“From Scratch, My Thoughts, Through Time” Exhibit Opening
“Vocalization”, 2022, scratchboard on panel by Lynne Kibbe.
In May, the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center will feature three women in its galleries in a show collectively titled “From Scratch, My Thoughts, Through Time.” These exhibits will open with a reception from 2-4PM on Saturday, May 7th with light refreshments provided by the Friday Club. This exhibit is appropriate for all ages and the public is encouraged to attend the reception to congratulate these artists on their lifetime of work.
Lynn Kibbe from Trout Run will have a collection of recent scratchboard art titled “From Scratch” in part of the Main Gallery. Lynn has no formal art training and began with an interest in oil and watercolor painting. Since early 2009, she has created scratchboard art with a focus on particularity and dramatic light. Scratchboard is a very tedious medium, and it takes many weeks to complete just one art work. Lynn’s main focus is on horses, wildlife, and an occasional still life. Lynn is a Signature member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, where she shows regularly in their exhibits. She also shows at the Clinton County Arts Council’s Station Gallery and the Bald Eagle Art League’s exhibits. She donates regularly to many not-for-profit charities such as the SPCA, Beckoning Cat Project (Williamsport) and Appalachian Horse Help & Rescue (Linden). She plans to give 10% of her sales from this exhibit to Second Chance Animal Sanctuary to support their cause.
Letty Burd is a resident of Gaines and also a longtime member of the Wellsboro Art Club. A retrospective of her acrylic paintings called “My Thoughts” will also be on display in part of the Main Gallery. Letty is originally from Ohio and has been painting since she was a child. She received formal art training at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington and the San Francisco Art Institute. She has been an active member of the Wellsboro Art Club for years. Although her favorite artist is Van Gogh, Letty’s works are all original, from her imagination. She often sits with a blank canvas until inspiration strikes, and says that “Each painting inspires me to do the next.”
Longtime Wellsboro Art Club member Eileen Wilson of Middlebury Center will have a retrospective display of her watercolor, oil, acrylic, and china paintings titled “Though Time” in the Atrium Gallery. Eileen has been painting for 70 years, and continues to paint even though she is now 90 years old. Eileen has been a member of the Wellsboro Art Club since she and her family moved to the area in 1993. She has no formal training, but took classes from other artists, including Marcie Copley, from whom she learned how to paint china. Eileen even taught some classes herself. Her family is thrilled at this opportunity to display a lifetime’s worth of her artistic achievements.
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center galleries will be closed between exhibits from Monday, April 25th through Saturday, May 7th. “From Scratch, My Thoughts, Through Time” will be open from 12-6PM every day but Mondays from May 7 though May 29. The Gmeiner is located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro, behind the Green Free Library. Admission to the Gmeiner Galleries is always free.
For more information, please contact the director of the Gmeiner at (570) 724-1917 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing: Carrie Heath