The Council for the Arts proudly presents “Lasting Impressions: Landscapes by Laurie McKelvie, Linda Mosemann and Ann Ruppert”, sponsored by David Rahauser, Attorney at Law. The show will be on view April 27 through June 22, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am – 2 pm, or by appointment, with a First Friday Reception May 4th, from 5-7pm. For more information, call 717-264-6883.
Shippensburg artist Laurie McKelvie is a graduate of the University of Delaware with an Art Education degree, and has enjoyed traveling the world with her husband and daughters, teaching and painting for many of the past thirty years. After teaching in Madison, Alabama for eleven years, Laurie now lives in the beautiful woods in Shippensburg, PA and continues to pursue her love affair with pastels. “I love the richness of color and the immediacy of pastels,” she says, and inspired by color, light and nature, she continues to learn about this medium both by taking workshops with professional pastel artists such as Richard McKinley and Albert Handell, and by working with her pastel group at The Council For The Arts in Chambersburg.
Laurie’s work has been accepted into the juried National Pastel Society competition held by the Pastel Society of the West Coast as well as the juried show of the Huntsville (AL) Art League, where she was also honored with a one-person show. Locally, her work was included in the juried exhibition of the York Art Alliance and earned first and second place awards in the pastel category of Franklin County Art Alliance membership show. The Washington County Arts Council in Hagerstown, MD featured her art in “Brushes With Nature”, a 3-artist exhibition.
Linda Mosemann graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Art Education and worked as an art specialist in the PA public school system for 35 years. During that time she also organized arts festivals for young children as a means of showing them the value of the arts in their lives. Linda began pursuing her own art again after retirement from teaching. “I gain inspiration for my work from the rural landscape of Fulton County, PA where I reside,” she explains. “My goal is to capture the mood of the landscape. Observing the effect light has on the objects of nature is critical for me.”
Linda works mainly in pastel, a dry pigment, which lends itself well to transitioning from drawing to painting. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in the tri-state area and has been displayed in the juried Cumberland Valley Artists show at the Washington County Museum of Art, MD, as well as in the membership shows of the Franklin County Art Alliance and the Fulton County Art Council. She has continued her art education with workshops under pastel artists Michael Chesley Johnson, Susan Ogilvie, and Richard McKinley. She is currently a member of the Fulton Co. Art Council and the Franklin Co. Art Alliance in Pennsylvania.
“Because I enjoy using a variety of mediums in my artwork,” says Fairfield artist Ann Ruppert, “I consider myself a multi-media artist. Using oil and watercolor paints as well as soft and oil pastels, colored pencils, polymer clay, fine silver and copper, and handmade papers, I am entirely motivated by the beauty of the natural world.” Ann graduated with a B.A. degree in education and a minor in art from Catholic University, where she studied design, drawing and painting with Kenneth Noland, well-known color school artist. While raising a family, she continued to study, taking sculpture, art history, drawing and painting at Prince George’s Community College, and then Mt. Saint Mary’s University where she took up watercolor painting under the tutelage of Walter Nichols and oil painting with Helen Lee Jones, both former Wilson College faculty. Ann has furthered her education with master pastelists Richard McKinley and Albert Handell, and continues to expand her skills by taking classes at the Adams County Arts Council and the Chambersburg Council for the Arts.
Ann has exhibited a series of animal woodcut prints at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and has exhibited her work at Mt. Saint Mary’s University, the Delaplaine Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD, Gallery 30 in Gettysburg, PA and at Strathmore Hall, in Montgomery County, MD. Her work has also been juried into the 2017 and 2018 Cumberland Valley Artists Show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, MD and the Adams County Juried Exhibition in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Ann’s work and her studio can also be seen during the Foothills Artists’ Annual Tour held each November in the Liberty Valley, Adams County, PA.
The Council conducts classes and displays the work of local artists at 81 North Main Street, Chambersburg. For more information, call 717-264-6883.