- July 2012 Art @ Mulberry Art Studios -

Becky Shiley: Beckyís World

Local artist Becky Shiley will be bringing her latest collection of paintings to Mulberry Art Studios’ North Gallery during the month of July for her “Becky’s World” exhibit.  The public is invited to come out and meet the artist at a First Friday Opening Reception on July 6th from 5-8pm. 

Becky Shiley

Becky speaks about her art:
“I began drawing and painting using every medium as a child and have been painting my whole life. I love all art forms, music, poetry, and dance. I try to remain positive even in the worst of times and I always try to be kind and generous to my fellow man and beast. My goal with my work is to encourage emotion and thought. These works really express all the feelings I have about war, hunger, religion, racism, prejudice, our planet and probably more. I hope they raise a bit of emotion in you and I hope you enjoy them.”


Retrospective Exhibit of Peter K. Hoag's Wood Block Prints

Artwork from the late Peter K. Hoag will be featured at Mulberry Art Studios throughout the month of July in a beautiful retrospective exhibit in the Louise Gallery.  A First Friday Reception will be held from 5pm until 8pm on July 6th, and the exhibit will remain in the gallery throughout the month.  Regular hours are held on weekdays from 10am until 4pm, with evenings and weekends available upon request. 

The exhibit includes Peter's Wood Block Prints from 1952 thru 2006. Peter's early work started out with very bold abstract shapes and colors and evolved over the years to include very intricate patterns and shapes of faces, animals, landscapes, and cityscapes. Peter was influenced by many artists’ work he studied over the years and through his experiences while traveling to many countries throughout the world. Peter was very dedicated to creating his wood block prints and spent much of his spare time drawing the designs for the prints, transferring the drawings onto the wood blocks, and carving the designs into the wood. He hand rolled the ink onto the blocks and hand pressed these onto rice paper to create the print, making each print unique. Peter sometimes used several carved blocks, one for each color, to create one finished print. He also liked to experiment with printing on different types of handmade rice paper.  Each finished print is unique and includes many beautiful shapes, patterns, and colors.

Peter K. Hoag is known locally in Lancaster, PA as a fine artist who won numerous awards for his wood block prints throughout his life time. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Bard College, New York, NY in 1953, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomsfield Hills, MI in 1954.  Peter lived in Lancaster the last 40 years of his life, and was an active member of the Lancaster County Art Association. Peter worked for Armstrong World Industries Product Styling and Design Center as a Color Stylist and Floor Designer for 20 years.  Peter passed away in 2009.

Peter Hoag Wood Block Prints
ABOVE: Detail images of Hoags work

Peter was honored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum's purchase and display of a piece from his private art collection known as "The Cry" from 1955.†Some of Peterís local awards include First Prize for Graphics at the Lititz Summer Outdoor Art Show in both 2005 & 2004, Best in Show for Graphics at Landis Woods Art Show in 2004 and 2005, Distinguished Artist Award for Woodblock Prints with the Lancaster County Art Association in 2004, and Judges First Choice Award for Woodblock prints with the Landis Woods Art Show in 2003.

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