Past Exhibits

Tana Reiff in the Print Gallery

Bio: Tana Reiff worked as a teacher of adult literacy and English, communications specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and instructor of linguistics at Millersville University. She is the author of fiction and folktales at an easy reading level. After studying photography and darkroom in the 1970s, she returned to art photography many years later. An obsession with signs that tell the story of a culture became a book, Signs of Lancaster County: A Photographic Tour of Amish Country (Schiffer Publishing), which led to a deeper dive into rural scenes, abstract nature, and wildflower macros. Her work is shown regularly at CityFolk Gallery in Lancaster and won Second Prize in the 2017 Discover Lancaster Photography Contest. Her Instagram account, @tana_reiff, is a busy place. She holds degrees from Kutztown University and Temple University and lives in Lancaster.

Artist statement: Having worked with language for many years, my mind has taken an exhilarating turn to the visual. On photo outings, I compose images with whatever catches the light and my eye. I like to think I’m making pictures that no one else has seen in quite the same way. This show represents a variety of my favorite recent photographs on paper and canvas.

Print Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Mar 2
May 27

Kitty Savel in the Jewelry Gallery

Artist statement: Crocheting with Wire and Beads has provided an awesome artistic journey for me. I took a Crochet with Wire and Beads class four years ago at the annual Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. Well, the process captured my imagination. Since then, I have used the technique to design my own necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

I love recycling semi-precious stone beads and vintage beads from necklaces I find at thrift stores, flea markets and consignment shops. I use these found treasures in my pieces. I also incorporate pendants in my necklaces that I enhance with wire weaving.

These days, when I am not teaching clinicians how to use software, I spend a lot of my free time creating and designing. Now, I teach Crochet with Wire and Beads at several Pittsburgh venues including the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, the Society for Contemporary Craft and the East Suburban Art League. When I teach I encourage my students to use their imagination and come up with their own color schemes. The results are incredible."

Jewelry Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
May 4
May 27

Susan Parsonage in the Community Gallery

Bio: Susan Parsonage was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After her marriage to William, they moved to State College, PA, where they raised their three children. While her children were growing up, Susan earned an LAS degree, with highest distinction and a BA in Art, with highest distinction, and then an MFA in printmaking from Penn State University, University Park, PA. After graduation, Susan taught art courses at Penn State, for 12 years through the Visual Arts Department and Continuing and Distance Education. She also taught courses in numerous workshop settings.

In 1988, Susan was a Visiting Professor of Art at the Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, where she helped with the design and creation of a print program in the School of Art and Architecture. She was also asked to deliver several public lectures on Contemporary Art and teach a printmaking class.

Susan was selected to be on the PA Council on the Arts roster of artists, in 1989, to do residencies and workshops in regional school settings. In 2005 she received a Fellowship Award from the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. Susan continues to do post-graduate work in printmaking at Penn State University and exhibits her work regionally.

Statement: For me, there is a distinction between what is merely seen and that which is felt and tacitly understood. Even though we try, we can never convey everything we intend with words. There is so much misunderstanding in the world.
I intend to develop visual equivalents to express perceptions and memories of my life experiences, with a concern for the underlying forces and elements that tie me to the natural world. Marks made by the artist’s hand impart intended and unintended elements of thought (language, memory and ideas) in their every motion, I believe.
We can catch glimpses of the truth through our imagination. The truths we glimpse are not about the world; if they can be said to be about anything, it must be about ourselves, the observers.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Mar 30
Apr 29