The Henry Gallery at Penn State Great Valley
Open to the public: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Story Quilts Exhibit
October 14 through December 13
The Henry Gallery
Linda Freeman creates mixed media works using paint, fabric and poetry. Each image exudes a different mood and emotional tenor. Freeman paints in high drama with surging form images that represent the powerful emotional residue of her life experiences.
Pennsylvania: Made of Steel
Gallery Reception Opening: Thursday, January 30, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Opening of two exhibits:
- Industrial Paintings by Klaus Grutzka
- Steel Sculptures
by Chester County Art Association Artists
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Many Things Considered: Works on Paper & Works in Wood
Exhibit Opening and Gallery Talk by Mark Sfirri: Thursday, March 27
Woodworker Mark Sfirri continually blurs the line separating woodturning from sculpture. Sfirri, who earned both his bachelor and master of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design, was heavily influenced by his mentor Tage Frid, who encouraged Sfirri to use his primary tool, the lathe, in new and creative ways. Sfirri uses the lathe to create conventional bowls and spindles, which he then manipulates using multi-centered spindles, and a series of crosscuts; the resulting pieces combine concave and convex surfaces with curvilinear contours. “As a furniture maker and sculptor much of my work centers around the wood lathe-turned object. Turned pieces, sometimes turned on several different axes, have allowed me to explore form in a spontaneous, mathematical, creative way.”
Well-known for his bold composition and meticulous attention to detail, Sfirri has collaborated on individual pieces with numerous other artists, including Michael Hosaluk and painter Robert Dodge. He has taught at Bucks County Community College since 1981 as an associate professor of fine woodworking. Sfirri has published numerous articles in journals such as American Woodworker, and Fine Woodworking. He is a sought-after lecturer and has given talks globally. He has been a guest of the French government, giving three-week courses instructing French turners in the art of lathe turning and has been a guest speaker at the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain Conference at the University of Warwick.
He has a strong interest in the woodworker Wharton Esherick and has written and lectured on the topic. His work has been reviewed and featured in Australian, British and Canadian publications and in many prominent newspapers and magazines in the United States. In 2012, he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Collectors of Wood Art.
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