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Where Art Lives In Warren

Crary officials paint portrait of local art gallery

September 25, 2010
A long history and continued activity make the Crary Art Gallery one of the area’s important art centers. During Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry’s Eggs and Issues series Friday morning, Crary Art Gallery Board of Directors Member Thomas Paquette said the gallery has showcased a new artist every other month over the past year. Next fall, he said the gallery will host a show featuring art professors from Edinboro University. This December, Paquette said an exhibit will feature abstract work from Lainard Bush of Spring Creek. Rob Evans will display his work in the latter part of spring, he said. Treasurer Tom Jackson said the gallery began in 1977. After Gene Crary died in 1988, he said she donated land, buildings, contents and funding for a corporation to be formed which maintains the gallery. “The gallery is truly a treasure,” Jackson said. “I’m an accountant but I’ve gained an appreciation for art through the gallery.” Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Chair John W. Walker discussed the society’s 31st annual show the gallery will host from Oct. 1 to Nov. 14. In January, he said society officials sent notices to art magazines and received almost 400 entries. In the past, Walker said watercolors looked washy and transparent. Due to development in the past several years, he said some people now have trouble telling them apart from oil paintings at a distance. While presenting some of the examples in a slide show, Walker said the computer images pale in comparison to the originals. Although he had worked with the computer images while preparing for the show, he said walking through the gallery and seeing the paintings still impressed him. The society started in 1979, Walker said, after 12 artists donated $15 each and elected officers. That year, he said they held their first juried art show. “There was poor attendance,” Walker said. “Three Mile Island nearly melted down and overshadowed the exhibit.” Each spring, Walker said the society holds a member show. Many times the exhibition draws over 600 entries, he said.

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Membership drive
Crary Art Gallery Treasurer Tom Jackson talks about the gallery’s new membership drive.



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