Past Exhibits

Virginia Belser in the Sieg Gallery

Artist Statement

In my paintings I try to capture the essence of the atmosphere… to tell the story of the prevailing mood of the place I’m painting. And, depending upon the conditions such as light, clouds, wind, time of year, and time of day, the same location can be painted many, many times with very different results.

In my work I see two main challenges:

The first is for me to figuratively step out of the way and let the painting emerge. I’ve found that when I approach a painting with a pre-conceived notion of what the final product will look like, all I get is frustrated. It’s as though the painting simply needs to be released and the process will occur much more naturally without my intellectual interference. I often find a few hours later that I’ve entered a zone, a mental space of true engagement when most outside awareness falls away.

The other challenge with painting landscapes is that of trying to describe a vast amount of space and depth in the confines of a relatively small two-dimensional space. This irony has engaged me since my college days. How is it possible for a very physically small amount of paint or pastel to convey to the viewer a sense of distance and space?

In my mind, a successful landscape painting effectively merges the description of space while simultaneously conveying the emotions and atmosphere of the location at that moment. I hope the viewers appreciate my attempts to negotiate this intersection.

Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Sep 1
Sep 24

Robert Johnson & Cinda Kostyak in the Tea Room Gallery

Robert A. Johnson Artist Statement: Bob Johnson is a graduate of Aero Space Engineering and Naval Architecture. He has been intrigued by watercolors and the artists that paint them from an early age and took his first watercolor course in 1986 after returning to Penn State as a Program Manager at the Applied Research Lab. His return to State College provided opportunities to attend artist’s retreats at Hameau Farm in Reedsville in the 90s where he met James Farrah who inspired Bob in his pursuit of the watercolor medium. However, travel and work commitments left Bob with little time to pursue his art.

Upon his retirement from the University in 2002, Bob began dedicating more time to painting, taking Ollie courses under the leadership of Jim Cartey and increasing his interest in that medium. A few years ago, national watercolorist and instructor, Jim Farrah moved from his home in Arizona and returned to Central Pennsylvania. Since that time, Jim has become Bob’s teacher and mentor, as well as a good friend. Bob has been pleased with his continuous improvement while working with Jim.

Sixteen years in Ship Design with the U.S. Navy and his interest in all things nautical are often reflected in Bob’s paintings of ships, boats, and seascapes. Bob’s mission work with his wife Bonnie (travelling to Nicaragua 11 times over a 13 year period) resulted in a love for the country and its people that also appear in Bob’s paintings.
Bob is a member of the Artist Registry at the Bellefonte Art Museum and continually strives to become more proficient in his watercolor painting.

Cinda Kostyak Biography: I am a Penn State alumna with a B. A. in Art (oil painting focus), B. S. in Art Education, and a Masters in Counselor Education. I retired from Penn State University after 24 years and now enjoy a retirement filled with painting, travel, and grandchildren. I particularly enjoy following the fisherman in my life and painting en plein air be it along the bank of a trout stream, standing on a dock on a Canadian lake, or painting in a motor boat or kayak.

I am a member of the Bellefonte Art Museum, State College Art Alliance and Downtown Gallery, Carlisle Artist Learning Center, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and the Farmland Preservation Artists. My media of choice include oil, pastel, and watercolor.

Tea Room Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Sep 1
Sep 24
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"Live in Full Bloom" by Lori Fisher in the Community Gallery

Live in Full Bloom

Artist Statement: I love surrounding myself with color, patterns and textures. This love of vibrant color and style is usually present in my painting as well. When given this opportunity to exhibit, I knew I wanted to create a show full of color and life. What better way to do this than with flowers. Having completed the first few paintings, I discovered I was only choosing flowers that were fully blossomed and realized that this was a reflection of my life. I believe there are two types of people in this world, those who are living and those who are existing. Many people pass each day with the same routine, void of any expectation, desire or initiative merely doing what is required of them, only to get up the next day and do it all again - they exist. Others live each day to the fullest, making the most of every opportunity to create new challenges and adventures, they find pleasure in the small things and welcome a change in routine - they live.

Although some days may get crazy and a bit overwhelming, I always choose to look up, feel the sun on my face, and Live in Full Bloom.

Bio: Lori is currently the Gallery Manager for the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County where she curates several galleries and manages the daily museum operations. She enjoys working with and promoting local artists in her community. Lori has shown her work in several exhibitions in the Bellefonte and State College area including the Bellefonte Art Museum, the Gamble Mill Gallery, Watermarke Community Art Show, the Schlow Library Juried Exhibition and the State College Framing Company and Gallery. Lori has completed several commissioned pieces of fine art and commercial signage.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Jun 2
Jun 25