Abstract Concepts, on view at the Council for the Arts gallery from August 30-October 25, features paintings by Kate Keely and Vanessa Bigler.  Kate Keely currently serves as an Instructor in Visual Arts at Shippensburg University, and a Lecturer in Fine Art at Hagerstown Community College. She has also taught at Wilson College and Frostburg State University (MD). Kate earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Fine Art and Biology from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA, and her Master of Fine Arts at Radford University in Radford, VA. She has also worked as a Civic Justice team leader for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Currently, Kate’s paintings can be seen at The Foundry in downtown Chambersburg; she will be teaching a class in “The Beauty of Abstraction” at the Council for the Arts this fall.

Chambersburg artist Vanessa Bigler has exhibited her work at both the Foundry and Garage Studios in Chambersburg, and in 2017 she created an outdoor mural on the JFC Staffing Building, adjacent to the Chambersburg Hospital, commemorating the history of Chambersburg and its agricultural and industrial background. Primarily a painter, Vanessa also creates jewelry lines that she sells on Etsy, paints furniture, enjoys cosplays and created an artist podcast in 2018. She is mostly self-taught, but holds an Associate in the Arts from HACC Gettysburg. By day Vanessa creates art via hair as a cosmetologist, and looks forward to expanding into more local and state art exhibitions.

The Council conducts classes and displays the work of local artists at 81 North Main Street, Chambersburg. For more information, call 717-264-6883.