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Past Exhibits at the Freyberger Gallery

Black and White: Drawings by Gretchen Kreitler

Exhibit: Opens Thursday Oct. 30 and runs through Dec. 11, 2014


Gretchen Kreitler was given a rapidograph pen while she was an art student at Lockhaven University. That tool, and the hundreds purchased over the years, became nearly the sole medium for her drawings. Living in as diverse places as Berks County, the Outerbanks of North Carolina, and an old firehouse in Brooklyn, New York, Kreitler became a keen observer of animals and their relationship to the environment and humankind. In Berks, she drew what was around her: dogs, bovines and hens; in North Carolina, she observed maritime creatures, including turtles, frogs, and sharks; while in New York, her companions in the firehouse were her dogs and cats. Kreitler’s innate and nurtured talent (she was brought up in a family with a graphic designer father, a mother who taught art, and creative brothers) became intertwined with her interest in the “delicate balance of the environment and how it is connected to all creatures and life.” The drawings in this exhibit reflect her interest, and are masterfully created.

Lyn Godley’s installation incorporates light imbedded in large scale images creating an environment that effects the viewer in both an aesthetic and positive psychological level.


Explains the artist, "I believe that beauty is transformative, and that works of art have the power to change lives. Just as the need to create calls to artists, the appreciation of artistic creations has been part of the human psyche since the beginning of time.

I believe that light has healing potential that we are only beginning to understand.

Developments in light therapy are proving its ability to affect a wide range of symptoms, ranging from reducing depression and stress, changing sleep cycles, relieving pain, and increasing the rate of healing. I am convinced that we can use light to create calming environments on a physiological level, not just aesthetic.

And I believe that, as designers, we have the responsibility to make this world a better place, to relieve suffering wherever possible.

SPRING SEMESTER 2014


Artist and Artist

Exhibition features the work of photographer Jen Lindsay.

“Street photography,” says Lindsay,” is often associated with the city, but my photography comes from a quieter place in the back alleys and fenced in yards of Kutztown, PA. Small town America inspires me, with its timeless era of rural landscapes and rustic structures.

             

There’s something in the way the light hits or the way a certain angle can create a stillness and weighty peace. I love the stopping of time and moment. I take pictures to document my life, my family, my community. “

When asked to select a co-exhibitor, Lindsay selected Matthew Mazurkiewicz, Reading. She says of his broadly executed abstract paintings, “I asked Matt to share this show with me because when we met in 1998, he was doing a lot of street photography and so was I. I have been following his art evolve over the years . We've just always seemed to share a similar aesthetic.”

Art writer for the Reading Times, wrote,”Mazurkiewicz believes in art and the power of creative expression. His artwork, although personal, brings a sense of pure painting for the sake of painting, not necessarily to tell a story or invoke a theory, but to spell out a moment in time that life has asked him to paint.” His  command of various mediums proves a fresh perspective on one of his most cherished talents - painting.  From quirky animals, to landscapes - this exhibition will allow the viewer access to the artist's sense of humor and exemplify his successful command of the brush.

TRAVELS AND JOURNEYS: Nancy Sarangoulis: 

Ms. Sarangoulis will give a presentation about art in India, and its philosophical influence on her own work.  The artist will be our resident artist during the course of her extended exhibition. Along with her exhibition, the gallery will serve as her temporary studio, where she will be creating art most Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and welcomes visitors for informal talks and workshops. 

Painting by Nancy Sarangoulis


Paintings, drawings, and found objects re-invented for a new purpose are the hallmark of Sarangoulis’ art.  A recent residency to explore the art and craft of India provided the artist with another link to her artistic journey.  She investigates the hidden worlds of the subconscious through automatic drawing, and reflective meditation.

 “Painting birds is one of my current interests,” says the artist. “Not real birds, but birds that are metaphors, psychologically and spiritually. These visual notations have now "leaked" into all aspects of my work. ” Sarangoulis explains that art, for her, is like oxygen – “One thing leads to another, everything is connected in its own small way.”

Blue Marsh: Landscape Lost

Reception Thursday 6 - 8 p.m. Sept. 12, 2013

Exhibit extended through Nov. 21, 2013

Curators: Steven Potteiger and Marilyn J. Fox, director Freyberger Gallery

Review by Ron Schira, Sunday Oct. 6, Reading Eagle Newspaper - Read the Review

OCT. 29 ON BCTV - 6 P.M. - DISCUSSION ABOUT BLUE MARSH AND THE EXHIBITION

Structure that was displaced by Blue Marsh

Photo Courtesy: Andrew Williams

This exhibit explores the time (1974 – 1979) when the Blue Marsh Dam project commenced, and investigates the subsequent permanent change to the land and the people who lived there.

The exhibit includes: contemporary and historic photographs, paintings, artifacts and text that brings to the public the unconstrained beauty of the landscape lost during the construction of the Blue Marsh Dam and Recreational Area. With photographs of the working farms and historic homesteads and the haunting images of vacated homes and barns,and paintings created by a young artist whose family was displaced by the project.

Farms, homes, villages, roads, and the heritage of those displaced are all but forgotten - except for those individuals whose lives and families changed forever. The photographs and paintings have never been gathered for one exhibit, nor has there been an exhibit that focuses on the Blue Marsh dam project.

A reckoning of the permanent transformation to the land, farms and families in the name of the construction of a dam that provides both flood control and recreation facilities is part of the heritage of Berks County and that should be recognized.

ART and SCIENCE 

Eclipse exhibit

January 2013

The objective of this exhibit is exploring various disciplines of science through the visual arts. Six members of the Science Division faculty were interviewed via video. From the video interviews, artists were invited to select a faculty member(s) whose research intrigued them or paralleled their own investigations. Artists were selected on their ability to interpret this material in an aesthetic way, using the information as a point of departure for their creative endeavors. Art work may illuminate, define, or interpret the information provided.

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Faculty

Architectural Conditions

Reception: Thursday March 14, 6 p.m., Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks

Architectural Conditions is an exhibit of recent works from a collaboration that began decades ago, when childhood friends, Ken Fifer, now a Professor of English at Penn State Berks, and Larry Mitnick, an Architect and Associate Professor at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, began to engage in each others’ art.

Art collage by Larry Mitnick

(Right)  Micro/Macro  collage by Larry Mitnick inspired by a poem by Ken Fifer.

Through the years, the two have written songs, made movies, and generally corresponded through art. The current project began with Larry responding to one of Ken's poems with a collage; as the project developed to fill a one day cycle, sometimes the original poem would change with a new response instigated by the collage. A collection of twelve poem/collages, mounted together offers the viewer the interplay between words and vision.

“We met each other as children, growing up in the same Bronx Housing Project. Our collaborations, large and small, started back then. We invite you to entertain our assumption that an identification of the architectural conditions can be embodied within poetry as well as in pictorial terms.  The collages are not foremost meant to illustrate the poems but to locate their architectural conditions;  the poems likewise do not seek to describe or illustrate the collages but to locate and share their spatial relationships,” explains Fifer and Mitnick.

Exhibit through April 18, 2013

Ken Fifer

Ken Fifer, Professor of English, published writer, poet