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Fiber Artists are ‘Connected by Stitch’ at Penn College Exhibit

Sharon Wall's "War Horse," – cotton fabric, quilt binding, polyester thread, fabric paint, fabric dyes and metallic foil, 40x59 inches

The first Pennsylvania regional juried show by the international Studio Art Quilt Associates will take place Oct. 22 through Dec. 8 at The Gallery at Penn College.

Titled “Connected by Stitch,” the exhibit includes fiber-based artwork by 35 artists who are all current Pennsylvania members of SAQA and those that have chosen Pennsylvania as their second region. They were invited to submit work for this exhibition.

An opening reception is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, featuring a 3 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge. The gallery is on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

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Retrospective Exhibit Marks Gallery’s First Decade

“Take Ten” offers ample opportunities to explore.

Artists and art lovers convened in The Gallery at Penn College on Tuesday evening for the opening reception of “Take Ten,” a special 10th-anniversary exhibition celebrating the venue’s commitment to contemporary art. Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director, welcomed the crowd and offered appreciation to the many staff, faculty, students, community members and artists who have championed and supported the gallery and its artistic efforts since its opening in 2006. “Our students are so fortunate to be able to walk through every building on our campus and see original works of art, fortunate to have a gallery to visit either alone or with a class to see changing exhibits, and fortunate to know that the arts are an important part their education,” Lutz said. Featuring new works from 25 past exhibiting artists representing each of the gallery’s 10 years, “Take Ten” runs through Oct. 9.

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Gallery Receives Private Grant for 10th Anniversary Catalog

The “Take Ten” catalog documents the 10th anniversary exhibition at The Gallery at Penn College.

In support of a catalog documenting its 10th anniversary celebration, The Gallery at Penn College has received a $5,250 grant from a private foundation based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation awarded funding to support the gallery’s “Take Ten” catalog, created as part of the special anniversary exhibition running through Oct. 9.

The foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of contemporary visual art, primarily through the support of catalogs and other publications produced by organizations outside the nation’s cultural centers that document exhibitions of work by emerging or under-recognized artists.

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Gallery Celebrates 10 Years of Contemporary Art

"Take Ten"

Celebrating a decade of exhibiting contemporary art, The Gallery at Penn College is staging a special anniversary exhibition titled “Take Ten,” showcasing the works of 25 past exhibiting artists.

“Take Ten” runs Aug. 25 through Oct. 9, with an opening reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30. A number of the exhibiting artists will be on hand for the special event.

Works featured in “Take Ten” include a range of media: ceramics, digital media, fiber art, installation, mixed media, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

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Receptive Gallery Crowd Greets City Native’s Return

Michelle Ramin hugs a friend near the title wall for her exhibition.

Life imitates art imitating life: A family takes a selfie with "Mona Lisa, IRL," which shows museum visitors taking cellphone photos of the da Vinci masterpiece.

A large crowd turns out for the inaugural exhibit of a new academic year.

The artist talks with gallery patrons.

Visitors replicate cellphone activity in a displayed piece.

The Gallery at Penn College hosted a homecoming for a Williamsport native-turned-San Francisco artist Thursday evening. Michelle Ramin and her artwork drew a large crowd of the artist’s family, friends and fans – as well as other gallery-goers – for the opening of “The Sky’s (Not) The Limit,” a collection of oil paintings, watercolors and colored-pencil pieces. During her gallery talk, Ramin led her guests on a literal and artistic tour of her works from early pencil pieces that could take up to six months to create to her more recent oil paintings, a medium she said affords more brisk movement across the canvas. The artist discussed how her creations often reveal hidden metaphors with masks, from literal balaclavas to cellphone screens that give users a barrier from reality and interactions with others. The show, the first exhibit of the 2016-17 academic year, runs through Aug. 14. The gallery’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

City Native Travels From San Francisco to Exhibit at Penn College

“Learning about Rousseau,” oil on canvas, 18 inches by 28 inches

A woman who grew up in Williamsport and credits early mentors with stirring her creativity and curiosity, is returning “home” to exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College.

Michelle Ramin, an artist who lives and teaches in San Francisco, will begin the gallery’s 2016-17 exhibit season with her show, “The Sky’s (Not) The Limit,” a collection of oil paintings, watercolors and colored-pencil pieces.

Ramin’s exhibit opens on Thursday, July 14, with a Meet the Artist Reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The show runs through Aug. 14. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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WAHS Student Honored by Penn College Gallery

Abigail DeBloois

Fine art by Abigail DeBloois, a student at Williamsport Area High School, is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through June 30.

DeBloois received an Artistic Excellence Award from The Gallery at Penn College. The honor recognizes outstanding artistic talent and achievement in the visual arts and is given to a student who demonstrates skill in his or her selected medium and knowledge of the artistic process. The award includes a gift certificate to The College Store and an opportunity to exhibit artwork in the gallery lobby.

DeBloois’ featured artworks are portraits created in a variety of media. The student exhibit coincides with an exhibition of acrylic glass art by Margaret Smithers-Crump, a Houston artist.

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Magical Creations Express Nature’s Fragility

An 8-foot circle of acrylic on translucent Plexiglas and sand decorates the gallery floor. Titled “Full Circle,” the work inspired the exhibit’s name.

The artist discusses the creative possibilities of Plexiglas.

Gallery visitors listen to the artist’s talk.

“Passage,” a magical vessel of translucent plexiglas, mylar, acrylic paint and salt, measures 20x72x35 inches.

Cool acrylic works offer ideal summer respite inside the gallery walls.

