Past Exhibits

Pasquale Cortese in the Community Gallery


Artist Statement: My abstract drawings express my interest in visually warping the flat surface and creating the sensation of energy fields. Through complex patterns and intricate inking, I create images of a dual nature, both optically dynamic while stable and meditative. I want viewers to contemplate their relationship to natural forces and forms while feeling their grace and energy. I have recently been exploring color, after working in only black & white for many years.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Mar 2
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Mar 25
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Cecilia Jaswa Rusnak in the Tea Room Gallery


Artist Statement/Background:
My professional background includes education and practice in the fields of landscape architecture, history, and graphic and spatial design. I’ve taught at the University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and recently retired from teaching in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State.

I’ve always been curious about my physical surroundings, how and why those surroundings are ordered, and most importantly, how they affect me. Even as a young child, I recognized the contrast between human-ordered environments and nature-ordered ones, and realized that cared-for human places and healthy natural or in-between places made me feel good about my world. I became an explorer, seeking places that were “special.” I continue this search for places that are transcendent.

Over the years, I’ve expressed such external as well as internal explorations using a variety of techniques, but keep coming back to pencil drawing and mixed media that incorporates textiles. This work has been exhibited internationally at the Galerie Vyšehrad in Prague, and in national venues such as the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, IA; and the Textile Arts Center in Chicago. I’ve had numerous solo shows in the Midwest and eastern U. S. My work has also been juried into shows throughout the United States.

In addition to being on the Artist Register of the Bellefonte Art Museum, I’m a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh.

Tea Room Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Mar 2
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Mar 25
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Marianne Fyda in the Community Gallery


Marianne Fyda was born in Detroit, Michigan, attended Wayne State University and graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree. She taught art in public schools part time and full time for five years. She and her husband, Gene, moved to Pennsylvania, had two children, and founded an art related business. (The Peaceable Kingdom, framing/art supplies/still open). Marianne opened her own studio in 1988; (still open) Marianne Fyda’s Studio/The art Room, working on her own works, commissions, and teaching art, drawing, and pastels to adults and children. She is active in local, regional and national arts organizations.

Marianne likes to work on a variety of subject matter, often intensely studying one subject in a series of paintings.
“I end the series when I can no longer learn from it.”

The exhibit includes paintings from several series: The Elements, 101W 78th, NYC, and Inspired by Great Artists, all paintings in pastel.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Feb 2
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Feb 25
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