Mary Beth Wiseman in the Sieg Gallery
Artist's Bio: Mary Beth Wiseman developed a deep rapport with the natural environment as a child growing up in the Indiana Dunes country of Lake Michigan. She spent many hours exploring the woods and wetlands with her father, determined to learn all she could about the plants and animals they encountered. Her early interest in art grew during classes at Prairie Club artist (and Save the Dunes activist), Hazel Hannell's cottage in the Dunes. Mary Beth's love of nature was channeled into recording her impressions via paint, woodblock print, and clay sculpture.
Mary Beth previously created papier mache sculptures of whimsical animals. She participated in juried art shows and exhibited in galleries across the East Coast, and taught classes in North Carolina and Central Pennsylvania.
She recently returned to art after a long hiatus, during which she attained degrees in Horticultural Science and Plant Pathology from Penn State and worked as a Plant Science specialist at her beloved Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Today, Mary Beth continues her explorations, hiking along Spring Creek near Bellefonte, capturing her observations with her camera. At home, she translates the photos into portraits by hand carving her subjects into rough wooden planks, using a variety of chisels, gouges, and planes. The bas-relief carvings are then painted with acrylics. This technique, inspired by local artist Mary Cady Rubenstein, produces a stunning dimensional effect in the final piece.
Mary Beth hopes that her works will foster a greater appreciation and awareness of the amazing creatures and environment that we all share.
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