Images 2021 Exhibition Gallery

Stacie Bird, Summer Kitchen

Summer Kitchen, a photograph by Stacie Bird, won the Images 2021 Best of Show Award.

The Images 2021 juried gallery exhibition features 62 works of art from Pennsylvania artists chosen by juror Betsey Batchelor.

The exhibition is made possible in part by sponsorships from the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County, State College Framing Company & Gallery, and the Sturtz-Davis family.

A virtual Awards Announcement will be held on Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 pm.  It is sponsored by CBICC and hosted by Schlow Centre Region Library with support from the Centre Foundation.  The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will award $1,800 in prizes. Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.

Click or tap on the images below to see larger versions. Many of the pieces are for sale.  Should you wish to purchase any of these works, please contact the Festival office at (814) 237-3682.

 Several of the photographs may be printed for you at different sizes for different prices.  Feel free to inquire.

Keith Bastianini

Keith Bastianini
Bethel Park, PA
Night Owls
15″x22″
digital art
$650

Avery Belser

Avery Belser
State College, PA
Spring Creek
16″x20″
photography
$200

R Thomas Berner, Stump

R Thomas Berner
Bellefonte, PA
Stump
9″x9″
photography
$95

R Thomas Berner, Rose

R Thomas Berner
Bellefonte, PA
Rose
12″x12″
photography
$95

R Thomas Berner, Morning Light

R Thomas Berner
Bellefonte, PA
Morning Light
13″x19″
photography
$95

Stacie Bird, Summer Kitchen

Stacie Bird
State College, PA
Summer Kitchen
20″x16″
photography
$175

Nancy Burch Brassington, Houses

Nancy Burch Brassington
Bellefonte, PA
Houses
36″x48″
oil on canvas
$3,000

Ellen Braun, Calvary Bird and Barn

Ellen Braun
State College, PA
Calvary Bird and Barn
17″x11″
photography
$35

Ellen Braun, Orange

Ellen Braun
State College, PA
Orange
17″x11″
photography
$35

Mary Eileen Carson, Am I Still Dreaming?

Mary Eileen Carson
Harrisburg, PA
Am I Still Dreaming?
8″x12″
photography
$50

Andrew Chalfen, Screaming Windows

Andrew Chalfen
Philadelphia, PA
Screaming Windows
36″x 48″
acrylic on canvas
$7,000

Lisa Cirincione, Loving Hands

Lisa Cirincione
State College, PA
Loving Hands
10″x10″
photography
NFS

Melinda Curley, See Your Light

Melinda Curley
Boalsburg, PA
See Your Light
48″x48″
acrylic on canvas
$7,500

Marty Edmunds, Salvage Sheltered Field Mouse

Marty Edmunds
Boalsburg, PA
Salvage Sheltered Field Mouse
40″x30″
oil on canvas
$1,000

