Past Exhibits

Dave Hammaker in the Photography Gallery

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
Aug 27

Virginia Belser in the Sieg Gallery

Artist Statement

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
Sep 24

Robert Johnson & Cinda Kostyak in the Tea Room Gallery

Robert A. Johnson Artist Statement: Bob Johnson is a graduate of Aero Space Engineering and Naval Architecture. He has been intrigued by watercolors and the artists that paint them from an early age and took his first watercolor course in 1986 after returning to Penn State as a Program Manager at the Applied Research Lab. His return to State College provided opportunities to attend artist’s retreats at Hameau Farm in Reedsville in the 90s where he met James Farrah who inspired Bob in his pursuit of the watercolor medium. However, travel and work commitments left Bob with little time to pursue his art.

Upon his retirement from the University in 2002, Bob began dedicating more time to painting, taking Ollie courses under the leadership of Jim Cartey and increasing his interest in that medium. A few years ago, national watercolorist and instructor, Jim Farrah moved from his home in Arizona and returned to Central Pennsylvania. Since that time, Jim has become Bob’s teacher and mentor, as well as a good friend. Bob has been pleased with his continuous improvement while working with Jim.

Sixteen years in Ship Design with the U.S. Navy and his interest in all things nautical are often reflected in Bob’s paintings of ships, boats, and seascapes. Bob’s mission work with his wife Bonnie (travelling to Nicaragua 11 times over a 13 year period) resulted in a love for the country and its people that also appear in Bob’s paintings.
Bob is a member of the Artist Registry at the Bellefonte Art Museum and continually strives to become more proficient in his watercolor painting.

Cinda Kostyak Biography: I am a Penn State alumna with a B. A. in Art (oil painting focus), B. S. in Art Education, and a Masters in Counselor Education. I retired from Penn State University after 24 years and now enjoy a retirement filled with painting, travel, and grandchildren. I particularly enjoy following the fisherman in my life and painting en plein air be it along the bank of a trout stream, standing on a dock on a Canadian lake, or painting in a motor boat or kayak.

I am a member of the Bellefonte Art Museum, State College Art Alliance and Downtown Gallery, Carlisle Artist Learning Center, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and the Farmland Preservation Artists. My media of choice include oil, pastel, and watercolor.

Tea Room Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Sep 1
Sep 24
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