Past Exhibits

"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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Kenneth Cotlar in the Community Gallery


Artist Statement: My paintings are process driven works created on various surfaces, masonite, plexiglass, aluminum, or heavy raw duck canvas using acrylic, latex and oil paints. My methodology involves readying myself by means of Transcendental Meditation (relaxing and clearing the mind of preconceived images), and then executing a random mark, stroke, swath or pool of paint, and then each subsequent stroke is suggested from the previous. The concept is to get the painting to paint itself.
The process and the resulting image then, is what the painting is about. I consciously try not to impose myself on the painting, yet become part of the natural random progression of the art. The images are mostly unconscious or intuitive and are intentionally non-representational. The balances and interactions of the color, shapes and line are what interest me, and the semi-attempted control over the random factors of the painting techniques.

Biography: Kenneth Cotlar, originally from in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; earned a BFA from Penn State University in 1969. He worked as a graphic design artist in Philadelphia for several years before moving to Cambria County to partner with his wife in business. He freelanced graphic design projects for various regional businesses as well as visual merchandising and advertising art. For three decades he painted sporadically, selling his works selectively. Retiring from business in early 2001, he returned to full time painting after graduate work at Indiana University of PA. His award-winning paintings have been exhibited in numerous juried shows, one man exhibits, art festivals and are held in private collections throughout the United States.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Jan 5
thru
Jan 28
cotlar

"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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