GLENBURN TWP. — For centuries, the great masters in art sought a way to add a fourth dimension to their creations. Today, a local artist is doing just that.
The secret, however, lies not in artistry, but in science.
Edward Ims, of Glenburn Township, is one of possibly just two artists in the United States to use a technique involving specular holography to implement tiny lenses into paintings, adding a fourth plane to the images. Although the process can be explained through physics, the result, which can only be seen by the human eye and cannot be photographed or copied, is left as somewhat of a mystery.
“Whether it’s happening in space or happening in your brain, that’s the debate,” Ims said.
Community members can see for themselves during the Glenburn Township 11th Annual Art Show and Sale, set to open with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the municipal building, 54 Waterford Road, Dalton. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 10, available for viewing from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday or by appointment.
Ims, who participated in the show several times, won the People’s Choice Award in 2012 for a piece that implemented a similar method using crystals formed from chalk.
His entries this year will be featured inside shadowboxes to control the light falling on the subject. Each viewer will see the image differently, depending on individual experiences stored in their brains.
“I like the observer to finish the art,” he explained. “The viewer should be able to take whatever the artist put in the art and finish the art in their own perspective.”
Ims described the atmosphere of the opening reception in one word: “excitement.”
“Each (artist) has their individual way of presenting their art and their skills,” he said.
Joanne Benson, township secretary-treasurer, artist and event organizer, said this year the works of more than 50 artists from Lackawanna and surrounding counties will be featured in the show. She and her daughter, Melissa Benson, are two of them.
“We have all mediums,” she said. “We usually have watercolors, pastel, acrylics, pencils, pen and ink, photography. It’s a very diverse collection.”
The event is sponsored by a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Municipality Grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Lackawanna County Council on the Arts. Admission to the opening reception is free and includes refreshments and a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The artwork is priced as $25 up to about $500.
“It’s a good place to do your Christmas or holiday shopping,” Benson said, adding no commission fee is collected by the township — all the money supports the local artists.
As an artist herself, Benson started the event 11 years ago from her life-long passion.
“I do it because I’m an artist and I love to paint,” she said, adding she is inspired by the many local artists who enter the exhibit.
“We have professionals, we have hobbyists, we have all levels of art, which is nice. There’s a lot of talented hobbyists out there.”