A Place Called Home: Scenes from Central PA

Opening reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 7 – 9 pm Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S Fraser St. State College, PA 16801

On view: April 7, 2017 – 29, 2017

As its residents know, Centre County Pennsylvania is made up of aesthetically unique sights, sounds, tastes and culture. Comprised of vast plains, historic structures and big skies that change with the seasons, there is a wealth of beauty to be found in the community and within our natural surroundings. In “A Place Called Home: Scenes from Central PA”, eight Centre Country artists dedicate their practice to capturing the effervescent spirit of this magnificent landscape. Through varying processes and with unique perspectives, they share with us the essence of what it means to call Centre County “home”.  

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Virginia Belser

Artist Statement In my paintings I am trying to capture the essence of the atmosphere… to tell the story of the prevailing mood of the place I’m painting. And, depending upon the conditions such as light, clouds, wind, time of year, and time of day, the same location can be… Read more

Suzanne DeSarbo

Artist Statement Suzanne DeSarbo lives in the beautiful Penns Valley.  She studied with Clint Bradley at the Wallingford Art Center, Ruth Kempner at the Central PA Art Alliance, Chuck Hall of Colburn, and Karl Leitzel of Millheim.  She has taken numerous pastel workshops sponsored by the Central PA Pastel Society.… Read more

Susan Nicholas Gephart

Artist Statement Susan Nicholas Gephart developed a deep appreciation of the earth and its relationship to art when she was a young child. Her passion to explore out door painting, or “plein air” painting is expressed through a unique use of color, texture, and atmosphere, capturing the landscape with spontaneity… Read more

Anne Kenyon

Artist Statement Anne Kenyon is an artist who has worked in a variety of media, including watercolor, handmade paper and most recently in pastel.  Her work is primarily landscapes with a focus on local scenes, farms and gardens.  For many years she worked in handmade paper collage, making her own… Read more

Laurence Liu

Artist Statement I chose drawing and watercolor to express the life of the residents of State College, especially the peaceful air and light among those quiet houses and green gardens. The dialogue between the geometry lines and natural organic plant is worthy of my painting language to sing.   Read more

Jeanne McKinney

Artist Statement I work primarily outdoors, directly in nature, trying to capture the uniqueness and essence of a scene. A connection may be inspired by an attraction to a particular place, the interplay of light and shadow, the soothing sound of a riffle or waterfall, the feel of  a rocky… Read more

Barb Pennypacker

Artist Statement My love of farms, old barns and the beautiful rolling countryside of central Pennsylvania is the inspiration behind my paintings. Commissions from the owners of Bear Meadows Farm, a grass-fed dairy farm, brought dairy cows into my artistic genre. When painting these gentle animals, getting their eyes just… Read more

Lena Thynell

Artist Statement I began watercolor painting about twenty years ago at Gerlesborg Art School in Sweden. At this art school, I was educated by many of the very best Swedish watercolor artists. This education has intensified after moving to the USA five years ago. I live in Central Pennsylvania, where… Read more

Denise Wagner

Artist Statement Denise Wagner paints and photographs the disappearing beauty of the natural world around her. She is a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists. She paints vanishing pastoral, woodland, and farmland scenes in acrylic and pastel. She also paints animals that live in woodland areas.   Read more