2010-03-18 / Local & State

New Exhibition: “Reflections" at Arts Council

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The Council for the Arts announces the opening of a new exhibition – “Reflections” – by local artists beginning April 9 through May 15 at the Arts Council’s Kaleidoscope Gallery in Chambersburg.

The show, featuring “reflective,” realistic paintings by Jean Harshman, Cindy Smith and Fulton County artist Brian Tucker, will open with a reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and is sponsored by Hoskinson & Wenger Law Offices of Chambersburg.

Kaleidoscope Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I guess I paint because God gave me the talent,” Brian Tucker explains, “and because from little up I’ve always wanted to be an artist.” Though Tucker enjoys creating images of trees, buildings and animals, his first love is graphic design. “I love it when a client comes to me needing a logo or T-shirt, a sign or a brochure, and I get to start with a clean sheet of paper and come up with a pleasing design that meets his or her needs.” A selfdescribed jack-of-all-trades, Tucker has worked in most media. “From pencils to computers, from small paintings to murals,” he says, “somewhere along the line I’ve tried it all!”

Born and raised in Baltimore, Tucker’s high-school instruction included two periods of art per day for three years – one semester each in six different disciplines: commercial art, painting, architecture, theater art, sculpture and industrial art. In his senior year he attended night classes at Maryland Institute. After moving to Fulton County in 1971, Tucker worked at Grove Manufacturing, where he continued his career as a commercial artist, rising to the position of supervisor of the art department. Currently retired, he enjoys – in addition to painting – graphic design, reading and model railroadin

“I always loved watching my mother paint as I grew up,” says Chambersburg artist Jean Harshman, “but it wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I started to take art seriously, myself.” Harshman began painting in acrylics, teaching herself from what she read in books. “Learning by doing – often painting the same subject over and over! – works best for me.” In 2002, when her son went off to college, she found a new challenge in watercolor and hasn’t looked back since. “I love the movement of watercolor and the happy oops that can happen with it!”

Waynesboro artist Cindy Smith has also been interested in art for as long as she can remember. “I work in several different media,” she explains; “so when I see something just begging to be painted, I know right away which medium I will use.”

A member of the Franklin County Art Alliance, Cider Painters of America and the Waynesboro Studio Art Club, Smith has won numerous awards for her artwork.

For more information, call the Arts Council at 717-264-6883 or visit www.councilforthearts.net

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