Five artists will share their creative visions with viewers at the Art Association’s galleries in “Linear Juxtapositions,” Dec. 1 through Jan. 4.
The exhibition, sponsored by Board member David W. Volkman, begins with a reception hosted by Tracey Meloni and John Keck on Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. mMusic at the reception will be by The Orange House Quartet.
“Linear Juxtapositions” will feature wood sculptures by Jim Caulfield of Harrisburg, pastels by G. Mark Schwager of Lemoyne, mixed media by Pamela J. Souders of Lewisburg, ink/watercolour/graphite drawings by Wendy S. Sweigart of Harrisburg, and digital photographs by John Wright of Newville. All incorporate linear elements, but have widely divergent techniques and media.
Caulfield states that “an appreciation of the structure and character of nature, coupled with experiences from a professional architectural career, “ have led him to a more artistic approach to 3-D design using natural materials. Caulfield’s attraction to a rustic style has been influenced by the simple design of cultural artifacts and natural resources experienced through his travels and exposure to different cultures, as well as contrasts in landscapes and materials. He has exhibited in area shows, and has been involved in “Art in the Wild” at Wildwood Lake in Harrisburg.
G. Mark Schwager
Schwager, an artist and architect, will always be a “student of art,” he avers. He enjoys exploring different media as a means of expressing his place in the natural world, including pastels, oils, watercolours, ceramics and fused glass on copper. His artistic expressions have included portraiture, landscapes, pottery, metal sculpture and printmaking, and he once was a portraiture instructor for AAH. Schwager, who holds a Graduate Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, went on to earn a degree in Architecture from Temple University.
Pamela J. Souders
Souders says that “light and colour interact in intricate and varying ways, with the natural and architectural shapes in the visual world.” Her painting explores both the simplicity and complexity of those interactions. Souders uses gouache, acrylic and other water-based paints on textured paper or unprimed canvas to create a non-reflective surface. Her colours, both subtle and bright, interact with bold shapes and delicate lines and curves,and she enjoys juxtaposing an organic surface with more defined geometric shapes and shadowy lines. She has exhibited in a myriad juried shows and many galleries in PA and beyond.
Sweigart says that “drawing is a forum for exploring ways I navigate through this journey called life.” She goes on to say, “A barometer of sorts, the act of demarcation on a surface provides direct insight into the way I feel at any given moment.” Her work displays a gentle balance between order and disorder, structure and freedom, visible and invisible, and her drawings teeter back and forth between amorphous shapes and structured forms. Sweigart, who holds her MA in art education from Messiah College, has taught at Susquehanna Township High School, PA College of Art and Design, and was the Museum Education Director at Susquehanna Art Museum from 2005 through 2013.
Wright, photographer, states that his art is an examination of our culture through the buildings and infrastructure that we produce, documenting the “human landscape.” He uses a “Formalist” approach in seeking images that speak their own stores and convey their past to the present. Wright combines his professional background in photojournalism and studio illustration to provide a unique approach to his photography.
Becoming interested in photography in high school, Wright became a Navy Photographer in 1973, acquiring experience in advanced photography principles and techniques. He completed the Military Photojournalism at Syracuse University in 1977, and worked as a military photojournalist until 1983. After leaving the Navy, John Wright worked in advertising photography, and in Washington, DC, he was a hoto laboratory specialist for an international aerial mapping firm. In 2009, he opened his own studio in Carlisle, and since 22016, he works as a full-time artist.
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