Region's artistic diversity reflected in gallery's pool of talent
Most photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor; others by Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer
Many visitors drove many miles this past Sunday to view more than 100 works of art created by area artists. The reception for “100 Miles: The 2023 Regional Juried Exhibition” drew nearly 300 art lovers to The Gallery at Penn College, a crowd that included 90 of the 101 featured artists.
“Sunday’s reception was a wonderful celebration of the arts!” said Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director. “I was excited to see the sense of camaraderie among the artists, the support of the artists’ friends and family, and the turnout from the general public. It was a meaningful day for all.”
“100 Miles” is on display through July 20 in the gallery, located on the third floor of The Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Fridays and Saturdays, and will be closed July 2-5.
Artists residing within 100 miles of Williamsport were invited to submit work for the exhibition. More than 500 individual works were submitted, with 108 pieces selected.
The reception featured an awards ceremony, casting the spotlight on 11 of the artists. All of the awards were selected by the juror, Elizabeth Gourlay.
First Place ($750)
- Carol Ann Simon Cillo, of Williamsport, for “Coat of the Empath,” mixed-media wearable art
Second Place ($500)
- Steve Brady, of Trout Run, for “Moment of Zen,” photograph
Third Place ($250)
- Brock Dent, of Danville, for “I Don't Blame You,” oil on panel and canvas
Honorable Mention ($200)
- Jackie Thomas, of Williamsport, for “Humanity: I Am, We Are!,” textile
Juror’s Award of Excellence (each receiving a $50 gift certificate to an art store):
- Meredith Eachus Armstrong, of Danville, for “Moving On,” paper collage
- Brian Druckenmiller, of Trout Run, for “The Golden Lining,” oil on canvas
- Andrea Finch, of Chambersburg, for “Echinacea Purpurea I,” textile
- Michael Hower, of Enola, for “Solitary Watch,” photograph
- Philip Huber, of Lock Haven, for “Rift Valley, Thingvellir, Iceland 1,” scratchboard
- Shatana M. Griffin, of Lock Haven, for “George Floyd: May 25, 2020,” oil on canvas
- Mark Mahosky, of Mifflinburg, for “The Roulette Farm,” acrylic and charcoal on paper