Past Exhibits

Joan Koester in the Community Gallery


Biography: Joan Koester is a lifelong Pennsylvania resident, growing up in Pittsburgh, with a few well-appreciated early years in Potter County.

Joan received a BFA (with sculpture option) from Penn State University in 1977. After graduation, her focus turned more toward painting and she began a decades-long exploration, mostly private and largely self-taught.

Joan was employed at the Centre Daily Times for 24 years, where she and desktop publishing grew up together. No doubt, graphic design, sculpture, and the constraints of weekend painting all influenced a quick style, with large, flat forms balanced within the space of the canvas.

Since “graduating” from her newspaper career, Joan has exhibited at the
Art Alliance of Central Pa., Bellefonte Museum of Art and the Images Show of CPFA. Her work is in numerous private collections.

Artist Statement: I have a love of simple forms, flat spaces and descriptive lines. I seldom look at nature to paint, but draw from my mind’s eye. My subjects are usually women, couples, and the natural world of Pennsylvania.

My paintings express consciousness…my sense of being alive and how that feels.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Feb 3
thru
Feb 26
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Lisa Beightol in the Photography Gallery


Photography Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Feb 3
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Feb 26
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Paulette Berner in the Sieg Gallery


Artist Statement: My passion for painting began after my husband and I retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2003. I had never painted before and wanted to try as many media as I could. I loved them all: watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel.

One Christmas, I received an iPad and that opened a new world of painting--digital. All I needed was my stylus and my iPad and I could be spontaneous and create the images in my mind immediately. I could capture an imaginative floral scene before it was gone.
The spontaneity of digital painting has influenced the painting I do in other media. It has given me a free and loose perspective in my brush strokes and has taken away the fear of failure. It has strengthened the imaginative process of allowing the canvas and paint to speak for itself. A flower, a still life and a landscape suddenly become what my imagination dictates. I never know what it will be until I am finished. Most of the time I am surprised by the result. It has become a wonderful journey and a never-ending adventure.

Bio: Paulette L. Berner lives in Benner Township and is a docent at the Bellefonte Art Museum. She is a native of West Hazleton. She has a BS degree in Family Studies and an M.Ed degree in Counselor Education. Both from Penn State. Before retiring she was an academic adviser at Penn State.

Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Feb 3
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Feb 26
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