The Council for the Arts is proud to present “”Cityscapes/Countryscapes”, paintings by Charles Brown and Jane Offner”, on view from April 26 through June 21, 2019.  Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 am-2 pm, and by appointment. 

A native of Hagerstown MD, Charles Brown began his studies of art at the Washington School of Art, and painted in watercolor, acrylic and oil for 50 years! His subjects included landscapes, seascapes, still Life, portraiture, wildlife and genre.

Charles received over 100 awards, including “Best of Show”, for his paintings, and many of his works are in private collections across the country and in Canada. Corporate collections include Mod-Pac Corporation of Buffalo, NY, and F&M Trust of Chambersburg, PA.

While living in Buffalo, NY, Charles was represented in the Members’ Gallery of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and he was a signature member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society. Upon moving to our area, he joined the Franklin County Art Alliance, of Chambersburg; the Valley Art Association of Hagerstown, MD; and the Studio Art Club of Waynesboro, PA.

Charles studied, through workshops, with Don Stone of Monhegan Island, ME; Gerald Brommer, both in ME and NJ; Tony Couch, Frank Webb and Ferdinand Petrie in Buffalo, NY: Tom Nicholas in Waynesboro, PA; and with Lester Jay Stone of Blue Ridge Summit, PA; and Liz Hurley of Boonsboro, MD. He taught painting in Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

Jane Offner grew up in Shippensburg and attended Penn State, where she graduated with an Art Education degree. She had a love of restaurants and cooking, though, and pursued a career in restaurant management with Wendy’s. She was promoted to marketing manager for a Wendy’s franchise in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. She dabbled a little in painting, needlework and knitting in the New Jersey days.

Jane moved back to Shippensburg in 2011 and continued in restaurant management until 2017 when she decided to work part time so that she would have time to also pursue an art career: “After all I was in my sixties and it was time!” Jane has exhibited her work at SHAPE (Shippensburg Arts Programming and Education) and at Gloucester County College, NJ. Her works are on display in local businesses, including Wheelhouse Cafe, Hair Cottage, Lollipop Shop and the Wenonah Borough office. She is inspired by scenes that convey nostalgic and thoughtful emotions.  “My influences are the Impressionists,” she explains, “including Van Gogh and Matisse – and lately Norman Rockwell!”

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