Local artist Bob Grobengieser returns to Mulberry Art Studios this June with his latest collection nature infused oil paintings in an exhibit entitled Land That I Love. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of June in the Louise Gallery of Mulberry Art Studios. The public is invited to meet the artist at a First Friday Opening Reception on June 7th from 5pm until 8pm, and again at a Sunday Reception from 1 until 4pm on June 9th.
A self-taught artist, Bob Grobengieser has been interested in art his whole life. His career and family life kept him from pursuing art seriously, but his retirement five years ago provided him with the essential element every artist needs: time. Bob has used this time to create an outstanding body of work, mostly dealing with scenes of natural beauty. “This planet with which we have been blessed provides unlimited inspiration” explains Bob. “The sky, the earth, the oceans with their ever-changing moods- sometimes bathed in sunshine, sometimes shrouded in shadow and mist; the sunrises and sunsets- there is no end.” Along with time, another element that allowed Bob an exhibition of his own was Friendship Community, an organization that provides services for developmentally disabled individuals. Bob became familiar with this organization through his son, who is handicapped. Friendship Community holds an annual art auction at Mulberry Art Studios, and also operates an art gallery in Ephrata. The gallery and auction entered Bob’s life at just as his retirement was allowing him more free time to create, and together the pieces all fell together to awaken his latent interest in creating art.
In addition to his beautifully detailed, realism-styled oil paintings, Bob also does pencil sketches and will gladly accept commissioned portrait offers. He has done sketches of his favorite celebrities and of his grandchildren, “About the only thing more beautiful that a Susquehanna sunset is the smile of a six month old little one,” Bob remarks.
Philip Malachowski: Abstracts
Abstracts is comprised of abstract pieces, painted with alkyd and acrylic on canvas, and will be exhibited in the Mulberry Ballroom throughout the month of June at Mulberry Art Studios. Philip Malachowski, who is a self-taught artist, has held several successful exhibits at Mulberry Art Studios in the past, and is excited to return to the gallery with his newest pieces.
“The finished work must communicate—speak, sing, mutter, shout, whatever—for itself” states Malachowski. The artist and creator himself owes the viewer nothing but answer to this question: does it live? Here, where hopefully life meets life, is the beginning—and all I know—of the true function and expression of art.”
Lancaster County musician Scott Simpson enjoys performing original instrumental music along with some favorite covers. Scott can often be heard playing electronic keyboards and synthesizers, but this First Friday he'll be playing the piano in the lobby of Mulberry Art Studios.
Scott's musical influences include (but are not limited to): Mannheim Steamroller, Ryan Farish, Suzanne Ciani, Jean Michel Jarre, Genesis, and The Moody Blues