- May 2016 Art @ Mulberry Art Studios -

Jennifer BowmanJennifer Bowman: A Little of This and Some of That

Jennifer Bowman, a local woman who finds personal peace through art making, will be bringing a collection of her work entitled A Little of This and Some of That to the North Gallery of Mulberry Art Studios this May.  The show opens with a First Friday reception on May 6th from 5-9, and will be on display for the remainder of the month.  Mulberry Art Studios is located at 19-21 North Mulberry Street in historic downtown Lancaster, and holds regular gallery hours on weekdays from 10am until 2pm.

Bowman was very interested in art while at Warwick High School.  She took various art classes, ceramics, art history, and photography- and hoped to continue to study art in college.  But life had other plans for her, and she gave birth to her first child at age 17.  Four years ago, after visiting a doctor to discuss her increasingly painful migraines, an MRI discovered an inoperable tumor.  Bowman turned to art to help her cope with the pain of the headaches. “One day I picked my pencil up and started drawing again, and it has been flowing out of me”says Bowman.

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Bowman cites Salvador Dali as an artistic influence, and creates her pieceswith acrylic paint, colored pencils, markers, pencil, gel pen, and graphic art.  She uses her life as inspiration.  And life has not been easy for her.  Her illness has caused her to lose her job, and her husband is also disabled.  Together, the couple has four sons.  They are living off of her SSI, and are currently homeless.  But Bowman’s optimistic outlook is carrying the family through.  “My work is more whimsical and up beat even when it’s dark,” notes Bowman.  “I try to stay positive about our situation and I think that reflects in my art. I just let God guide me and I trust He will.”

Michael Dutcher: GAIA- Our Mother from the Subatomic to the Galactic

“Art is a creative activity that we can all be a part of to heal the spirit,” – Michael Dutcher

Sometimes you will find that when your life informs your art, your art can transform your life.  This has certainly been the case for local artist Michael Dutcher.  Dutcher, who has been designing and creating locally and nationally commissioned sculptural metal work for the past 25 years, recently suffered a stroke while adventuring in San Miguel d’Allende, Mexico.  He calls the experience “transformational in all aspects of life.”  The effect it has had on his art is quite noticeable.  He has embraced the freedom and expression of painting, focusing on acrylic paintings instead of the sculptures he had devoted so much of his life to.  Dutcher’s paintings draw from familiar experiences, sensations, and remembrances of things long ago, and the relationship of energy in our bodies and our physical world. His images share with the viewer an “intelligence of the senses” and the beauty of man and nature working harmoniously together.

Michael Dutcher was born in Lancaster, and later ventured off to New Mexico to complete a ceramics apprenticeship and establish a pottery studio, then back to Pennsylvania for an apprenticeship with a nationally known metal sculptor, to North Caroline to study at the Fenland School of Crafts, and to New Jersey to study at Peter Valley Craft Center.  He spent the last 25 years in West Chester, where he established Dutcher Studios.  He recently relocated the studio to just north of Lititz.

Michael Dutcher will be exhibiting his artwork at Mulberry Art Studios during the month of May.  A First Friday opening reception will be held on May 6 from 5pm until 9pm.


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