Past Exhibits

ZheKa in the Community Gallery


My art name is ZheKa (a combination of Russian letters and names). My biography is that of an artist, compelled to tell a story. I have been writing, drawing, painting and carving for 28 years now, last 17 of these in Huntingdon PA. Relief painting (a combination of sculpture and fine art) is my most recent and most successful endeavor. My challenge has always been to convey complex feelings and relationships by means of a single image. Bringing an element of sculpture, relief and texture, as well as new and re-defined composition, (along with the standard fine art techniques) onto my wooden canvas helps me achieve the desired affect.

Carving is a less refined and more of an "in-the-raw" process. It requires me to channel physical energy, demands attention and control, while offering a totally new dimension and the edge of endless possibilities. What normally could not be seen, becomes quite tactile on my "canvas". I envision an art piece that opens a new dimension of perception, a world in which one could stroke the wind with fingertips, where feelings and emotions form shapes and textural flow and the darkness, as well as the light are relieved with the hidden shapes...

For me, painting is always about Discovery. A painting is a small world frozen in time--a whole lifetime expressed in one brave single moment, a life filled with light and darkness, beauty, growth, horror, feelings...all thrown in the mix with an intention to tell a story. This story is what draws some of us to a painting, saying : "Wow! I never thought about it this way!" and then, maybe some other day, you look at that same image again and discover something totally new, in the light of a totally new day!

Art for me is--Discovery. I look at some of my paintings and discover something new and unexpected almost every time, with the light of a new day--they grow with me. It is an adventure of the mind. Art is Discovery, Thought is a Journey...and you are invited to take this one, with me!

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Nov 3
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Nov 26
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"Painting What We Feel: a Collection of Abstract Works of Art"


"Painting What We Feel: a Collection of Abstract Works of Art"

Artists in the show: Centre County artists include Jean Forsberg, Melinda Harr Curley, Nancy Toepfer, and Susan Graham. Other geographic regions are represented by Holly Rae Taylor of Vermont, Karin Kreuser of Bremen, Germany, and Donald Charles Karwelis of Orange County, California.

Abstract Art can be defined has art work created to achieve its effect without representing external reality but rather using shapes, textures, colors, and brush strokes to convey a message. Abstract Art is bold and energetic focusing on expressive freedom. The works can invoke a variety of reactions from viewers. Some are mesmerizing and others stimulate a thrilling experience. Works included in this show have been created on canvas, some on glass and others on paper.
"Must we not then renounce the object altogether, throw it to the winds and instead lay bare the purely abstract?", Vasily Kandinsky, 1911.

Artistic independence became a reality during the early years of the 20th century. Although some early 20th Century American and European artists like Kandinsky are credited with first presenting Abstract Art, much of the art of earlier cultures are abstract forms. Decorations on pottery, ceremonial masks, textiles, wall and rock inscriptions and paintings are simple, geometric, and bold abstract representations, which might have had symbolic purpose.

This exhibition demonstrates that abstraction occurs in a continuum; some works include geometric forms and figures while other works defy the inclusion of any recognizable form.

Windows Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Sep 29
thru
Nov 26
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Francine Jones in the Sieg Gallery


Artist Statement: Have you ever really looked at the sky of the trees and fields that surround us. I never really looked either before I started painting. Now I see the beauty that's right there in front of me and it's astounding. I want to express that on paper. I love the way watercolor gives me wonderful surprises. Nature's shadows and a feeling of distance are favorites of mine.

Bio: I have been drawing since I was a teenager. Winning an art competition early on really sparked my interest. Of course, life is there to put our fun aspirations "on hold" as we work and raise our children. Upon retirement with more time to devote to art, I continued with my graphite drawing and filled many a sketchbook. Three years ago, I started taking watercolor classes at the Art Alliance in Lemont and fell in love with this medium. Classes are a wonderful way to connect with other artists as well. The sharing of our experiences, techniques and the camaraderie is wonderful. Also, those sketchbooks proved invaluable as I had a collection of value studies at my fingertips. So, all that we do along the way will eventually help with our passion. Last year I started plein air painting and this activity is so enjoyable. Painting in the natural environment is not only rewarding, but quite the learning experience. It helps you to paint faster as the light and shadows are constantly changing. Taking photographs of our local sites also helps a great deal with studio work. Using photographs is a good way to improve composition skill as I use "artistic license" to eliminate, add or move elements.
Wet into wet technique is one I incorporate quite often in my work. Distant trees, land and subsequent layering are so effective. Sometimes I sketch out light guidelines and other times I “draw” with the paintbrush. Sketching beforehand helps me to simplify the “busyness” out of my photos. Other times I don’t plan at all, just to see what will happen.
I would like to thank my teacher, Lena Thynell for encouraging me in my plein air painting and Alice Kelsey for inspiring me to go beyond just paper surfaces and utilize texture.

Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Nov 3
thru
Nov 26
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