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Market Daze: Central Market in the '70s
Exhibition on View at the Demuth Museum
The Demuth Museum is pleased to present Gail Gray's pencil drawings of people in Lancaster's Central Market in the early seventies. This group of drawings captures a wonderful moment in time of this beloved city icon. A bustling hub of downtown activity continues to this day to thrive as a lively farmer's market. While stand holders change and the type of food and goods offered evolve over time, there are still many of the same stands and stand holders in 2015 as there were forty years ago.
Gray, who is now better known for her abstract paintings, began her career as a courtroom artist for WGAL. This group of drawings were what won Gray her long-standing position at WGAL. As we can see from these market people pictures, Gray is extremely gifted at capturing a quick moment or exchange between customer and stand holder or two stand holders having a good gossip! And market is filled with regular shoppers greeting one another as well as the stand holders chatting to fill the time between customers. Others go to market to pick up the famous celery or the horseradish which has been sold at the same stand for more than 75 years!
In each of the renderings Gray uses her deft handling of the pencil to evoke various textures such as; a fur coat and babushka , the rattan of a market basket, Angie Colatta's up-do and long nails, and the finely cared for beard of an Amish man. Many of the market goers in the pictures are identified, but some are not, Gray did not try to meet everyone she drew. In fact, she often had to be very covert about focusing in on one person too long. Executive Director Anne M. Lampe notes, "it will be fun for people to come and maybe see themselves or a relative captured in these wonderful drawings. And for those who doubt an abstract artist can capture our retinal reality - Gray dispels any questions through these sensitive and finely rendered pencil drawings.
Masks of Mexico
Exhibition on View at the Lancaster Museum of Art
The Lancaster Museum of Art is pleased to announce our next exhibition, Masks of Mexico. This exhibit focuses on the masks that are used in the many rituals and celebrations performed in the cities and small rural villages throughout Mexico's various states. The majority of states with traditions of using masks are represented in this exhibit through more than 200 masks. Grouping all these works together reveal the various forms, styles and colors that Mexican carvers employ. The masks are made from carved wood, papier-mache, leather, cloth, ceramic, metal and other materials and display the range in skill of the artists from untrained to professional carvers.
Many of these masks were used in rituals and are part of the larger context of the costumes, dancing, setting and purpose of the event taking place. While viewing the exhibit one has to imagine the sights, sounds, smells and activity that would surround such rituals in which they were used. As Director Anne M. Lampe notes, " bringing this large of a collection of masks from one country allows us an intimate view of their use in rituals and how they were made. Furthermore, we will look at these masks not only for their aesthetic value, but also contextualize them for a greater understanding of their ritual purpose."
Lancaster Museum of Art
Demuth Museum and Lancaster Museum of Art Announce Merger
John Weaver: A Morning Walk
Exhibition on View at the Demuth Museum
The Demuth Museum is pleased to announce the opening of John Weaver: A Morning Walk. Every morning for the past year, John Weaver set out on an early morning walk armed only with canvas, paint box, brushes and a walking stick that doubles as a stool. This walk usually takes approximately 45 minutes and culminates with Weaver spending 20 or so minutes creating a picture on the 5 x 7 canvas. This ritual begins the rest of Weaver's day as a veterinarian.
Weaver took a trip to London where he saw an exhibition of David Hockney's latest iPad art works that were created using the brushes app. Weaver liked the effects that Hockney was able to achieve and the speed with which he was able to work. Upon returning home, Weaver began using the iPad brushes app during his walks in order to electronically replicate the traditional painting process. Each time he began a picture he would lay down the under painting layers and then build his composition and specific elements on top. Many other artists who use the iPad brushes app just begin putting the details down on a white surface. Weaver, however, applied layers of color in the same manner as an oil painting including varying the transparency and size of each stroke. For almost a full year, Weaver used the iPad to paint the creek near his home and subsequently views farther afield. This exhibition will include a selection of these iPad brushes images.
In this exhibition you will also see ink drawings done by Weaver in the springtime. These drawings are a different kind of engagement Weaver has with the landscape. In these, he immerses himself in the plant life by the side of the road. Weaver captures the interstitial spaces between the road and the field by engulfing himself and the viewer in these plants. Much like Charles Demuth plunged himself into his mother's garden, Weaver too finds the extreme close-up a way to understand the landscape in particular.
Executive Director and Chief Curator Anne M. Lampe notes that, "prior to Weaver's recent re-engagement with the landscape, he had been painting very large and very abstract canvases. This re-immersion with the landscape has allowed him to return to a more representational language of brushstrokes that has given Weaver the means to express his love of Lancaster County - his childhood home and his home of the last 25 years. Viewers of the exhibition will gain a great sense of Weaver's bond with the landscape of Lancaster County."
An opening reception and meet the artist will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5-8 p.m.