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A landmark retirement, in more ways than one – 50,000 more, in fact!

Marked by milestones, a reception in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday night cast a unique net of celebrations. For starters, two revered Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members marked their upcoming retirements with an exhibit of recent artwork, and with nearly 100 people flocking to the artists’ reception, the gallery commemorated its 50,000th visitor during the event. Guests also savored socializing and the return of light fare and refreshments served by the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant – a hallmark of gallery receptions that has not been possible since before the pandemic began more than two years ago. The sense of celebration was palpable.

Vanderlin (left) and Stabley take in their pre-retirement moment.
Vanderlin (left) and Stabley take in their pre-retirement moment.

In the spotlight was “Journey and Transformation: The Careers of David Stabley & Keith Vanderlin,” showcasing the ceramics, wood sculptures and photography of two talented art educators. The exhibit is on display on the third floor of The Madigan Library through May 6.

Stabley and Vanderlin each delivered an artist’s talk, sharing their journeys and appreciation for their families, friends and workplace. Both reflected on the experimental environment in which they’ve had the pleasure of teaching – and learning alongside students and colleagues. Although retiring at the end of the current academic year, neither plan to “fully” retire, citing too much energy and inspiration to slow down their artistic explorations. (And Stabley will continue to teach at the college in an adjunct capacity.)

Arriving to honor her former faculty members, 2016 graphic design graduate Jamie L. Mahoney was surprised to learn she was the 50,000th visitor to The Gallery at Penn College. Gallery Director Penny Griffin Lutz shared the happy news and a Le Jeune Chef gift card with the alumna.

“It’s fun to take the time during a milestone like this to ponder the many shows the gallery has presented and the artists that have visited campus,” Lutz said. “The Gallery at Penn College has hosted over 100 exhibitions in just under 16 years. The first solo show in the new Madigan Library in 2006 featured the sculptures of David Hostetler; over 1,000 people viewed his work. Our current exhibit, ‘Golden Legacy: Original Art from 75 Years of Golden Books‘ has had over 900 visitors to date (with a few days left to view); it’s been a great show to both introduce or reintroduce the gallery to visitors after two challenging years.”

Offering her perspective on the gallery and its milestone, Mahoney said, “I have always loved The Gallery at Penn College. The space is gorgeous and the exhibits are always fascinating. Arts and technology have a symbiotic relationship. Therefore, I believe it is important to have exposure to art exhibits on campus, especially at a technical school. I’m honored to be the 50,000th visitor at the gallery, especially since I am a 2016 Penn College grad from the graphic design program.”

The 50,000th visitor! Appropriately enough, Penn College graphic design alumna Jamie L. Mahoney won the honors (and a Le Jeune Chef gift card). She is seen here with her husband, Tom C., senior research analyst with the college’s Assessment, Research & Planning department.
The 50,000th visitor! Appropriately enough, Penn College graphic design alumna Jamie L. Mahoney won the honors (and a Le Jeune Chef gift card). She is seen here with her husband, Tom C., senior research analyst with the college’s Assessment, Research & Planning department.

Mahoney is the graphic designer for the James V. Brown Library, in Williamsport, and the North Central Library District, comprised of 44 libraries in 11 counties. She also operates her own art and design business, Stone Root Studio.

“Golden Legacy” is on display in the main gallery through March 30. Two student exhibitions will conclude the Spring 2022 semester: “Architecture & Sustainable Design: Senior Capstone Projects,” April 8-15, and “Graphic Design 2022: Senior Portfolio Exhibition,” April 26 through May 6.

The Gallery at Penn College is open 2 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. (The gallery is closed on Saturdays.) Prior to visiting, guests should view the college’s Continuity of Operations Plan page for current guidelines related to the pandemic.

For more about The Gallery at Penn Collegeemail or call 570-320-2445.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor

 

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