Past Exhibits

Beverly Klucher in the Community Gallery


Artist Statement: "At this point of my career, I find it natural to say I love what I do. I have been oil painting for 40 years and still find joy in bringing back to life visually a fulfilling moment. Whether the image is landscape, coastal ,religious or portrait, each offers a unique light and color that challenges my perception. The present exhibition, "HEART OF PENNNSYLVANIA" is a collection of paintings inspired by a childhood recollection of living in England long enough to instill a - sense of place - in my own heart."

Bio: Beverly, born in Portland Oregon, grew up second of six children in a close-knit military family, where moving around the country and overseas was normal. During her adolescence, her parents, family and teachers encouraged this aspiring artist to pursue her talent. The seed of encouragement grew.

A 1978 Fine Arts Graduate from The Pennsylvania State University and graduate work at Penn State and The Maryland Institute of Art, both contributed to the artist's strong emphasis on oil painting. In 1980, Beverly began her professional career working from her home studio, while working part-time as an Archival Framer, and raising her family with her husband Bill. Her husband, children, and grandchildren remain her most cherished part of her success in her art.

Presently, Beverly's studio is filled with paintings in various stages of development. Her passion for life is reflected in the stroke and perception of light in all of her work. She welcomes people into her studio. A call to make an appointment is appreciated by the artist. Commission paintings are special in their own way. This affords the artist an opportunity to work with the client one on one. "To see a smile on their face when the job is done is amazing" - comments Beverly

Select Juried Awards: Butler Institute of American Art, Washington D.C. Invitational,The Southern Alleghenies Museum, Robeson Gallery of The Pennsylvania State University, Penn Memorial Museum, Saint Vincent Arch Abbey, Latrobe Pennsylvania, and The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.
Permanent Collections include: AT&T Washington, D.C., The Vatican Rome, Southern Alleghenies Museum, The Mount Nittany Medical Center, The Diocese of Altoona & Johnstown, Saint Vincent Seminary, The Pennsylvania State University, Bartlett Tree Experts, Stamford, Conn., Our Lady Of Victory Church, State College, Pennsylvania.

Beverly recognizes and wishes to thank all of the private collectors for their generosity and support through the years.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 3
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Mar 26
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Carol Baney & Tammy DeCastro in the Jewelry Gallery


Jewelry Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 3
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Mar 26
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Karen Drosnes and Gloria Griffith in the Tea Room Gallery


Gloria Ward Griffith, Landscape Painter: Drawing and painting between the ages of six and eight began the process of developing a way to express myself artistically. Art teachers in the early years and through high school encouraged me. After completing one year as an art education major and another semester as a commercial art major, at Penn State, I regrouped, hoping to attend art school. Marriage and children followed instead. Staying involved in art during those years was difficult. But a creative outlet was found working in an advertising agency and later doing retail display work.

After the children were self sufficient I began again, studying with various art groups. Living in Baltimore provided the opportunity to study for several years with Eugene Leake, former president of the Maryland Institute of Art and a nationally known landscape artist. A family move to Tampa, Florida afforded me the greatest opportunity to work full time painting. Awards and recognition continued to encourage me. I eventually had my own studio and gallery representation. Happily my work was selling.

I am essentially self taught . I work in oils, mostly a combination of imagination and memory. No photos. The routine Sunday drive as a family through our beautiful world captured me as a young child and contributed to the need to speak to the love of the landscape as a painter.

Karen Michal Drosnes: I was raised in the small town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, what some people had called an “artist colony” but what it meant was that art was important there. My art teachers were actually artists and teachers, neighbors were artists, our little library had an enormous arts section etc. It was normal to create, always a part of my life. When I went away to college I started out in engineering/computer science but in the end came back to art. I ended up teaching elementary level art for 29 years and when I retired several years ago I starting spending a lot of time in my glass studio and taking classes from other glass artists. So much fun being a student! Glass was my medium for a long time until a few years ago when I met the mosaicist, Rachel Sager at Touchstone Center for Crafts. Rachel turned me on to the art of mosaic using natural materials and ancient techniques. She showed me how to use andamento or line as the pathway of my expression and how making the thousands of choices of tesserae build that story. I now use a variety of materials in my work: glass, shells, bones, broken pottery, found objects but I must say I am in love with stone and the connection I feel with the earth when I am using it.

Tea Room Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 3
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Mar 26
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