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Drawings – Great Cranberry Island, September 2013

John David Wissler’s Drawings – Great Cranberry Island
September 3 to 30, 2013
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Thoughts from the Director

“When considering the work for this exhibition, I was reminded that drawings need not, and should not be limited to being viewed as only a “sketch” from which a painting evolves. We can re-state the obvious about the quickness and spontaneity of capturing a quick note for reference, but it would be a mistake not to recognize the required elements of composition, color and picture plane.

In one sense, I can look at Wissler’s drawings in the same way that I look at his paintings. They are both about a sense of place, space and time defined with the use of shape and color.  But, in the drawings, I see that the color has to be enticed to the surface.   I needed to allow myself to see the color as it emerged from Wissler’s use of the ink as opposed to the more obvious use of color in paint.  In a few of the drawings, he experiments with the use of red ink.  As you look at those particular drawings, see how he gently starts to pull back that pigment – making it comply.  It is his hand that works the color into the drawing, not the pigment of the ink.  There is a new bond created between artist and drawing medium.

The artist is no stranger to using the support (in this case – paper) to his advantage in composition or color.  With the drawings, he demands that the paper own even more of the final work.  Qualities of the paper and how much of it is used become as important as the ink in the end.  Fourteen of the works included in this exhibition are on treasured handmade English paper collected by Seymour Remenick during his service in WW II and later gifted to Wissler.  A command of balance between paper and ink is required from the beginning as there is no place in the drawing for the brush or layers of paint to compensate.

Complete and developed as any painting, these drawings present themselves as “a moment quickly captured” as they tease us away from our preconceived definitions.

Joyce G. Heberlein, Gallery Director

Artist statement by Donald Sam Sneeder

Artist statement by Donald Sam Sneeder whose exhibition continues in the gallery.

“I think of myself as an abstract painter, though not in the conventional sense. After the initial impact of recognizable imagery, it is the shapes, design and color that appeal to me. I use a lot of pattern and stylized objects combining the two. The two-dimensional backgrounds are as important as the subjects who often disappear into each other.

I want my work to have movement and energy. I’m always trying to make it fun for me and the viewer while conveying to them the sense of pleasure that I got creating each piece. I don’t really know where my work is going and I don’t want to be pigeonholed, either in my style, technique or subject matter. It just continues.

I’ve never found, until recently, a style or look that expresses the way I see things. It always had the look of – “it’s been done before”. In the past ten years I’ve been developing and expanding a technique I call Laminated Acrylic. The image is painted directly on glass in layers. Later the painting is “pulled” from the glass by adhering it to canvas. The finished painting is then stretched like any ordinary canvas.”

Gallery Artists Featured in Dec/Jan 2013 Issue of Plein Air Magazine


Eric Golias, Michael Allen, John David Wissler, and William Kocher talk about their ideas behind their landscape paintings in Contemporary Ideas about Surface & Spaces, an article in the Dec/Jan 2013 issue of Plein Air Magazine.

Tell Township, PA – Paintings by William Kocher

Our current exhibition of plein aire and studio paintings pushes the boundaries of composition and color.  Artist William Kocher invites the viewer to share his study of Pennsylvania landscape not just from the visual enticement, but with all the power and emotions it offers.  Visit our home page for a preview – exhibition open thru June 30, 2012.

Paintings – Early 2011 with JD Wissler

Wissler - Returning (Tilghman Island) 8x12 oil on paper
September 2 to October 1, 2011

Opening reception: Friday, September 2 at 5 pm

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