TUNKHANNOCK — The Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock is hosting an exhibit of paintings by Earl W. Lehman – paintings that in the artist’s words “speak two languages.”
Lehman says he is “bilingual,” since he does both representational and non-objective work. His landscapes are collected widely, but his abstract imagery commands equal attention. His paintings reflect that he is at home with both abstraction and realism. Displayed in the William Earnshaw Gallery through May, they may be viewed any time movies are shown or by appointment.
His representational paintings and abstract paintings hang side by side, renderings of local landscapes, including Tunkhannock Creek. The artist has an affinity for Tunkhannock, in that it is halfway between his studio in Jessup and his north studio in the woods above Lake Tuscarora. Gov. Tom Wolf and his wife bought his painting of nearby Jaynes Orchard when it was displayed at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. And just south of Tunkhannock, he won a Belin Scholarship.
Lehman is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of Kutztown University and recipient of numerous awards throughout his career. Along with being a professional artist and resident artist throughout the state, he serves as juror, panelist, advisory board member and community volunteer. He was also the preparator of exhibitions at Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University for 15 years. He is a board member of Artists for Art in Scranton.
All of the paintings in the exhibit are for sale and proceeds will go towards completing his north studio and the Dietrich Theater.
All are invited to a closing reception for the exhibit from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22. For more information, call the theater at 570-996-1500.