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New Exhibition: "Eye to Eye: Reflecting Through Lens and Clay" at Arts Council

New Exhibition: "Eye to Eye: Reflecting Through Lens and Clay" at Arts Council

CHAMBERSBURG, PA- The Council for the Arts announces the opening of a new exhibition of works by local artists. "Eye to Eye: Reflecting Through Lens and Clay" is on display July 13th through August 31st at the Council's gallery at 159 South Main Street in Chambersburg, with a meet-the-artists reception to be held on Friday July 20th from 4:30-6:30 PM.
"A love a nature combined with an aptitude for technical challenges allows these artists to simplify and enhance natural forms," explains Exhibit Coordinator Anne Finucane. "Photography and ceramics may seem dissimilar, but in this show they both display a real celebration of creativity and technology."
Seven photographers are included in "Eye to Eye": Ron Chamberlin, Annette & Woody Garthwaite, Erin Martzluf and "Robbie" of Chambersburg, Grant McCormick of Orrstown and Harold Johnson of Waynesboro. Sculptural raku ceramics by Brad McNew of Chambersburg will also be featured in the exhibit.
"My mother's Kodak Brownie camera sparked my interest as a child, followed by a "Pentax Spotmatic" camera, and then a Penn State course in darkroom techniques," explains Ron Chamberlin. "Like most photographers now, I've moved to digital imaging, and the arcane fascinations of Adobe Photoshop!" Chamberlin's work has been accepted in the Harrisburg Art Association's juried exhibition, although for the most part, he explains, his enjoyment lies more in personal satisfaction than in competitive exhibition.
"I look to find the beauty of all sorts of things," says Annette Garthwaite. "I like to use close-up photography, for the way it allows the viewer to see common subjects from a unique perspective. Another current interest is portrait photography," she continues, "where my goal is to capture the true essence of each individual." Annette's photographs have earned entry into the juried Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon, and Best of Show at the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Program.
Woody Garthwaite (husband of Annette) is interested in the special photographic techniques possible with digital cameras. "I'm especially interested in low light and night photography", he explains. "You can really combine creativity and technology." Woody's work has also been accepted in the juried Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon. He earned honorable mention awards there, and second place in Chambersburg's first annual Downtown Images exhibit.
"One of the hardest things about photography is taking the time to stop and shoot the photo," says Harold Johnson, who teaches Industrial Arts at the Franklin Learning Center. "I take many pictures on the way to and from work, when the morning and evening sun provide a warm glow." Johnson's photographs have been awarded four of Embarq's phone book covers, as well as awards in the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Program's competitions.
Erin Martzluf of Chambersburg earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art from Shippensburg University, and an Associates Degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She has shown her work in a solo exhibition at Wallspace Gallery in Chambersburg, as well as at the Big Oak Cafă, Thomas June Artisan Gallery and the Orchards Restaurant.
Orrstown resident Grant McCormick was the 2001 winner of the Sprint telephone book contest, where his photograph of rustic chairs at Timber Ridge in Fulton County sparked interest for their rustic sensibility. McCormick is employed in the Counseling Department of the Chambersburg Area School District.
"I was a photographer long before I touched a camera," declares the photographer who prefers to be known just as Robbie. "As a kid playing war, I worked out plot lines, character development, and, of course, camera angles." Robbie's childhood Brownie camera was an early inspiration, with its technical limitations inspiring, rather than constraining, creativity. "I did a lot of "preposition" shooting: over, under, around and through!" explains Robbie, who has worked as a photojournalist, wedding photographer, and college instructor of photographic composition. Currently, he is working to establish Art Apart, a Chambersburg gallery that will feature the works of emerging artists and students of all ages, and that will incorporate literary and performing arts.
"I grew up enjoying the outdoors, playing in the mud," says ceramic artist Brad McNew of Chambersburg. McNew earned a B.S. degree in Art Education at Kutztown University, followed by assistantships in the ceramics departments of Cedarcrest and Muhlenburg Colleges in Allentown, PA. "I've started and sold a business and built a studio/gallery, and now I'm back playing in the mud!" His raku forms are on permanent display at the Orchards Restaurant, and he is represented by the Artisans of the World Gallery in St. Michaels, Maryland.
The show will continue through August 31st, Tuesday through Friday 10 am-4 pm and Saturday 10 am-2 pm. For more information, call the Council at 717-264-6883 or visit

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