‘Matronly’ by Lauren Edsall
A diverse array of artwork by talented student artists from throughout the region is on display in the Banko Family Room Gallery of ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, through July 27 as part of “Annual Young Artists’ Exhibition.” This year’s show features more than 55 two- and three-dimensional works including watercolors, pencils, acrylics and digital photography created by students in 9th through 12th grades.
The Annual Young Artists’ Exhibition is open to students in Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Montgomery, Lehigh and Northampton counties. First place in this year’s exhibit went to Lauren Edsall, a junior at Lehighton High School, for her charcoal and chalk drawing, “Matronly.” The complete list of 2014 award winners will be announced during the exhibit’s opening reception June 6, 6-9 p.m., as part of the Banana Factory’s First Friday celebration. Gallery hours for the Annual Young Artists’ Exhibition are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
While Brian Dickerson's constructed paintings are acutely rooted in the landscape, his work is not a literal interpretation of any given place or location. Rather, Dickerson considers his work to be a "container" for his personal memories, recollections, and experiences.
Building up texture and color onto the surface, and working horizontally and vertically with added three-dimensional elements, Dickerson references the landscape without being representational. These constructed paintings recall vast expanses, while at the same time create small intersections of space that act either as apertures hinting at something beyond, or as small vessels to hold memories and emotions.
Working from the idea that the landscape is influential both visually and emotionally, Dickerson creates works that are universally familiar yet mysterious. His work is influenced by the earth itself and its layers of sediment, as well as specific geographic locations that are deeply personal – the area around Ballycastle, Ireland and his hometown in upstate New York. One does not need to be familiar with these locations, however, to understand the emotional resonance and idea of place.
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