Mark Farmer, Dynamo Shack

Mark Farmer
State College, PA
Dynamo Shack
24″x16″
photography
$325

Dotty Ford, There Was No Sound

Dotty Ford
State College, PA
There Was No Sound
mixed media on wood
12″x12″
$150

Dotty Ford, Held

Dotty Ford
State College, PA
Held
11″x8″
mixed media
$150

Kelly Green, Beau

Kelly Green
State College, PA
Beau
10″x8″
oil on linen
NFS

Brittney Hauke, Sedona Stars

Brittney Hauke
State College, PA
Sedona Stars
5″x8″
photography
$40

Jackson Henry, Fly in the Wind

Jackson Henry
State College, PA
Fly in the Wind
16″x16″
photography
$105

Janice Heverly, Summer Swans

Janice Heverly
Howard, PA
Summer Swans
22″x30″
watercolor
NFS

Janice Heverly, Some Things Old

Janice Heverly
Howard, PA
Some Things Old
21″x21″
watercolor
$1,250

Brandon Hirt, On the Road Again

Brandon Hirt
Ebensburg, PA
On the Road Again
36″x24″
photography
$350

Brandon Hirt, Snowy Trees

Brandon Hirt
Ebensburg, PA
Snowy Trees
24″x16″
photography
$250

Alexia Jack, Lady Slippers

Alexia Jack
Worthington, PA
Lady Slippers
30″x30″
oil on wood
NFS

Alexia Jack, Skull and Objects

Alexia Jack
Worthington, PA
Skull and Objects
9″x21″
oil on wood
NFS

Chenel Joseph, Hope

Chenel Joseph
State College, PA
Hope
80″x70″
oil on canvas
$10,000

Emma Kappel, Through the Zoom Window

Emma Kappel
State College, PA
Through the Zoom Window
13″x19″
photography
$200

Bernadette Kazmarski, Chocolate Bath

Bernadette Kazmarski
Carnegie, PA
Chocolate Bath
6.5″x6.5″
pastel
NFS

Jennifer Kelly, Nosy Dog

Jennifer Kelly
State College, PA
Nosy Dog
11″x7″
colored pencil
$800

Jennifer Kelly, Ry

Jennifer Kelly
State College, PA
Ry
10″x8″
ink marker
NFS

Peggy Klinger, Birches

Peggy Klinger
Pennsylvania Furnace, PA
Birches
30″x24″
oil on canvas
$1,100

Cinda Kostyak, River Warning

Cinda Kostyak
State College, PA
River Warning
24″x16″
oil on birch
$575

Liz Krick, Relentless

Liz Krick
Port Matilda, PA
Relentless
5″x7″
hand-pulled print
$350

Liz Krick, Still

Liz Krick
Port Matilda, PA
Still
5″x7″
hand-pulled print
$250

Matthew Krupp, Girl on the Rock

Matthew Krupp
Harrisburg, PA
Girl on the Rock
8″x10″
photography
$50

Candace Kubinec
Greensburg, PA
Acolytes
16″x13″
photography
$95

Candace Kubinec, Laundry Day

Candace Kubinec
Greensburg, PA
Laundry Day
16″x13″
photography
$95

Angela Lapioli, Paradigm Shift

Angela Lapioli
Hummelstown, PA
Paradigm Shift
24″x24″
oil and cold wax on wood
$500

Michael Leaver, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon

Michael Leaver
Doylestown, PA
Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
36″x36″
oil on linen
NFS

Michael Leaver, Well, My Friend, I'm Lonely Too

Michael Leaver
Doylestown, PA
Well, My Friend, I’m Lonely Too
24″x20″
oil on linen
NFS

Nicole Martinelli, Serenity Amongst the Sunflowers

Nicole Martinelli
Pittsburgh, PA
Serenity Amongst the Sunflowers
16″x20″
oil on canvas
$6,275

Jeffery Mathison, Tangle

Jeffery Mathison
Centre Hall, PA
Tangle
12″x16″
watercolor
$2,500

Anni Matsick, Passing Through

Anni Matsick
Boalsburg, PA
Passing Through
14″x12″
watercolor
NFS

David McCoy, Red Dodge

David McCoy
Hollidaysburg, PA
Red Dodge
25″x19″
oil on canvas
$1,200

David McCoy, Time Portal

David McCoy
Hollidaysburg, PA
Time Portal
33″x19″
oil on canvas
$700

Bonnie Neubauer, Clothesline

Bonnie Neubauer
Havertown, PA
Clothesline
9″x12″
mixed media collage
$500

Thomas Norulak, Needles Highway 1

Thomas Norulak
Pittsburgh, PA
Needles Highway 1
8″x10″
hand-printed etching
$350

Thomas Norulak, Needles Highway 2

Thomas Norulak
Pittsburgh, PA
Needles Highway 2
8″x10″
hand-printed etching
$350

Diane Paroda, From Smilko to Smock

Diane Paroda
State College, PA
From Smilko to Smock
20″x20″
mixed media collage
NFS

Gary Perdue, Blue Rhapsody

Gary Perdue
State College, PA
Blue Rhapsody
24″x24″
photography – print on metallic paper
$325

Mary Beth Ponitz, Red Poppy

Mary Beth Ponitz
North Huntingdon, PA
Red Poppy
20″x30″
photography
$300

Sean Raiser, Arms Around My Neck

Sean Raiser
Ephrata, PA
Arms Around My Neck
20″x20″
digitally created art
NFS

Sean Raiser, Tree, Felled

Sean Raiser
Ephrata, PA
Tree, Felled
20″x20″
digitally created art
NFS

James Rapone, Malformed Interior

James Rapone
Philadelphia, PA
Malformed Interior
6″x9″
mixed media collage
$250

John Sternbergh, Baboons

John Sternbergh
State College, PA
Baboons
12″x18″ (or printed smaller)
photography
$145

