Pasquale Cortese in the Community Gallery
Artist Statement: My abstract drawings express my interest in visually warping the flat surface and creating the sensation of energy fields. Through complex patterns and intricate inking, I create images of a dual nature, both optically dynamic while stable and meditative. I want viewers to contemplate their relationship to natural forces and forms while feeling their grace and energy. I have recently been exploring color, after working in only black & white for many years.Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment
Cecilia Jaswa Rusnak in the Tea Room Gallery
My professional background includes education and practice in the fields of landscape architecture, history, and graphic and spatial design. I’ve taught at the University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and recently retired from teaching in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State.
I’ve always been curious about my physical surroundings, how and why those surroundings are ordered, and most importantly, how they affect me. Even as a young child, I recognized the contrast between human-ordered environments and nature-ordered ones, and realized that cared-for human places and healthy natural or in-between places made me feel good about my world. I became an explorer, seeking places that were “special.” I continue this search for places that are transcendent.
Over the years, I’ve expressed such external as well as internal explorations using a variety of techniques, but keep coming back to pencil drawing and mixed media that incorporates textiles. This work has been exhibited internationally at the Galerie Vyšehrad in Prague, and in national venues such as the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, IA; and the Textile Arts Center in Chicago. I’ve had numerous solo shows in the Midwest and eastern U. S. My work has also been juried into shows throughout the United States.
In addition to being on the Artist Register of the Bellefonte Art Museum, I’m a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh.
Tea Room Gallery - 1st FloorFridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment