Crary Gallery hosts solo shows with local photographer and Chatham University professor

The opening reception for a solo photography exhibition and a solo show for a mixed media artist will be held at the Crary Art Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 8. The reception, as with the gallery, is free and open to the public.

The solo show for Warren-based photographer Ian Ashbaugh fills three galleries with images from his international travels. “Focused on Nature” includes majestic landscapes of Greenland and Iceland and diverse and colorful birds and wildlife from two continents. Very large format photographs dominate the stone walls of the Crary’s skylighted gallery. Other works occupy the main gallery and adjacent Gallery B.

Ashbaugh show coordinator, Mark Evans, said “The Crary Gallery is excited to be exhibiting Ian’s photographs in this upcoming show. His images of the varied wildlife and sweeping, majestic scenery of Tanzania, Greenland, and Iceland will be of interest to everyone, but perhaps especially lovers of wildlife and international travel.”

Rich Brown, a Pittsburgh artist and professor at Chatham University, presents his show “The Tin Man and the Somnabulist.” The concept for his formalist constructions provided a way for him to explore and celebrate the different languages of his art. The Tin Man wants emotions and feelings to soften and warm his cold, mechanical grids. The Somnabulist seeks a sense of order to give meaning and firm ground to his chaotic existence.

Pat Evans, coordinator for Rich Brown’s exhibition, notes that Brown is perhaps first and foremost a printmaker. She said, “Many of his canvases start with a block or tile format with color and texture added to tell a story. His passion for printmaking was evident during the delivery of his works when he first saw the gallery’s Dore blocks.”

In addition to the current solo exhibitions, the Dore print blocks, donated by the Seastead family from Warren, Pennsylvania are on permanent display. Photographs from the extensive collection of C.J. Crary and sculptures by Marion Sanford, displayed at the gallery courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society, are also on permanent display at the Crary.