The retrospective exhibition for Gary Jurysta at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona spans over half a century. Upon arrival, I mistakenly took it for a group show, as no single theme dominates the 50 years of art making. What connects the works is an unwavering pursuit of abstraction. That underpinning dictates regardless … Continue reading Gary Jurysta at SAMA Altoona
Sue Severson’s posthumous exhibition at Gallery 321 isn’t something you would expect in Hollidaysburg, a quintessential Pennsylvania place famous for its Victorian architecture and small town charm. Through her work, Severson brings the big city bustle to the mix. Severson was not a native. A Brooklynite who went to the Art Student League and Brooklyn … Continue reading Big Cities in A Small Town — Sue Severson Exhibition at Gallery 321, Hollidaysburg PA
These are not the artists on the list of art investors or brokers. Yet their works connect rural Pennsylvania with national art scenes, often through a reference to their indebted influence from European modernism, American regionalism or New York school. It shows that while public art may not be democratic, individuals can blossom regardless their root and locale.