Artist Statement/Bio: Please enjoy my photographs of the American Southwest. My photographic subjects have ranged from the wilds of Patagonia to the baron tundra of the Arctic to the lush forests of Pennsylvania and to the ancient civilizations of China. However, my favorite subject has always been the amazing landscapes of the American Southwest. The southwest USA provides an almost unlimited visual kaleidoscope of colors, shapes and textures. My photographic goal is to share this amazing beauty with others. I hope that each of you viewing this exhibit will see that these landscapes are irreplaceable and that we must all do our best to protect these precious lands. Many of these locations are under attack by political and corporate interests. Those of us that love and enjoy these landscapes must insure that the highest level of protection is accorded all of these public treasures so that future generations can see and experience the same awe and amazement that we do today
I have been creating images of our natural world for over 40 years. I attended the Professional Photography Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology and was graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Finance. I have shared my photographs in numerous solo exhibitions and have had my work selected for many local, state, regional and national juried shows. During these juried shows I have been honored with over a dozen Best of Show/First Place Awards. In 2007 I was selected as one of the North Rim Grand Canyon Artists in residence. One of my photographs from this experience hangs in the permanent collection of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum. My work has also been published in numerous publications including Pennsylvania Magazine and the National Parks Magazine.
The photographs in this exhibit were created using both film and digital cameras. All prints have been made using archival pigment ink on 100% cotton rag paper. Longevity for properly displayed and stored prints is well over 100 years. 10% of the proceeds from my sales at this exhibit will be donated to non profit organizations dedicated to protecting our public lands.
Photography Gallery - 2nd Floor
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Aug 4 thru Aug 27
Virginia Belser in the Sieg Gallery
In my paintings I try to capture the essence of the atmosphere… to tell the story of the prevailing mood of the place I’m painting. And, depending upon the conditions such as light, clouds, wind, time of year, and time of day, the same location can be painted many, many times with very different results.
In my work I see two main challenges:
The first is for me to figuratively step out of the way and let the painting emerge. I’ve found that when I approach a painting with a pre-conceived notion of what the final product will look like, all I get is frustrated. It’s as though the painting simply needs to be released and the process will occur much more naturally without my intellectual interference. I often find a few hours later that I’ve entered a zone, a mental space of true engagement when most outside awareness falls away.
The other challenge with painting landscapes is that of trying to describe a vast amount of space and depth in the confines of a relatively small two-dimensional space. This irony has engaged me since my college days. How is it possible for a very physically small amount of paint or pastel to convey to the viewer a sense of distance and space?
In my mind, a successful landscape painting effectively merges the description of space while simultaneously conveying the emotions and atmosphere of the location at that moment. I hope the viewers appreciate my attempts to negotiate this intersection.
Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Sep 1 thru Sep 24
"Live in Full Bloom" by Lori Fisher in the Community Gallery
Live in Full Bloom
Artist Statement: I love surrounding myself with color, patterns and textures. This love of vibrant color and style is usually present in my painting as well. When given this opportunity to exhibit, I knew I wanted to create a show full of color and life. What better way to do this than with flowers. Having completed the first few paintings, I discovered I was only choosing flowers that were fully blossomed and realized that this was a reflection of my life. I believe there are two types of people in this world, those who are living and those who are existing. Many people pass each day with the same routine, void of any expectation, desire or initiative merely doing what is required of them, only to get up the next day and do it all again - they exist. Others live each day to the fullest, making the most of every opportunity to create new challenges and adventures, they find pleasure in the small things and welcome a change in routine - they live.
Although some days may get crazy and a bit overwhelming, I always choose to look up, feel the sun on my face, and Live in Full Bloom.
Bio: Lori is currently the Gallery Manager for the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County where she curates several galleries and manages the daily museum operations. She enjoys working with and promoting local artists in her community. Lori has shown her work in several exhibitions in the Bellefonte and State College area including the Bellefonte Art Museum, the Gamble Mill Gallery, Watermarke Community Art Show, the Schlow Library Juried Exhibition and the State College Framing Company and Gallery. Lori has completed several commissioned pieces of fine art and commercial signage.
Community Gallery - 2nd Floor
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.