William Sweeney, Balancing Act

William Sweeney
Garnet Valley, PA
Balancing Act
18″x22″
pastel
NFS

Carolyn Todd-Larson, Brown's Station

Carolyn Todd-Larson
State College, PA
Brown’s Station
8″x12″ (or printed smaller)
photography
$75

Diane Turner, Triplets in White

Diane Turner
Kutztown, PA
Triplets in White
40″x30″
oil on canvas
$12,000

Jim Valent, Milo

Jim Valent
State College, PA
Milo
16″x24″
photography
$450

Bruce Wallace, Moonrise Over Bald Eagle Mountain

Bruce Wallace
Lock Haven, PA
Moonrise Over Bald Eagle Mountain
11″x14″
photography
$40

Wenqing Zhai, He doesn't know what's about to happen

Wenqing Zhai
State College, PA
He doesn’t know what’s about to happen
50″x40″
acrylic on canvas
$800

Award Winners

Best in Show:  Summer Kitchen by Stacie Bird    Sponsored by State College Framing Company & Gallery

William D. Davis Award:  Ry by Jennifer Kelly    Sponsored by the Sturtz-Davis Family

Best Pastel:  Balancing Act by William Sweeney    

Best Photograph:  Loving Hands by Lisa Cirincione

Award of Merit:  Am I Still Dreaming by Mary Eileen Carson

Award of Merit:  Needles Highway 1 by Thomas Norulak

Award of Merit:  Relentless by Liz Krick

Award of Merit: Summer Swans by Janice Heverly

Best Student Submission:  Skulls and Objects by Alexia Jack

Juror’s Statement

Thank you for the opportunity to view all the work that was submitted for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.  I enjoyed having the opportunity to see what people have been doing during this very challenging time with the COVID pandemic, and in a time where in many ways the country is divided.

I saw work that expressed isolation, loneliness, and political upheaval.  I saw work that may have served as a respite. As artists we know that art can sometimes save us.  We can go into the studio and turn away from the world, and there we can use our work to respond to our experience of the world or create an alternative world.  It requires that in some measure we turn inward and spend time within ourselves. For many, this is deeply restorative.

As you know, there was no theme to the exhibition and no prompt.  The work was very diverse, both in terms of medium and point of view. I did not curate an exhibition, I had no overarching objective or point I was trying to make.  I chose to consider each work closely on its own merits.  I viewed this as an opportunity to revisit my own values in assessing quality-something we each do as we consider what we hope to express and accomplish with our work. In this, I was reminded of a quote by Philip Guston who when asked about how he determines quality in work, replied “How many senses does it give to the questions what is it and where is it?” I think what I am always sniffing out in work is a kind of authenticity.  I believe that what we experience as we make work shows up in the work. The closer we can get to our felt response or point of fascination in the act of making the work, the more it can be experienced by the viewer.  On a good day, it is as though we disappear and become a conduit bringing into the world this thing we are after. The ego disappears and the work is not about us just through us.

I value work that also responds to the inherent nature of the medium. To see that a coat may be a coat but not just a coat. To see that a coat is also a shape, and a shape that interacts with other shapes, that it is a color and that color has an interplay with other colors, that it is a vertical and has diagonals that create a relationship with other diagonals, weaving together an interconnectedness that makes the work feel like an organism.  This goes back to what Guston talks about when he says “How many senses does it give the questions what is it and where is it.”

The jurying process was slow and careful and I revisited each work more times than I can count. I am sensitive to the shortcoming of looking at work digitally-scale is very important and I know large works in particular cannot be fully appreciated at a smaller scale. In the best possible world, jurying takes place with the original work, something not always feasible, especially this year and last year.

Identifying prizes and awards was particularly agonizing.  There were works included in the exhibition that I would have liked to be able to recognize but I ran out of awards! There are images of works from the exhibition that I loved and that I carry with me and revisit in my mind.

That seems to me to be the power of art!  Many thanks for sending me off with that gift.

Respectfully,

Betsey Batchelor

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