Then & Now: the Art of Sue McFadden

Don't miss a new exhibition in the Allen Gallery of Schlow Library. Works in various media by local artist, Sue McFadden, will be on display throughout the month of March.

McFadden is a long-time artist and resident of both State College and Washington, D.C. 

"Presented here are my efforts to create art over the last four decades. ‘Then’ is the early to mid-80’s period. I was studying art post graduate at Penn State University. ‘Now’ represents my re-entry into painting in 2013 to the present. Many changes in my work and life. Art was the one constant I could go to and it fulfills me in a very deep way. For the past thirty years or so my husband and I lived between State College and the Washington DC/VA area.

My husband and partners were owners/proprietors of four restaurants. Two pizza and two wood grills. You may know our last restaurant in operation, Faccia Luna here in State College.

I was always grateful for my creative periods, whether it was taking a class or painting things important to me at the time. In between all the artwork was craft work. My mother and I created cloth dolls and, after her passing in 1995, I created my original felt dolls, which ended in 2008. Going into my sixth decade, the desire to paint and draw came back to me. I took many online classes and studied with some fine artists. You could say I was always a good student and many of these works are products of my studies.

It is my joy to share my art with you. I hope you enjoy and get something out of it. To me art is sacred ground, a silent language. All you have to do as the viewer is to absorb. Really simple and a source of soul food don’t you think?

Thank you to Schlow Library for this opportunity to exhibit my works. Beautiful teachers I have studied with include Chuck Hall, Stuart Frost, Dennis Perrin, Mary Benz Wilkerson and so many more! Thanks to my patron, my husband Bill, and my dear friend Christina Clair for encouragement and assistance putting up my exhibit."

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