Past Exhibits

Carol Ann Simon Cillo in the Community Gallery


Artist’s Statement for:
“A DEGREE OF RE-CONSTRUCTION” - AN EXHIBIT OF CERAMICS AND MIXED MEDIA

The exhibit continues an examination begun in the previous “Contemplating Broken” collection, which found similarities between the broken human condition and the fragile nature of clay during the creation of ceramic pieces.

The thought process continues to delve into how we relate to one another. It continues the clay dialogue on how we came to be “formed” into the individual we have become, how others effect that formation and how we strive to constantly rebuild ourselves. It expresses how we perceive the self and the various kinds of real and imagined damages we struggle with. Ultimately, it seeks the solution for healing and a kind of reconstruction of self by the formation of clay through artistic expression.

Mini-Bio: Carol Ann (Simon) Cillo grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area, studied at Carnegie Mellon University as a teen and graduated from Edinboro University of PA with her B.S. in Art Education.

A Williamsport resident for many years, she began "on the boards" as a graphic designer ,then became Art Director at C.A. Reed Inc. of Williamsport, a national party goods company.She and her partner,Steve Getz,then founded and are partner/owners of If-the Idea Factory,a design studio in Lock Haven,PA which has worked with companies around the country designing everything from product surface design,catalogs & brochures to museum and trade­ show exhibits.

She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Penn College of Technology teaching Color Theory,and was elected to a three­ year term on the Board of Directors for the Color Marketing Group (CMG - an international organization for color trends) as well as directing workshops at their international conferences as Co-Chairman for Colors Current Dire­ ctions, Design and Color Expressions for presentations with up to 750 attendees per conference.

She currently serves on the Board of the Station Gallery in Lock Haven,PA.,where she serves as Vice President and helps to secure artists'works to organize shows at the gallery.Carol is a juried Pennsylvania Artisan for the PA Wilds.

Her work is available at galleries in Williamsport, Jersey Shore, Lock Haven, Eagle's Mere and Emporium, PA. Her work also hangs permanently at the Susquehanna Regional Medical Center and Lock Haven University. She has won numerous awards for her artwork in various shows in Pennsylvania, including acceptance into the juried 2013 Art of the State exhibit at the State Museum of PA in Harrisburg,PA.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 31
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Apr 30
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Carolyn Johnson and Janice Kramer Heverly in the Jewelry Gallery


Carolyn H. Johnson – Jewelry bio

I make sterling silver and gold plated jewelry with European fine cut crystals, turquoise, Indian crystals, natural fresh water pearls, and genuine semi-precious stones. After retiring from teaching gerontology, I became aware that older women like myself wore jewelry less if it was difficult to put on or required another person to help. So I created my own line of easy to wear jewelry with Stretch Magic, magnets, and large clasps that are fun to wear. Most of my pieces are bracelets, but I also make earrings, and necklaces. Nature is my inspiration, and many of my pieces incorporate colors from sunsets and sunrises, the sea, the mountains, red rocks, and the seasons.

I have always loved jewels and gemstones. I collected crystals as a child, and later learned their specific energies. For example, amethyst is calming, carnelian is cleansing, and rose quartz is for love. Working with these stone and seeing their beauty is very nourishing. They are eye candy. Enjoy!

Jewelry Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Mar 31
thru
Apr 30
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Kim Gates Flick in the Sieg Gallery


Peace-Passage (My Manataka)
The word Manataka has many beginnings, but has only one origin.
The word Manataka has many definitions, but has only one meaning.
The word Manataka is spoken in many languages, but is of one people.
The word Manataka means the "Unbroken Circle" Mantaka American Indian Council

Artist Statement: There was a special spot in the mountain, behind my childhood home, called the “Angel Seat.” It was a rock formation in a ninety-degree angle that could be used as a seat of rest and reflection while hiking the passages of the Bald Eagle mountains. The ground around the seat was covered in a blanket of moss & lichens that my grandfather called God’s carpet and was flanked by huge trees that bent together with an entanglement of growth; streaming in the most beautiful filtered light – that could put any painting or church window to shame. It was a secret place of reverence that over time was lost to an ever-changing landscape, but nere to memory. It’s been in natural cathedrals such as these, that I have poured out my soul; pondering the mysteries of this experience called life. Two years ago, after loosing my father to cancer, I returned to childhood haunts; with a renewed consideration of nature, particularly trees, in their silent witness of life. Oral and rural histories have long used witness trees to mark significant historical and cultural events. Today, ecologists regard the use of witness trees as a tool for observation, to reconnect and rediscover the value of our native landscapes.
In this spirit, I offer these small works, not as lofty achievements of artistic investigations, but as personal testaments. They are my witness trees, markers of a private and significant life event. May they serve museum visitors with a public invitation to visit our natural areas and consider the silent support such sacred spaces provide for reconnecting our modern society with the natural world. As we join in the world-wide celebration of earth day, may we raise our awareness of environmental stewardship by reflecting on our position in the un-broken circle with a poem by John Yellow Lark, A Lakota Chief of the First People:

Earth teach me stillness…
as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering…
as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility…
as blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth teach me to forget myself…
as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember…
kindness.

Bio: Kim Gates Flick is a mixed-media artist, sharing her passion for creativity as a Visual Arts Instructor with The Pennsylvania State University. Born in Bellefonte and raised at the gateway of the PA Wilds, she is a native daughter of the Bald Eagle Mountains. Kim earned her undergraduate degrees in Fine Art and Equine Science at Penn State and a master’s degree at The Vermont College of Fine Art. She is a founding member of the Farmland Preservation Artists and committed to local living with membership in various community organizations such as The Bellefonte Museum of Art, Central PA Pastel Society, The Art Alliance, The Philadelphia Sketch Club and as a juried professional artist with The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania. She promotes and demonstrated sustainable studio practices, eco-friendly products and community art projects. Kim has centuries of generational roots in the Centre region and is supportive of community and sustainable organizations whose missions promote and protect the natural resources of her beloved mountain home and the wild spaces of Pennsylvania.

Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 31
thru
Apr 30
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