Converge Gallery is pleased to announce another exciting event at the gallery that coincides with their latest exhibition "Sinners & Saints." 

On Thursday, November 29, stop by the gallery at 7:00 pm to hear the stories, techniques and more behind the work presently on display by veteran artist and teacher, Roger Shipley.

Shipley is a Pennsylvania artist who utilizes drawings, oil and watercolor paintings, prints and sculpture. The work presently on display showcases his multi-plate viscosity etchings, and cast hydrocal, marble and bronze pieces.

About Roger Shipley Shipley was born in Cleveland Ohio in 1941. He was interested in art at a very early age and worked with wood, making various objects and with water-based mediums, making two-dimensional pieces. Shipley was encouraged to take summer classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he took design and life drawing classes. In high school he took various art courses and was quite sure that he wanted to go on in art.

Shipley's college experience at Otterbein College, 1960 to 1964, introduced him to serious study in two and three dimensional art and art history. Shipley also took the opportunity to study at the Columbus Art Institute and the Fontainebleau School of Music and Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France where he took additional drawing and painting courses. After graduating from Otterbein with a major in Art and a minor in French, Shipley went to the Cleveland Institute of Art, for additional study in painting and sculpture. In 1965, he entered Cranbrook Academy of Art where he studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Shipley received his MFA in 1967 with a major in painting and a minor in printmaking.

Shipley's teaching experience started in 1967 when he was offered a job teaching painting and printmaking at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Throughout the past 43 years he has taught art and worked as a fine artist making and showing art in many galleries and exhibitions throughout the United States.

About the Sinners and Saints exhibition"Sinners and Saints" features a series of new work by artists Mark Kostabi, Paul Kostabi, Rick Prol, Mark May, Roger Shipley, Samuel Stabler, Ted Walke, Jeremiah Johnson, Liz Parrish, Danielle Charette, Misako Oba, Joanne Landis, and Josh Dannin.

"Saints & Sinners" is inspired by the upcoming holiday season. During this time our inner saints and sinners are exposed. Black Friday is a time to be gluttons or sinners, and combat many others who embark on the same shopping day experience. The holidays are time of stress while also a time of great happiness. Christmas, a time to be givers or saints, and give freely the lavish gifts we procured on Black Friday.

The show will hang from November 1 - December 22, 2012.

About Converge GalleryConverge Gallery exhibits a variety of fine contemporary art (photography, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, installations and drawings). The gallery represents the talents of many artists local and non-native, emerging and established. Based in historic downtown Williamsport, PA, Converge Gallery is located at 140 West Fourth Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday 11am - 9pm and Saturday 11am-7pm. For more information, please call: 570-435-7080, or visit: www.convergegallery.com or email: casey@convergegallery.com or john@convergegallery.com.


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