The library will be hosting The First Annual Juried Art Exhibition in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery during the month of July. Winners of the exhibition will be announced at the opening reception on July 1st from 7-8 pm. This event, sponsored by the Friends of Schlow Centre Region Library, will kick off Arts Festival month by celebrating all those who entered their work and our selected prize winners. The exhibition will extend into the community room and will run until the 31st.
The first annual juried exhibition is sheduled to run from July 1-31, 2010. All new and established artists, ages 16 and up who live within 25 miles of State College, PA. may submit up to two pieces for consideration; artists chosen to participate will be represented by one piece only.
Iranian artist Azadeh Amiri's figurative oil paintings will be on display in the Gallery from June 1st through the 29th. The eight hard years of war she experienced have given her a unique perspective on life, peace and war. With a style that echoes both ancient Persia and early 20th century France, Ms. Amiri's compositions and palette are fresh, calming and a treat for the eyes. Be sure to schedule yourself a little extra time to enjoy this exhibition.more info
The Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery will feature the photorealistic watercolor paintings of Judith Bogert throughout the month of May. Ms. Bogert began painting in 1999, studying watercolor under local artist and teacher Ruth Kempner. Drawn to "The way in which the paints develop a life of their own, exploding and recombining on the page," her mastery over this difficult medium is clearly evident in A Second Bloom and Meals Ready to Eat. She is a regular exhibitor in the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and in numerous local galleries.
Cazia Bradley is a local artist with a whimsical imagination that is clearly evident in her work. Her black and white lithographs of fun and freaky creatures--appropriately titled "April Foolies"--are featured in the newly named Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery. Drawing inspiration from prehistoric cave paintings, Vincent Van Gogh, and modern artists like Paul Klee and Jean Debuffet, Bradley's prints challenge us to a game of sorts: what do you see? Be sure to bring the kids and stop by the children's department too where there are Xerox copies of the prints for coloring.
- Artist William Daup's portraits of The Muses will be on display in the Gallery during the month of February. Rendered in oil on canvas, both popular culture icons and historical figures have inspired Mr. Daup to create haunting contrasts of light and shadow. Friends of Mr. Daup have arranged an opening reception for the 2nd of February, from 6-8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.more info
- January may bring snow and ice to Happy Valley, but inside the library, there is a hint of the Southwest hanging in the gallery. Don't miss the opputunity to view the colorfully abstract work of local artist John Ziegler. The show will run from the 2nd to the 29th.more info
- Winter may be closing in, but bleak forecasts and gray skies will be swept away while viewing the soft, traditional watercolors hanging this month in the library's gallery. Artist Sofia Austin studied under the painter Libe de Zultagui and her work radiates the heat and vibrancy of her birth country, Columbia. Don't miss this oppurtunity to chase away the winter blahs! The exhibit will hang from December 1st to December 30th.more info