The word “sublime” is defined as the process of converting [something inferior] into something of higher worth. “Grey” is defined as being of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white. That being said, “Sublime Grey” seems to be an appropriate title for the upcoming art opening the Grey Art Gallery has planned for Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.
Featured artists for the group show include Craig Kaufman, Luana Cleveland, and Spencer Gregory.
Craig Kaufman is a graduate of the York Academy of Arts and Kutztown University. He currently teaches art for the Williamsport Area School District and Pennsylvania College of Technology. He previously taught at Lycoming College.
During his four-decade painting career, Kaufman has had solo shows in New York City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, State College, Jim Thorpe, Erie, Loretto, and Williamsport as well as Elmira, NY. His art is in the collections of Kutztown University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Mercyhurst College, and the Museum of the Southern Alleghenies as well as numerous private collections.
His current work consists of layered non-representational images on birch plywood with canvas and oil paint.
Luana Cleveland is a graduate of Penn State University. She also attended the Art Students’ League, in New York City, and the Brooklyn Museum School. She has had solo exhibitions of her work in New York City; Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; Sloan Gallery, Lock Haven University; and Penn State.
Cleveland’s art has been featured in American Artist magazine. She worked as a studio assistant for Will Barnet (who turned 100 years old this year) as well as holding numerous arts administration positions and managing a fine arts press in New York City. Her recent work focuses on exotic animal portraits in pastel and watercolor.
Spencer Gregory is a graduate of Kutztown University. He currently calls Stumpy Point, North Carolina home. Gregory’s work was shown at numerous galleries in New York City throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s. His biggest claim to fame is that Edward Broida (an architect and real estate developer who retired at 40 so he could devote his fortune to his passion, collecting contemporary art) purchased three of his paintings: “Underneath,” “Safe Harbor,” and “Tick."
After Broida’s death, his family kept one, “Underneath” for their personal collection in Los Angeles. “Safe Harbor” ended up in the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, and “Tick” is in the Ellen Noel Art Museum in Midland, Texas.
Other artists that will be making their Grey Art Gallery debut include Janelle Whisenant, Danielle Charette, Rick Prol, and Geoffrey Haun.
Janelle Whisenant grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a degree in sculpture at Lycoming College. She plans on graduating in December, and will be applying to MFA programs across the country in January of 2012.
Her work is a reflection of stream-of-consciousness – she creates a combination of both real and invented biologically inspired forms. Some are solely playful; while others become what they will in a process described as artistically empirical.
Danielle Charette is a contemporary expressionist who shuffles between Pennsylvania, where she was born, and New York City. Her work is a highly symbolic form of modern story telling.
Her original oil paintings and art have been shown and hang in many galleries throughout the US and continue to sell both nationally and internationally. Notably, her series “2752 It’s Always the Same” and “Broke in Brooklyn” have been accepted for inclusion by The National September 11th Memorial Museum.
Rick Prol was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Cooper Union College in 1980 and started showing his work in 1982. He was a major contributor and icon of the burgeoning 80’s East Village Art scene.
Prol employs art brut expressionism to convey images of human folly and suffering in a variety of media, including sculpture, installations, painting, drawing and writings. Two of his pieces will be on display as a small sampling for a larger show to be held at the Grey Art Gallery in the coming months.
Williamsport resident Geoffrey Haun will have some of his work on display in the gallery’s front window. Using oils and watercolors, Haun produces works from life as well as from his imagination. His paintings vary greatly in style and subject, ranging from impressionistic landscapes to imaginary scenes inspired by dreams and visions.Returning Grey Art Gallery favorites Liz Parrish and Tina Yesenofski will also have new work on display.
Musical entertainment will be provided along with light refreshments.
The opening reception takes place from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, and the show will be on display until Nov. 26. The gallery, which is located at 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport (next to the esteemed Plankenhorn Stationery shop), is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. They will have extended hours during First Friday, and hours by appointment can be arranged by calling 570-435-7080.
For more information on the gallery, check out www.greyartgallery.com