Abington Journal

The Gathering Place hosts a community of artists

CLARKS SUMMIT — The Gathering Place for Community, Arts and Education, 304 S. State St., enlisted artist Brian Keeler to talk about his art, and artists Earl Lehman, Marylou Chibirka, and Kristie Miller McMahon to teach art classes.

Keeler will present a slide show and talk about his painting process at noon, Tuesday, March 27.

Keeler’s work focuses on the Susquehanna River area, with images of Bradford County and river and shore scenes of Wyoming Valley. His art often focuses on contrasts of architecture “set against the beauty of the river’s edge,” with an impressionist style.

Keeler will also discuss the artwork of his father, William Keeler, whose work is exhibited at the Everhart Museum.

The Wyalusing artist will be accompanied by author Mary Beth Voda, and together they will present the audience with an overview of our rich regional artistic tradition. After the talk, Keeler will sign copies of his book “Dramatic Color in the Landscape.”

The cost for the lecture is a $5 donation to be given at the door.

RSVP by emailing gatheringplacecs@gmail.com or calling 570-575-0384.

Lehman will teach “Collage Painting,” the first of two classes he is offering at The Gathering Place, at 7 p.m. March 27.

Lehman’s style is “at home with both abstraction and realism.” He is serving as artist-in-residence at The Gathering Place and will teach the second of his two classes, “Acrylic Landscape Painting,” beginning April 17.

A committed art educator, Lehman has taught classes, workshops and seminars at Keystone College, NEIU, Arts Alive, University of the Arts, The University of Scranton throughout his career. Many of his works can be seen hanging in local businesses.

Chibirka is no stranger to the area, either. She taught oil painting last semester at The Gathering Place and her artwork, primarily portraiture, has been exhibited in the Everhart Museum, the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

She recently taught art classes as a means of dealing with grief. This semester she will teach “Oil Painting Floral Still Life” five Wednesdays, starting April 4.

The fourth artist works with a different medium from the other three. McMahon is a jewelry artist.

McMahon will teach “Wire Jewelry Fundamentals” starting April 5. Her art process incorporates environmental influences into her work and she manipulates wire into shapes and connections. Her goal is to create a piece of art that reflects an individual’s style and personality.

McMahon has shown her work throughout NEPA in shows and galleries.

For more information about the classes and how to register, visit gatheringplacecs.org.

Artist Brian Keeler, whose work focuses on the Susquehanna River area, will present a slide show and talk about his painting process at noon, Tuesday, March 27 at The Gathering Place.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ABJ-Keeler.jpgArtist Brian Keeler, whose work focuses on the Susquehanna River area, will present a slide show and talk about his painting process at noon, Tuesday, March 27 at The Gathering Place. Submitted photo