Dotty Ford and Mary Vollero in the Gallery at Cool Beans
The museum has gallery space in the popular coffee shop Cool Beans Coffee and Tea located at 141 West High Street in downtown Bellefonte.
Dotty Ford Artist Statement: After retiring as an art teacher from the State College Area School District in 2005, I began to pursue various art media as the artist, rather than the teacher. My interests are mainly in watercolor, collage, assemblage, drawing and needle felting. In addition to art making, I also enjoy learning about and sharing the works of fine artists as a docent at the Palmer Museum of Art. For the last three years, I have acted as curator for the Bellefonte Art Museum’s Holiday Show and Sale.
This exhibit of my recent watercolor paintings deals mainly with realistic still life subject matter. I work very deliberately, and I consciously use traditional washes and layering techniques. I also like to experiment with a variety of techniques like using salt, adding details with micro pens, etc. Still life artists whom I admire include Claudio Bravo, Henri Matisse and Paul Cezanne.
Mary Vollero Artist Statement: While I am in the process of painting, memories and stories begin to surface. It is during this time, while I am working, that I discover why I was compelled to paint the image, and what is most important for me to share with others. In this way the paintings provide an opportunity for me to communicate with others, not only about the cats, but also about some of the joys and struggles in our seen and unseen worlds.Monday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.