Last Tuesday, 65 students from the Arts College held a scavenger hunt in the gallery as part of their First Common Hour event. After a brief introduction by Director Richard Rinehart, students combed through the gallery’s exhibition Summer Salon: 160 Years of Art Collecting.The search included completing a number of tasks such as finding the painting with the most text and counting the number of ties in the collection (bow ties counted, but not cravats). The event was a great way for the students to become acquainted with both each other and the Samek Art Gallery.
On Saturday the 27th, the Downtown Art Gallery hosted a pop up car show to celebrate the opening of its new exhibit, Cheryl Kelley: Detailed. The public event included classic cars on display in front of the gallery and traditional picnic fare. A number of people braved the foreboding skies to enjoy the art, food, and vote for their favorite car.
Cheryl Kelly’s works consist of photorealistic paintings of vintage American cars on display. The photographic quality of the paintings is impressive, and speaks to Kelley’s technical ability. However, Kelley’s work offers something greater than a simple demonstration of skill. She brings a unique feminine perspective to a subject matter often dominated by a masculine mythos. I personally enjoyed the reflections on the cars. They often contain fellow spectators bringing a level of intimacy to the pieces.
The event provided the perfect atmosphere to appreciate Kelley’s paintings through a blend of classic cars and summer themed refreshments. The classic cars shown, a 53 Chevy, 57 Chevy Belair, and a 64 Cadillac El Dorado, provided examples of the muscle that long represented the American automotive industry. A painting in the show even depicted one of the displayed cars. In the presence of the actual cars, her perspective was a great deal easier to discern. At first it was difficult to imagine how within these masculine machines, where every aspect appears to focus on size and power, there exist feminine forms. Yet after a brief moment of viewing the cars in person, the smooth curves highlighted in Kelley’s work began to materialize. Having the subject matter at hand not only allowed for a better glimpses into the artist’s inspiration, but also made for great fun.
The event was a success in large part to everyone who attended. Thank you. Cheryl Kelley: Detailed will be exhibited until September 29th at the Downtown Art Gallery on Market St. across from the Campus Theatre.
Looking to get your caffeine dose, art fix, and to support a new local business–all in one place? Look no further than the Downtown Art Gallery! On Saturday, February 23, stop in the gallery any time between 10am and noon to try various coffee blends from Extrava Market, which opened a new location in December 2012 at 322 Market Street in downtown Lewisburg. The team from Extrava will be on site demonstrating several brewing processes–see if you can discern the subtle differences in taste among them! Food pairing suggestions will also be provided.
Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite mug from home, preferably one which is chipped or stained to tie in with the current exhibition Anna Kell: Pentimenti. Kell works with found objects, such as discarded furniture, embellishing and expanding imperfections such as stains.
Take in the work of a local artist and sample coffee from a local business on Saturday, 2/23 from 10am to noon– and don’t forget to BYOM!
The chilly weather and winter snow can mean only one thing for Downtown Lewisburg: The 10th Annual Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival. The Downtown Art Gallery, located at 416 Market Street, is excited to announce their participation in Saturday afternoon’s children’s games in Hufnagle Park, sponsored by Sunset Rotary and Early Care & Education LEARN Team Union/Snyder County.
In honor of the Ice Festival, the gallery will offer free ice painting stations in the park. This family-friendly activity allows children (beginning at age 3) or the kid at heart in all adults, to paint with frozen blocks of colored ice. Each ice painting table will provide aprons, paper, and colored ice cubes for each participant to enjoy. Alongside gallery staff, the Gallery Engagement Team of Bucknell University, will assist individuals getting started on their ice adventure!
While you are downtown enjoying other Ice Festival activities, such as the Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Lewisburg Sunset Rotary, Yuengling, and Puirseil’s Irish Pub, or the Polar Bear Plunge, make sure to stop into the Downtown Art Gallery! The gallery will be open from 12:00pm-5:00pm on Saturday featuring the work of Bucknell’s Associate Professor of Art, Anna Kell in her latest exhibition Pentimenti.
Santa’s Secret Workshop: Gift Wrapping! Holiday Treats! Caroling!
Co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Services at Bucknell University
During downtown Lewisburg’s annual “Miracle on Market” late-night shopping program, the Downtown Art Gallery (416 Market Street) will partner with the office of Multicultural Student Services to present: Santa’s Secret Workshop! The gallery will transform into a bustling site of gift wrapping, holiday treats, and caroling for this one-night only holiday event.
Our co-programmers, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, will provide a group of “Santa’s Helpers” to assist Lewisburg late-night shoppers with gift wrapping. The public is welcome to drop off their purchases and return later to pick up their packages wrapped and ready for the tree! If you’d like to take a shopping break with us, the gallery will be serve holiday treats and hot cocoa, all set within our current exhibition, “The Travelogue of Dr. Brain Damages.”
No box is too big, no gift is too small for these elves! Our thirteen helpers welcome the opportunity to assist the Lewisburg community in preparation for the Season of Giving! Donations for all gift wrapping services will help fund The Unfinished Journey: A Civil Rights Alternative Spring Break Trip to Memphis, Tennessee. This travel opportunity offers Bucknell students the rare and exciting chance to explore the ongoing legacy of the Civil Rights Movement through performing community service and visiting historic sites such as: The National Civil Rights Museum and the Stax Museum.
The gallery will also welcome several of Bucknell University’s acapella groups. They will perform your favorite holiday carols under the glowing marquee of the Campus Theatre. Performances/request to begin at approximately 7:30pm.