The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, will host “Where Science Meets Art,” an exhibit by members of the London-based Society for Art of Imagination.
The exhibit will open on June 22 at 11 a.m. At 7:30 p.m. in Room 1056 of the Student and Administrative Services Center, Brigid Marlin, the first person given an audience to paint an official portrait of the Dalai Lama, will lead a lively talk, sharing her experiences and some of the photographs she took during her trek to Tibet. Marlin is the chairman and founder of the Society for Art of Imagination.
The art of imagination may be called by many names fantastic realism, surrealism, magic realism, visionary art or inspirational art but it originates when artists express their awareness of some significant relationship with larger forces or realities, using realism in an effort to reveal their secrets. The society’s members work in painting, sculpture, computer-originated art and 3-D objects.
The group was inspired by visionary artists such as Bosch, Botticelli, da Vinci and Rembrandt, and artist Ernst Fuchs, now honorary president, has played a significant role as a researcher and teacher. The exhibit, “Where Science Meets Art,” will be alive with realism, fantasy and surrealism.
The exhibit will run through Aug. 31. Gallery hours for the show are Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.
Because part of the society’s mission is to experiment with and share both old and newly developed techniques, on June 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Marlin will offer a workshop titled “A Glimpse of the Painting Secrets of the Old Masters of the Renaissance.” The workshop highlights the Mische technique, which creates the illusion of realism by using egg-tempera and oil glazes in layers to create a luminous and highly detailed painting. Cost for the workshop is $75, which includes materials and lunch. Contact the gallery to reserve a seat.
For more information about the Society for Art of Imagination, visit on the Web.