The "Varied Visions" of members of the Warren Art League will be on display at the Crary Art Gallery, 511 Market St., Warren, from Oct. 5 to 21. An opening reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, with music provided by Laura Whitten and John Bowler.
The 80 works by 20 talented local artists will span mediums from watercolor, oil and acrylic to photography, collage, mixed media, copper, wood sculpture and jewelry.
The annual show helps local artists show their work and build their talent.
Times Observer photos by Brian Ferry
Warren Art League member Eileen Bovard hangs a work by Wendy Neckers at the Crary Art Gallery in preparation for the Art League’s show.
By: Eileen Bovard
By (from left): Mark Davis, Eileen Bovard, and Marian Aranyos
By: LeeAnn Waterhouse
By (from right): Danielle Nuhfer, Judith Whittaker, and Jacque Caringola
By: Steven Warner
"Displaying one's work publicly allows the artist to develop confidence in themselves and their artwork," said Warren Art League president Diane DeLarme. "It also gives them the opportunity to network with an audience of artists and art lovers."
The networking and discussion at the opening reception and during the show itself offer viewers and artists a unique opportunity to bond.
"People love hearing stories of artist's work," DeLarme explained. "By sharing this information it bonds the viewer to the artist and the art piece."
The art league, which has had shows in many local venues - from Breeze Point Landing to the Warren County Courthouse lawn - is delighted to be at the beautiful Crary Art Gallery.
"The Warren Art League provides a great forum for local talents of all levels," explained Thomas Paquette, vice presidents of the Crary board and exhibitions coordinator. "They have a few shows each year in various places, and the variety of the art is the strongest aspect of these shows, like a room full of interesting people. At the Crary Art Gallery, they are wonderful to work with as they provide gallery sitters and even hang the show themselves. They draw people to the gallery, and we are happy to have them here these weeks. We hope lots of people come in to see their works!"
The league "could not have asked for a more perfect backdrop than the Crary Art Gallery to highlight their art," DeLarme said. "The natural light from above the glass ceiling and the numerous windows enhance all works of art. The gallery's architecture is a piece of art in itself."
The theme for this show, "Various Visions," reflects the "variety of mediums displayed and the eclectic accumulation of the pieces," DeLarme added. "The exhibition will be an interesting array of new works by the members of the" league.
This show is unique in its education aspect, both for the league and the gallery. Local school students travel to the gallery to view the show.
"The gallery may see as many as 300 students in a mid morning," DeLarme explained. "The children are very inquisitive and appreciative of the gallery and the art."
"On display may be some impressionist figurative paintings, but I feel confident saying that it will be a child friendly viewing," DeLarme added. "Teachers normally preview the gallery before scheduling the students day out."
We schedule only six exhibitions each year, Paquette added, and we plan to keep at least one of those as a locally focused show. In fact, we hope in 2014 to open it up beyond just members of the Warren Art League and have a juried show, giving an opportunity to even more local artists to show their art.
Admission to the Crary Art Gallery is free. The gallery is supported by contributions. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; and extended hours are observed from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. For more information and highlights for upcoming exhibits, visit www.crarygallery.org.