Gregory Blue Exhibit at Lynden Gallery (other featured artists)May 14th, 2012 | By Lisa Clemens | Category: Front Page, News
LYNDEN GALLERY PRESENTS a series of paintings by Gregory Blue spanning a decade, allowing the viewer the opportunity to see the painter’s ethereal work evolve and transform in space and time. The exhibition opens to the public Friday, May 11th, remaining through the month of July. The gallery is pleased to feature new work, by nationally recognized BRAD STROMAN, a native of Elizabethtown. The work of Elizabethtown Area High School senior Kaleidoscope Award winner, Hannah Meier will be presented during this period as well.
GREGORY BLUE’s, “…. the forest through the trees,” challenges our perceptions of what is real, what matters, and the ever-changing landscape of our lives. Trees metaphorically express our evolving lives, and the container of reality we place them in. Having spent the last 15 years painting impressionistic landscapes of trees, stylized and simplified, exploring the nuances of color, Gregory’s work speaks to the certainty of change. He says of this passage in life,
“….once again, I am brought face to face with the ephemeral nature of our existence, reinforcing the fact that change is all we can ever depend on in our lives. Sometimes… change can provide comfort we would not otherwise have known.”
THIS BODY OF WORK provides a breadth of expanse, both in time and in space. Much of Blue’s imagery is derived from dreams, rather than capturing exact representation of a place, in an “attempt to capture those themes that resonate in everyone.” There is spontaneity and an intimacy possible in this subconscious approach to painting, and a language that lies beneath the surface. “It is the constant redefinition of the boundary between abstract” and representational work that allows for free interpretation of his surroundings.”
BORN IN PENNSYLVANIA in 1955, Gregory Blue studied Painting and Design at the York Art Academy. Over the last thirty-three years he has worked at various commercial design disciplines and held various teaching positions while continuing to pursue his painting career. Currently he manages his own design practice, working commercially as a graphic designer while continuing to paint and exhibit fine art.
BLUE HAS EXHIBITED in various venues throughout the middle/northeastern states, most notably the Historic Yellow Springs in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His work in held in numerous permanent collections including Johnson and Johnson, East Brunswick, NJ; Jackson National Life Insurance Co, Lansing, MI; Kidder and Peabody, Philadelphia, PA; Liberty Development Corporation, Harrisburg, PA; Eastbum and Gray, Doylestown, PA; Chester Valley Country Club, Frazer, PA; and the Lancaster Arts Hotel Gallery, Lancaster, PA.
BRAD STROMAN, long time favorite of Lynden Gallery collectors and a former art teacher at Lower Dauphin School District, moved to Asheville, North Carolina to retire in 2009. The spirituality, openness, and creative haven the Smoky Mountains provided fresh inspiration and a community that caters to the Arts. As such, he’s found increasing success professionally, with additional gallery representation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Boulder, Colorado.
COMMON OBJECTS, such as leaves, pebbles, shells, a piece of twine or barbed wire are subject matter for this Zen Wabi-Sabi inspired painter, and are executed with the brush of a master illustrator. This visual language instills a reminder to the viewer to stop… take a moment… breathe… and really see what is at their feet. Typically crunched underfoot with no notice, Stroman’s meticulous articulation begs one to take note.
“As the great American painter Georgia O’Keeffe once remarked, ‘When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.’ It is this same intimate moment,” he says, “I hope touches the soul of those who view them my work.”
STROMAN, A NATIVE OF Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, grew up the son of a sign painter, comfortable in the expressive medium of paint and panel. He went on become an educator, emphasizing the need with his students for “a strong foundation in the study of application of realistic and representational drawing,” a philosophy which extended to his own work. Over the years his choice of medium has extended from graphite and colored pencil, to acrylic on panel, and ceramics, environmental care and concern central to his message.
THE HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM, in Yonkers, New York, included Stroman’s work in a 2011 exhibition entitled “Paintbox Leaves: Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth.” Two of his paintings were part of this catalogued showcase of 100 paintings by such artists as Milton Avery, Thomas Hart Benton, and Frederic Edwin Church. More recently his work was published in North Carolina periodicals including Carolina Home, in an article titled “Let the Circle Be Broken”, and as cover artist for The Laurel of Asheville.
KALEIDOSCOPE AWARD WINNER, Hannah Meier, a graduating Senior at Elizabethtown Area High School will have selected works from her portfolio on display through the month of July. This is the Fifth Annual Kaleidoscope Award given by the Lynden Gallery to a graduating senior pursuing the visual arts. Last year, the gallery introduced the “Betty G. Long Kaleidoscope Award” to a young woman exhibiting strong leadership skills and planning future study in music.
HANNAH MEIER has always been interested in art and sought any opportunity to experiment with different forms of media – from clay and 3-D design to photography. Although she appreciates any medium, she gravitates toward acrylic and graphite, and likes to incorporate intense contrast and bright colors into work that is highly imaginative and fun. She plans to attend Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania to major in Speech Communication.
CAITLIN WILSON has performed with the high school concert band on clarinet and bass clarinet, tenor saxophone with the jazz band, and multiple instruments in the pit orchestra for musical productions. She was selected for the PMEA District 7 Lower Band Festival after qualifying for County Band. Caitlin will be attending Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania to pursue a major in Music Therapy.
A PARLOR CONCERT featuring THE STRAY BIRDS will be hosted by Lynden Gallery, Thursday, June 21. This popular loft venue provides an intimate concert experience, with seating limited to 30. Hailing from southeastern Pennsylvania, the group has crafted an original sound that draws upon the richness of folk music traditions. The multi-instrumental trio, Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Joseph Muench will surely captivate the privileged audience. Reservations are required, with payment to the gallery of $15.00. Kindly call the gallery at 717.367.9236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
LYNDEN GALLERY is open Wednesday thru Friday, 10:00 to 5:00, Saturday, 10:00 to 3:00, with additional hours by chance or appointment. One of central Pennsylvania’s largest commercial fine art galleries, the gallery also offers complete custom framing and restoration services. Proprietor Lisa Clemens provides interior design and project management services, specializing in adaptive reuse projects and incorporating art in the environment.
The gallery is handicap accessible and parking is readily available street-side for a nickel. Contact the gallery by calling 717.367.9236, or email email@example.com. Kindly visit the website at www.lyndengallery.com or the Lynden Gallery Blog, eat well and buy more art, for more information.