Artist Statement: My paintings are process driven works created on various surfaces, masonite, plexiglass, aluminum, or heavy raw duck canvas using acrylic, latex and oil paints. My methodology involves readying myself by means of Transcendental Meditation (relaxing and clearing the mind of preconceived images), and then executing a random mark, stroke, swath or pool of paint, and then each subsequent stroke is suggested from the previous. The concept is to get the painting to paint itself.
The process and the resulting image then, is what the painting is about. I consciously try not to impose myself on the painting, yet become part of the natural random progression of the art. The images are mostly unconscious or intuitive and are intentionally non-representational. The balances and interactions of the color, shapes and line are what interest me, and the semi-attempted control over the random factors of the painting techniques.
Biography: Kenneth Cotlar, originally from in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; earned a BFA from Penn State University in 1969. He worked as a graphic design artist in Philadelphia for several years before moving to Cambria County to partner with his wife in business. He freelanced graphic design projects for various regional businesses as well as visual merchandising and advertising art. For three decades he painted sporadically, selling his works selectively. Retiring from business in early 2001, he returned to full time painting after graduate work at Indiana University of PA. His award-winning paintings have been exhibited in numerous juried shows, one man exhibits, art festivals and are held in private collections throughout the United States.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Jan 5 thru Jan 28
"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
Artworks by William (Billy) Mills, Special Talents & Special Needs
The exhibition is a large collection of paintings by self taught artist, Billy Mills, who lived from 1918 to 2002. Mills lived in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, during his life. He was a well known local hero who lived with severe difficulties. He could not hear nor speak. However, his art works were compelling, demonstrating talent and skills in creating works representing family and community and landmarks of the area. Mills story is an inspirational and amazing story of how desire and talent supersedes difficulties. His talents helped him enable others to see the world more clearly. The story is a tribute to the human spirit and to the idea that humans have many gifts, and some are not even realized.
Mills art style varies from photorealistic to impressionistic works. The exhibition will feature works from several periods of his life and interests. He sold his works at local galleries especially the Adam and Art Gallery in Bellefonte; now closed. He lived at, and worked in the laundry room of, Centre Crest and his story is one of love found when he met Sara C Lee, whom he married and they lived together until her death in 1986.
The exhibition at the Bellefonte Art Museum will be curated by guest curators and art collectors, Doctors Gay and James Dunne. The Dunne's were friends and supporters of Mills. They featured and sold his artworks in their gallery.
This is a rare opportunity to learn about a popular artist with special needs and members of our community whose lives he affected.
Windows Gallery - 1st Floor
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. OR By Appointment