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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

Part Cubist, Part Surrealist: Collage Works on Display

“Bowl of the Ocean Soup” – wood, acrylic, ink, 34 inches by 24 inches by 20 inches

Two- and three-dimensional collage works that are part cubist, part surrealist will challenge perspectives and delight the eye in the next exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Mikhail Gubin’s “Geometry,” running Nov. 6 through Dec. 11, offers works on paper and wooden sculptures from an award-winning artist who was born in the former Soviet Union.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 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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Students Read Body Language of Artists’ Inner Vision

From the radiography lab to the art gallery, students enjoy an inspired view of inner workings. From left: Nicole L. Brungard, Conor D. Flynn, Danielle J. Shindledecker and Taylor E. Hoffman.

Exploring the heart of the matter

Student gallery assistant Ainsley R. Bennett (appropriately gloved for the task) offers the students a glimpse of the original X-ray on the back of one of the abstract pieces.

Shindledecker inspects an artistic interpretation of a cranial scan.

A full-bodied look at radiography rock stars! From left are Flynn, Hoffman, Brungard and Shindledecker.

“We see X-rays all the time, but I never thought someone would take one and make art out of it,” said Danielle J. Shindledecker on a Tuesday visit to The Gallery at Penn College. The Fairfield resident was joined by three other students enrolled in applied health studies: radiography concentration on an outing to see “A View Within,” an exhibit blending medical technology and fiber art. Nicole L. Brungard, of Jersey Shore; Conor D. Flynn, Williamsport; and Taylor E. Hoffman, Marietta, also took in the artistic interpretations of body images captured by CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and ultrasounds. The two-person show offers realistic and abstract translations of the same body images, and the students said they enjoyed seeing the different perspectives of the artists’ visions. “This exhibit is entitled ‘A View Within.’ which is a perfect fit with our upcoming Radiologic Technology Week (Nov. 8-14) theme of ‘Discovering the Inside Story,'” said Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director for radiography. The exhibit runs through Nov. 1 on the third floor of Madigan Library.

Teachers Make Quick Study of ‘Slow Art’ During Professional Enrichment

Local art teachers, including WAHS' Andrea McDonough-Varner (center), discuss the works “at hand” in The Gallery at Penn College.

The gallery offers a venue for professional development and discussion.

A “Slow Art” still life

The works on the wall find new expression in an educator’s sketchbook.

Meditative moments for art exploration

Eighteen art educators took advantage of The Gallery at Penn College and its current exhibit, “A View Within,” for a professional development session titled “Slow Art” on Monday. Organized by Andrea McDonough Varner, an art teacher at Williamsport Area High School, the workshop focused on viewing one work of art for at least 20 minutes, taking notes and sketching ideas. Art educators from Williamsport, East Lycoming and Jersey Shore school districts attended. “Slow Art” is a global movement that has been catching on in the past few years; it encourages museum-goers to slow down and engage more fully with art, creating a quality experience. “The Gallery at Penn College was pleased to welcome regional art educators today,” manager Penny Griffin Lutz said, “and is happy that our exhibitions are being utilized by the community for lifelong learning.”

Gallery Patrons Share Artists’ Unique ‘View’ in Latest Exhibit

Assessing the artists' separately shared vision

Joseph E. LeBlanc, assistant professor of physics, brings an entire class to the opening.

Gallery manager Penny G. Lutz (left) talks with Joanne Landis, a regional artist who has a studio at The Pajama Factory.

Textural tapestries line the gallery walls.

Lenore G. Penfield (left), director of facilities utilization and college events, and Judy Olinsky, a loyal patron of the local arts community, attend Friday's event.

A View Within,” two fiber artists’ interpretations of body images captured by CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and ultrasounds, is on display in The Gallery at Penn College through Nov. 1. The exhibit, by Paula Chung and Karen Rips, opened Friday on the third floor of Madigan Library. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery will be closed this Thursday through Sunday for the college’s Fall Break.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer