2010-06-17 / Features

“Brushes With Nature” At Arts Council

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Pictured above is Anne Gobin’s oil of “Blue Mule.” Pictured above is Anne Gobin’s oil of “Blue Mule.” The Council for the Arts will present “Brushes with Nature” at the council’s Kaleidoscope Gallery July 9 to August 28. The show, sponsored by Merrill Lynch, features paintings by Anne Gobin, Laurie McKelvie and Linda Mosemann, and will be a part of Chambersburg’s annual ChambersFest activities, with meet-the-artists reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 16.

McConnellsburg artist and educator Anne Gobin has won awards and accolades for her art, and yet declares, “I have no philosophy about my painting; I paint what like!” Formally trained in both art and education, Gobin graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in commercial art, and then worked in a glass factory making designs for silk screening on glass. After graduating from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., she then taught art in a junior high in Manchester, Conn., for four years.

Pictured is Linda Mosemann’s pastel “View from the Field.” Pictured is Linda Mosemann’s pastel “View from the Field.” Since 1980 Gobin has been been teaching art privately in her studio on Lincoln Way West in Mc- Connellsburg at Towne Framing. “I believe my painting has been improving considerably from taking workshops in the area, and painting with other people,” she says, “but also from trying to teach to others what I have learned!”

“I love to play with light and color,” says Chambersburg artist Laurie McKelvie, “and I find lots of inspiration for my work in the world around me!” McKelvie graduated with a degree in art education from the University of Delaware, and has spent the last 30 years living in Michigan, Chambersburg, Germany, Alabama and now back in Chambersburg! She has most recently retired from teaching high school art and is now teaching private lessons and working on her love affair with pastels. McKelvie’s work has been accepted into several shows, including a Pastel Society of the West Coast show, “Pastel USA”, an international, juried pastel exhibition.

Linda Mosemann earned her B.S. degree in art education from Penn State University and has been teaching art in public schools in Pennsylvania for 35 years. “Art has been a part of my life since I was a child,” she explains, “so it has been very rewarding for me to be a part of the creative learning process in so many children.”

As Mosemann looks forward to retirement from teaching this year, she plans to pursue her own art more aggressively. She is currently working in pastel with a focus on landscape painting, and takes classes with other pastel artists to improve her knowledge of the medium. A member of the Fulton County Art Club, she is continually intrigued by the rural Fulton County landscape, and travels around recording scenes for future paintings whenever she gets the chance. “I feel as though I am on the threshold, still green around the edges but very excited to jump in!”

“Brushes with Nature” will be on view at the Council through August 28. For more information, call the Council at 717- 264-6883 or visit www.councilforthearts.net

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