Bob Grobengieser: The World Around Us
Bob Grobengeiser’s The World Around Us will be spending the month of April at Mulberry Art Studios, and will open on April 1st with a First Friday Reception from 5pm until 9pm. The exhibit features landscapes and portraits in oil paint and pencil, along with a model ship or two.
Not much has changed in Bob Grobengieser’s life since his last show at Mulberry Art Studios three years ago- other than those things that normally and unavoidably go along with advancing years. He has now survived for nearly 86 years and is still spending much of his spare time with a paint brush in his hand capturing, to the best of his ability, the beauty of God’s creation. His work is still that of a realist in spite of some effort to add a touch of impressionism every now and then.
An area on which Grobengieser has recently increased his focus is portrait art. A pencil drawing of one of his lovely granddaughters received 1st Place recognition at a recent Lancaster County Art Association show. A copy of this as well as other examples of his portrait work will be exhibited at the Gallery.
Grobengieser continues his work as a volunteer in the Friendship Community art program. Friendship provides services to people with developmental disabilities and Grobengieser’s adult son, Tom, is served by this program. Friendship operates their own art gallery in Lancaster where art lessons are provided for Friendship residents. Works of professional artists are displayed in the Gallery along with those created by the residents (many of them remarkably beautiful). “It’s wonderful to see the Friendship artist’s joy when they create something and can find expression in art,” Grobengeiser comments.
And there is one other hobby that vies for some of Grobengieser’s remaining spare time - model ship building - the beautiful old sailing vessels of the 18th Century with spider webs of intricate rigging. At least one of these models will be on display.
“Painting gives me a tremendous sense of fulfillment,” says Grobengeiser. “This planet with which we have been blessed provides unlimited inspiration: The sky, the earth the oceans with their ever changing moods, the sunrises, the sunsets. The beautiful people that occupy it. There is no end.”