Future Exhibits

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


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

Opening reception: Sunday, October 1st. 12 - 4:30 p.m.

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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Nancy Burch Brassington in the Community Gallery


Artist's Bio: I grew up in a farming community in northern Virginia. My childhood centered around work in the farmhouse, the 4-H Club and the rural church.

Southern repression and anxiety molded me. Although I cried my heart out when it was time to leave home for college, I wanted to leave behind the farm lifestyle.

The sublime experience of nature throughout my childhood, and the first Walt Disney films, “Song of the South” and “So Dear to my Heart” took me to a higher plane. Television was not yet a household item and at the age of seven Walt Disney was my first cinematic and aesthetic experience. I was “blown away” by the artificial beauty of what I saw, by the artistry and the color. At age seven I was seduced by the spirit of escapism.

The decorative layers of southern life hid my isolation, the horror of World War II, and segregation in the south.

I found my real identity decades later through creativity and the process of painting.

B.A. in Philosophy and Fine Arts
M.F.A. in Fine Arts

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Sep 29
thru
Oct 29
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Christie Clancy's Portraits & Places in the Photography Gallery


Artist's Bio: I grew up in central PA in a small town, a quiet town. Empty lots and old buildings are common. There are a lot of conversations about what used to be where. So, it's not a surprise I tend to favor things that give you a sense of nostalgia or lend themselves to be the subject of great stories. With my work, I hope the viewer can feel familiar even if they have never been there before or met that person.

I'm also a singer and social media strategist with a love of explore new or not-so-new roads with my camera and a cup of coffee.

Photography Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Sep 29
thru
Oct 29
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