Past Exhibits

Marianne Fyda in the Community Gallery


Marianne Fyda was born in Detroit, Michigan, attended Wayne State University and graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree. She taught art in public schools part time and full time for five years. She and her husband, Gene, moved to Pennsylvania, had two children, and founded an art related business. (The Peaceable Kingdom, framing/art supplies/still open). Marianne opened her own studio in 1988; (still open) Marianne Fyda’s Studio/The art Room, working on her own works, commissions, and teaching art, drawing, and pastels to adults and children. She is active in local, regional and national arts organizations.

Marianne likes to work on a variety of subject matter, often intensely studying one subject in a series of paintings.
“I end the series when I can no longer learn from it.”

The exhibit includes paintings from several series: The Elements, 101W 78th, NYC, and Inspired by Great Artists, all paintings in pastel.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Feb 2
thru
Feb 25
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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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"Saddle Up: Art and Artifacts of the Old West"


Capture the spirit of the historic “American West” with paintings, photography and artifacts. This is the story of the western expansion primarily during the second half of the 19th century. It's the history of the pioneers moving across the Native American lands, opening new frontiers and causing devastating changes to native life. It is also the stories cowboys: of true grit versus the romantic myth of the American Cowboy. The exhibition is a chance to step back in history, feeling life on the range and the explorations of the frontier.

Landscape paintings and photographs document the beauty of the native lands including dramatic scenes of majestic mountains and stark deserts. Artifacts serve to give a glimpse of trail life with saddles, blankets, and spurs. There are even some scenes from classic western movies like The Magnificent Seven and Tombstone.

Let the visuals be your story teller. The historic west became the home to many people with a variety of customs, beliefs and ways of living. Even though exploring new lands and setting trails for future travelers is a thing of the past, the westward expansion has given way to a timeless legacy of adventure, exploration and true grit.

Programming to accompany the exhibition includes music, storytelling, poetry:
Richard Sleigh will play guitar and sing on August 6th and Rowen Casey from Nashville will play the Fiddle on September 10th.

Windows Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Aug 4
thru
Sep 24
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