An artist’s “lifelong love affair with water – our most precious resource” is seen in the fragile-looking forms flowing throughout The Gallery at Penn College’s exhibit, “Full Circle.” Tuesday night’s opening featured a talk by artist Margaret Smithers-Crump, who led visitors on a voyage through her life inspirations and artistic processes. Smithers-Crump grew up on an island in Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada, and now resides in Houston. Her “magical creations” utilizing Plexiglas are designed to imply “fragility” and stir awe, as well as ecological concern for and commitment to our natural environments. “Full Circle” runs through June 30. The gallery’s summer hours are 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. On Sundays. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Mondays.
First and third photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Acrylic Art Explores Strength, Fragility at Gallery at Penn College

Margaret Smithers-Crump's “Time Released,” oil paint, oil bar and acrylic on translucent Plexiglas, 106 x 14 x 10 inches

The Gallery at Penn College closes its 2015-16 academic exhibit year with “Full Circle,” a showcase of intricate acrylic glass art by Margaret Smithers-Crump, a Canadian artist based in Houston.

“Full Circle” opens on Tuesday, May 24, with a Meet the Artist Reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring a talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through June 30. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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‘Design: 2016’ Showcases Graphic Design Student Portfolios

Design students' portfolios to be dsiplayed from April 29-May 13

Fourteen graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2016,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, April 29, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 13.

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Spellbound Crowd Greets Latest Gallery Exhibit

A first for The Gallery at Penn College: The exhibit title is displayed on the glass entryway instead of a wall inside the space.

The artist, second from right, discusses “The Clearing” with engaged educators and artists. The 18’ x 12’ work of stoneware and cast crystal arrived for installation in 120 wooden boxes.

Tales of transformation include “Septimo Vitae,” a mixed-media piece of alabaster, artist’s blood, silver and clear crystal.

A large crowd listens intently to Barboza-Gubo’s talk near the work “Cervus, Purificatio,” created of cast aluminum and standing on a granite tombstone.

“Flux” features a stoneware bust gazing into 30 watercolor “reflections” changing shape throughout a metaphorical month.

Tales of transformations engaged visitors to The Gallery at Penn College on Tuesday night for the opening of “IntusExternus,” an exhibit showcasing artist Juan José Barboza-Gubo’s impressive range of skills. An art professor at Rhode Island College and native of Peru, the artist is exhibiting two series together for the first time – “Pink Narcissus” and “Cruor-Proelium-Cervus.” Both explorations in self-discovery mesmerized gallery-goers with Barboza-Gubo’s dexterity in ceramic, cast glass, cast aluminum, alabaster, silver, oil on canvas and mixed media on paper, as well as the intimate storytelling shown in his works. The artist shared various accounts of his process, including a past performance in which he crawled naked through a ceramic work called “The Clearing” in his ongoing efforts to merge nature and self. The exhibit will run through April 22 during regular gallery hours. (The gallery will be closed March 25-27.)

Art Exhibit Explores Self-Discovery, Transformations

Juan José Barboza-Gubo’s work “Proelium #1,” cast aluminum, cast clear crystal

Artist Juan José Barboza-Gubo says the reason he’s most excited about his exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College is that this is the first time his work from two series will be shown in one unified installation, allowing for “a unique and important intersection of the work.”

“IntusExternus” is the title of the exhibit running March 15 through April 22 at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The show will feature works from Barboza-Gubo’s “Pink Narcissus” and “Cruor-Proelium-Cervus” series. The artistic explorations are in ceramic, cast glass, cast aluminum, alabaster, silver, oil on canvas and mixed media on paper.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, featuring a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Artist’s Talk Encourages Cross-Cultural Listening, Learning

Robert Gerhardt

A student takes notes at the exhibit.

Engaged patrons converse near one of Gerhardt's favorite images: “NYPD Traffic Officer at Prayer, Park 51, Manhattan, NY,” taken at a once-proposed mosque site near Ground Zero.

A crowd gathers as the artist speaks.

“Boy Scouts at their Weekly Meeting, Muslim American Society, Brooklyn, NY" (foreground) is among the gelatin silver prints on display.

A campus reception was held Thursday for an artist whose work employs old-school photojournalism – compelling images on black-and-white film, developed in a darkroom – to tackle a fresh-from-the-headlines merging of cultures. “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” featuring the work of Robert Gerhardt, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through March 4. While billed as a gallery talk, Gerhardt’s well-attended opening echoed the objectives of the artwork itself: to encourage discussion and blur the boundaries between different backgrounds, practices and faiths. Hours for the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed Saturdays and Mondays). The exhibit has also been featured in The Huffington Post and on WVIA’s “ArtScene” radio program (select the Robert Gerhardt audio file from the series menu).

Photography Exhibit Hopes to Stir Muslim American Understanding

“Young Girl at Prayers with her Father” – gelatin silver print

“Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” a black-and-white photography exhibit showing Muslim Americans in their daily lives, is the next exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College.

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Reuse, Reassembly Masterfully Melded in Gallery Exhibition

"Prehistoric Bird," formed from wood, acrylic and metal, artfully alights in the gallery.

Standing before "Enigmatic Growths," a creation of mixed media on paper and pasted onto canvas, the artist discusses his work.

Noteworthy details await discovery

Capturing an image of the imaginative

A detail from "Every Bird Likes Its Own Nest," fashioned from clothing, rags, oil, acrylic and wood

Distinctive multimedia artwork is represented in “Geometry,” running through Dec. 11 in The Gallery at Penn College. A “Meet the Artist” reception was held Thursday evening on the third floor of Madigan Library, where patrons gathered to learn more about Mikhail Gubin’s arresting collages and sculptures –many formed from discarded materials. The gallery is open 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 25-29.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer