Current Exhibits

Francine Jones in the Sieg Gallery


Artist Statement: Have you ever really looked at the sky of the trees and fields that surround us. I never really looked either before I started painting. Now I see the beauty that's right there in front of me and it's astounding. I want to express that on paper. I love the way watercolor gives me wonderful surprises. Nature's shadows and a feeling of distance are favorites of mine.

Bio: I have been drawing since I was a teenager. Winning an art competition early on really sparked my interest. Of course, life is there to put our fun aspirations "on hold" as we work and raise our children. Upon retirement with more time to devote to art, I continued with my graphite drawing and filled many a sketchbook. Three years ago, I started taking watercolor classes at the Art Alliance in Lemont and fell in love with this medium. Classes are a wonderful way to connect with other artists as well. The sharing of our experiences, techniques and the camaraderie is wonderful. Also, those sketchbooks proved invaluable as I had a collection of value studies at my fingertips. So, all that we do along the way will eventually help with our passion. Last year I started plein air painting and this activity is so enjoyable. Painting in the natural environment is not only rewarding, but quite the learning experience. It helps you to paint faster as the light and shadows are constantly changing. Taking photographs of our local sites also helps a great deal with studio work. Using photographs is a good way to improve composition skill as I use "artistic license" to eliminate, add or move elements.
Wet into wet technique is one I incorporate quite often in my work. Distant trees, land and subsequent layering are so effective. Sometimes I sketch out light guidelines and other times I “draw” with the paintbrush. Sketching beforehand helps me to simplify the “busyness” out of my photos. Other times I don’t plan at all, just to see what will happen.
I would like to thank my teacher, Lena Thynell for encouraging me in my plein air painting and Alice Kelsey for inspiring me to go beyond just paper surfaces and utilize texture.

Sieg Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Nov 3
thru
Nov 26
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Leslie James in the Tea Room Gallery


Art ~ Full exposure of the soul~
Sometimes eloquent words or the penned phrases of ethereal images do not fully deliver ones intent. Often times these emotions can only be drawn out with different forms of media expression (heart to hand to eye and again, heart to hand ….) ..When I am working in the soft malleable clay, each piece seems to create itself as I am just the vessel to bring it to reality. Epoxy and inks tend to frustrate me as I have no control over the end result. The sharp edges of the glass have caused pain yet the end result forces me to see myself in a different perspective as the brokenness brings renewed beauty. Gouache & watercolor tend to be friendly enemies while acrylics and oils are representative of the beginning and end of where we seen to start. Such expose’ of the soul within mixed media is not limited by time or boundaries. This is “Leslie James” and each piece is as “Unique as the One Who Owns It”

Tea Room Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Nov 3
thru
Nov 26
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Chrissy Cook and Marsha Dreibelbis in the Jewelry Gallery


Marsha Dreibelbis Biography: Marsha Dreibelbis is a native of State College, Pennsylvania, with fond childhood memories of hours spent at the dining room table on creative endeavors. Her most vivid classroom recollections surround art, and in particular working with clay slabs to create blue heart design mugs and a woodland themed box that are still proudly sitting on her moms display shelf. After studying at the University of Pittsburgh, and working as an environmental scientist in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Marsha felt the need to return home to Happy Valley. Upon arrival she rediscovered her love for art and created Red Garnet Studio. Her current activities include jewelry, pottery and mixed media designs utilizing beach finds.

Marsha Dreibelbis Artist Statement: I love working with my hands and I’m inspired by natural materials such as gemstones, metals, botanicals and clay. There is something very soothing about touching these raw elements and creating something personal from them. When I work, I’m able to detach myself from thoughts of daily tasks, and let my mind roam free.

Description of Marsha's Work: Vintage bohemian style wire-wrapped jewelry featuring rustic oxidized brass and Czech art glass. The collection is designed for mixing and matching, as well as layering with other pieces. Long beaded necklaces can be worn as a single strand or doubled for a layered look. Earrings are available with simple hook earwires or vintage style leverbacks. Sweater clips are featured as a fun accessory to clip onto cardigans, collars and shawls. The jewelry leans towards simplicity in order to highlight the beauty of the art glass beads.

Jewelry Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Nov 3
thru
Nov 26
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