Past Exhibits

Deena Ultman in the Sieg Gallery


ARTIST STATEMENT/BIO

As a child, I always loved to draw and was encouraged by my dear cousin who is an artist in New York. But when I graduated from high school, I was torn between my love of art and my love of math. At the University of Delaware , my decision was to major in math. In my "first" professional life (I have had many), I became a high school math teacher.

Along with my husband, Jim, we moved to State College in 1970, where we raised three daughters, all of whom are very creative women. My job experiences along the way include a baking business; being the school director for many years at Congregation Brit Shalom; and ultimately, becoming the Assistant Director of Administration at the Hillel Foundation at Penn State. When I retired from a 10-year career at Hillel, I summoned up the courage to take an art class.

Although my early experiences and comfort zone in art were drawing in a realistic manner, I began to evolve when taking an abstract acrylic course taught by a wonderful artist, Isabel Kumerz. It was a mind-opening experience and although I find it a great stretch for me, I enjoy the process and the creative women with whom I paint.

Much of my work is connected by my choice of bright colors and by the concrete images from still life compositions or places I have traveled, drawn into my abstract painting.

The materials I use consist mostly of acrylic paints on canvas or paper but I also like using charcoal, water- soluble crayons and watercolors. Quite often, I collage onto my painting with objects that are meaningful to me--a souvenir from travels abroad or a flower from one of my plants, etc. My works are often textured with layers of acrylic &/or paper.

My process of abstract painting revolves around the techniques I have learned from my teachers over
these past nine years. These techniques are a good way for me to "get started." I have fun doing abstract/semi-representational painting.

The support from family and friends to explore my creative side, along with my inner voice to create, have been my impetus to continue.

Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. OR By Appointment
Jan 6
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Jan 29
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Marisa Eichman in the Sieg Gallery


Artist Statement:

The Hunt for the Red Doe
This show is a view into a myth. Much like Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", it takes place during the course of one night in a forest. In the forest at night we leave civilization behind and find a place of challenge and transformation. Human nature converses with wild nature. When the dawn comes we leave the forest renewed, better, wiser. This show, a tale of one night in the forest in an alternate timeline, is the story of women helping each other to recover the forgotten ancient women's wisdom and power, and to carry out the healing of the world. This is a myth, one that was, one that already is, and one that may be.

Bio
I'm fairly new to painting - after taking a few classes with area artists, I committed myself in the Spring of 2013 to learning to paint. Since then I've mostly been self-taught, studying the works of the old and modern masters, experimenting to reproduce what I like about their techniques. I was especially inspired by the Baroque painters, such as Caravaggio and Rubens, in creating the works for this show.
I graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Psychology and am now a full-time artist. My continuing studies in philosophy, psychology, mythology, comparative religions, anthropology and ancient art and cultures are a big source of inspiration for me. Sincere thanks to my models (and muses) for this show: Tara Caimi, Elisha Halpin, Bromlyn Fitzgerald, Megan Moore, and Harriet Rosenberg.

Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Sep 30
thru
Oct 30
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"Generations of Art"


Generations of Art - A unique exhibition of work by members of the Bellefonte Art Museum’s Artist Registry and the family members that inspired them.

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 6, 12:00 - 4:30 pm

Is artistic talent a family trait??
During the month of November, the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County will explore the creative talents of artists and their relatives, sometimes spanning several generations. Twenty-three of the artists on our registry will be featured alongside the family member who inspired them.

The exhibition will consist of forty-seven pieces of original artwork crossing many mediums including paintings, drawings, quilts, jewelry, pottery, and sculpture. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to get a closer, personal look at some of our artists and see first-hand who and what inspired them to create.

Participating Registry Artists and their family members:

Stacie Bird; Grandmother, Graham Gloster Bird
Sean Bodley; Grandmother, Caroline Greenwald
Nancy Burch Brassington; Grandmother, Nannie Mae Towsey Burch & Cousin, Richard Gibson Wedderspoon
Pat Dolan; Grandfather, Herbert L. Buck
Marty Edmunds; Father, Frank R. Wallace & Grandmother, Bertha Dowler Hale
Jean Forsberg; Father, William Fisher
Susan Nicholas Gephart; Father, Thomas C. Nicholas Jr.
Kaitlyn Gephart; Mother, Susan Nicholas Gephart & Grandfather, Thomas C. Nicholas Jr.
Elody Gyekis; Grandmother, Lois Snavely & Mother, Loanne Snavely
Alice Kelsey; Grandfather, Leslie Lippincott
Anne Kenyon; Father, C. Ernst Morris
Cinda Kostyak; Aunt, Jeanne Martson
Sue Lacy; Uncle, Richard F. Houston
Maxine Levin; Great Grandfather, Lazarus Waldbott
Liz Liadis; Sister, Jean DeGrazia
Mary McGuire; Mother, Catherine Shay McGuire
Jeanne McKinney; Grandfather, Edward S. Black
Benjamin A. Saggese; Mother, La Verne Saggese
Gary Schubert; Mother, Phoebe Cary Ryan Schubert
Bill Seay; Mother, Jacqueline Jo Seay
Tom Seay; Father, Bill Seay & Grandmother, Jacqueline Jo Seay
Wendy Snetsinger; Mother, Janet Rigler
Heidi Urbanski; Grandmother, Jean Vogely Werner & Mother, Patricia Borgel

Windows on the World and Tea Room Galleries - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Nov 4
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Nov 27
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