Eric Brennan is both an artist and teacher; his work as been featured in regional venues including the Thought Lot (solo exhibition, Shippensburg, PA), Art Works (Johnstown, PA), Dixon University Center (Harrisburg, PA), Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Kaufmann Gallery (Shippensburg, PA). His work was also selected as Best of Show of the Graduate Scholars Forum at Indiana University of PA. He received his BA in Art Education from Shippensburg University in 2011 and earned his MFA in Fine Arts from Indiana University of PA with a focus in drawing and painting in 2015. Brennan currently enjoys teaching at Greencastle Antrim High School in their newly developed STEAM Department, and after receiving an additional teaching certification, he now instructs courses in Engineering & Design and Product Design.
Waynesboro, PA native Austin Davis graduated from Shippensburg University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with a minor in business administration. “I was always a creative type, but it wasn’t until a fear of calculus drove me away from another major that I truly decided to pursue art in college!” he explains. The artist’s senior project focused on drypoint etchings and their history as a precursor to commercial art and illustration. He created a series All the Barns are Burning featuring barns located along the Route 11 corridor. “The medium of intaglio prints overlaid with heavy inks allowed me to take a basic drawing of the barns and manipulate the atmosphere of each print to create what appears as billowing smoke or a raging storm.” Davis works full time at a local financial institution and has begun independently studying the works of more contemporary illustrators such as Al Hirschfeld, Ronald Searle, Gerald Scarfe, and Ralph Steadman.
A graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art, Jessica John works with a wide variety of media, but most enjoys painting. While at art school, she discovered a technique that creates unusual, minuscule patterns using acrylic and latex paints. “I’ve always been captivated by scientific imagery”, she explains, “and the beautiful texture created by the paints reminded me of organic patterns.” John’s work combines what she calls “informed minimalism” (mathematical designs that convey autobiographical information) with this painting technique. “While it is sometimes frustratingly temperamental, it can yield complexity, surprise and a novel beauty.”
The Council for the Arts conducts classes and displays the work of local artists at the gallery.
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