- May 2010 Art @ Mulberry Art Studios -

Sam Beitzel: Compositions I

Local photographer Sam Beitzel is returning to Mulberry Art Studios to exhibit his latest collection of work, entitled Compositions I. The exhibit runs throughout the month of May, and opens with a First Friday Reception on May 7th from 5pm-8pm. A Sunday reception will be held from 1pm until 4pm on May 9th.  The artist will attend both receptions.

Compositions I consists of both black & white and color images captured digitally and on film.  The subject matter ranges from the mountains of Pennsylvania to the seashores of New Jersey and Delaware.  Sam’s hope is that his work will have an effect on each viewer, that it will “move the heart, please the eye and inspire the mind.”  Using light and perspective, Sam makes the most ordinary subject appear interesting and unique.  Many of the images capture a moment of stillness or perfection.  “I find that there is a kind of peacefulness found all around us and sometimes it is revealed quite clearly through my camera” Sam says.

Self taught, Sam Beitzel continues to grow as a photographer through classes and workshops. He exhibited his fine art and nature photography at both the Spring and Fall Art Walks at Mulberry Art Studios in 2009. Sam is a member of the Lancaster Camera Club and the Lancaster County Art Association, and participated in the group photography show at Garth Gallery in Columbia earlier this year.

Sam Beitzel: Compositions I


Leslie Graham: Atmosphere

Atmosphere, a collection of encaustic works by artist Leslie Graham, will be exhibited throughout the month of May in the Louise Gallery at Mulberry Art Studios.  The public is invited to meet the artist at a First Friday Opening Reception on May 7th from 5pm until 8pm.  In addition, a Sunday Reception will be held from 1pm until 4pm on May 9th.

Leslie speaks about creating art and her exhibit:

I have lived a lifetime of making art. My first memory as a four year old is coloring rocks and carefully arranging them along our driveway.  While I was melting crayons on hot rocks, I was unknowingly exploring a distant relative to the archival paint technique known as encaustic. My rediscovery of this medium, known for its longevity and brilliance and surviving from ancient Egypt and Rome, later in my career was fortuitous.  It became the perfect vehicle to marry my need to make sculptural marks with my exploration of color.  I indulged myself in a summer of experimentation with beeswax, tree resin and museum quality artist pigments.  By fall, I had created a formula that allowed vibrant and true colors, exploiting the nature of the pigment – whether opaque or translucent or somewhere in between.  All of the works in this show are created with encaustic paint that I manufacture. My paint is applied molten, flowing like water onto cradled hardwood panels.  As it cools, the paint solidifies and becomes sculptural, accepting carving and tool marks.  At any point I can reapply heat to the painting and each time, the paint returns to its molten state.  This allows the cooling and carving process to be repeated as many times as the work demands.  When I decide I have reached a good place to call the work complete I buff the painting, now a cool solid shell bonded to a wood panel, to a finish ranging from a soft sheen to a high gloss. 

Leslie Graham

Described as emotional landscapes, the panels are records of memories.  Some are recollections of the appearance of places I have been and others record visually the impact those places had on me spiritually and emotionally. I try to evoke an emotional response from my viewer than reconnects them to a place within their own memory.  In that evocation, a connection can be made between people through art.  From that connection a conversation with self and others may begin, with healing and joy springing up in unexpected ways.

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