Abington area residents display works in Marywood University faculty art show

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal | September 22nd, 2015 11:27 am

SCRANTON — Paintings, drawings, and more all created by professors of Marywood University are currently displayed at the campus’ Malady Gallery inside the Shields Center for Visual Arts.

The art is part of the 2015 Marywood Art Faculty Biennial, in which art professors showcase their talent every two years. Most of them have been teaching at the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts for over 20 years.

“I love to see the works of my colleagues,” said painting/drawing teacher Pamela Parsons from Glenburn Township. “I’m always impressed to see what they are doing in their studio.”

Inspired by Spanish artists such as Goya and Ribera, Parsons’ artwork called “Spanish Evening” is mixed media made from books, magazines, and acrylic paint. She has a studio in Maine called The Black Falcon Gallery. There, she has displayed her oil paintings of fish and Maine landscapes. She plans to have a solo show at Marywood’s Suraci Center this coming spring.

Professor Mark Webber from Waverly displayed two untitled paintings with oil on canvas as his medium. One was a painting of a brother and sister with a dog and the other of two people at a table.

Before the Biennial Art Show, he has displayed his work at a solo show at Taglialatella in Paris, France and a number of shows in New York City. In the future, he plans to showcase his artworks in several New York galleries, such as the Bowman Gallery, and other galleries in Atlanta, Georgia and Lancaster. His art has been in at least 10 biennial shows.

“I hope this show serves as a teaching tool,” he said.

Dean of creative and performing arts and Clarks Summit resident Collier Parker painted two oil paintings on linen of the Lackawanna River on Parker Avenue. He painted the first one, which is titled “River-1: Early Morning” on the river’s bank. He then crossed the levee to paint “River-2: Mid-Morning.” For both of the paintings, he used abstract movements of color to determine the lighting of the trees.

Parker enjoys landscape art because he likes spending time outside and making discoveries. In the past, he was in the last biennial show and a one-man show at the Suraci Gallery.

“I think it’s a real privilege to display my art with other extremely talented artists and faculty,” he said.

Dennis Corrigan from Waverly had a collection of drawings called “16 Random Drawings Modified in Photoshop.” Next to it was another collection of drawings called “True Love Knows No Boundaries.” He not only draws using technical pencil, but also manipulates them using Photoshop by adding color and shading. He enjoys the ability to create a world that doesn’t exist and to amuse people. He also has his coloring book, which also features random drawings, displayed at the gallery.

“I think my work shows conceptual abilities and skills necessary to do it,” he said.

Corrigan’s influences were Dutch artists such as Vermeer and Bruegel and American artists such as Grant Wood and George Tooker. A member of the Society of Illustrators, he does illustration annuals in Philadelphia and New York City. He is known for his humorous rendering of absurd situations. He taught illustration at Marywood for 20 years and now teaches art foundation courses, such as basic drawing and sculptures.

The artworks of the 2015 Art Faculty Biennial will be displayed until Oct. 8. The art faculty also made a collective work, which commemorates the university’s 100th anniversary, called “100 Years/100 Works: Celebrating the Centennial.”

Mark Webber, art professor at Marywood University, with his oil on canvas painting.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_artshow-2.jpgMark Webber, art professor at Marywood University, with his oil on canvas painting. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Pamela Parsons, art professor at Marywood University, with her mixed media artwork called ‘Spanish Evening.’
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_artshow-1.jpgPamela Parsons, art professor at Marywood University, with her mixed media artwork called ‘Spanish Evening.’ Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Dennis Corrigan’s coloring book and ‘3 Color Versions of Interior Line Drawings.’
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_artshow-3.jpgDennis Corrigan’s coloring book and ‘3 Color Versions of Interior Line Drawings.’ Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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