Born That Way
The word “natural” has been so abused by manufacturers seeking to redeem their factory-processed conveniences, it’s become just another empty-calorie filled marketing gimmick. Once upon an ancient time the word was derived from Latin root word for birth (nacor) and suggested the essential or innate properties of something. As our habited world grows increasingly artificial, “nature” has come to stand for anything left unmanipulated by man.
Nine of the region’s most respected artists known for environmental subjects will share their more recent visual meditations on the natural world in a new exhibit opening in Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery on Saturday. Artists showing in natureSEEN include mixed media and installation artist John Bromberg, ceramic artist Nannette Burti, photographers Susan Scranton Dawson and Marguerite I. Fuller, illustrator Trudy Gerlach, painters Earl W. Lehman and Leigh Pawling, printmaker, painter, and mixed media artist, Karl O. Neuroth, and sculptor and glass artist Karen Reid. Many of the artists will speak about the work at a public gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m.
Also opening this week in the Suraci Gallery on the second level of the university’s Shields Center for Visual Arts is a colorful collection of instinctive, exploratory Renée Emanuel still-lifes titled Talisman. A reception featuring live music by Rogue Chimp will be held in celebration of both exhibit openings on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. While natureSEEN is only on display through Nov. 18, Talisman will remain on display until Dec. 2. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. weekends. Call 348-6278 x 2428 for more information or visit www.marywood.edu/galleries.
More Than Nude
A new exhibit of light-filled landscapes and figure paintings by Brian Keeler running through Oct. 31 at the Orazio Salati Gallery in Binghamton, N.Y., serves to mark the debut of a new instructional DVD by the Wyalusing-based artist. The three-disc course focuses on the drawing and painting of the nude. Keeler described the disc in recent correspondence as “very comprehensive …covering the process of doing studies in oil an charcoal with explanations about perspective, color and historical influences.” A series of five short videos of the artist at work in his studio on a recent oil figure painting on linen of a model staged in an Umbria (Italy) morning sun bath can be viewed on his website at www.briankeeler.com.
The Orazio Salati Gallery is located at 204 State Street (returning visitors will want to look across the street from the venue’s previous location) Call (607) 760-9766 with questions or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s in a nom de plume? Scranton-born photographer Kathryn Scott Adams chose to honor both of her artistically-inclined parents (Ruth Palmer Conrad) and (LeRoy Lucian Scott Jr.) with the professional alias Lucian Palmer. Inspired by the historic vessels housed at Scranton’s Steamtown National Historic Site, Adams captured the rich, rusted colors and textures of their neglected forms in a digital format using high dynamic range (HDR) with an extended tonal spectrum of highlight and shadow for a greater intensity of definition. Select images from her portfolio will be displayed in a new exhibition titled Ghost Trains of Scranton in the historic site’s Changing Exhibits Gallery Nov. 4 through the end of the year. Admission is included in the park’s standard admission fee.
Describing the artist’s HDR process, critic Colleen Creamer (B&W + Color Magazine) offered, “To better convey a sense of the trains’ powerful character and time-tempered beauty, Adams combined different exposures of the same subject, which gives her photographs an almost vertiginous depth. This is especially apparent in images like “Ghost Car,” which pulls the eye irresistibly down a long, narrow corridor, past a jumble of upended, decaying seats, to a door at the far end leading to another compartment and another corridor, as if one were traveling further and further back in time.”
Steamtown National Historic Site is located in downtown Scranton on Cliff Avenue off Lackawanna Avenue. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 340-5200 or visit www.nps.gov/stea for more information.