby Awards, Canadian Web Association, Golden Globe Awards and Cool Site of the Day. Her photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Estomin's work is part of 65 public and private collections. She has received grants and fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Art Matters Inc., Cincinnati Commission on the Arts, Kodak Corporation, Ilford Corporation, Sony Corporation, SIGGRAPH, the Luce Foundation and the Women's Film Project. Lynn Estomin is a Professor of Art at Lycoming College in PA, where she teaches digital art and design.

Website: www.lynnestomin.com

Photography Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Nov 3
thru
Nov 26
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