Perry Winkler to showcase work at The Station Gallery

Perry Winkler

LOCK HAVEN — A new artist will be showcasing his work at The Station Gallery, 2 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven, as part of the gallery’s final Invitational Artist Series.

Water colorist Perry Winkler’s a talented and enthusiastic artist who has dedicated his professional life to art, and who has a highly respected reputation by members of the general community as well as members of professional art related organizations for creating quality and thought provoking artwork.

Winkler’s work reflects years of training and skill development through art education both publicly and privately.

He stands well rounded in numerous forms of art media but finds watercolors as his main focus in achieving his creative goals.

Winkler, originally from Ashville, Pa., has left a mark in both that community and Central Pennsylvania over the years. He also attributes his creative muse to the beauty of Pennsylvania.

“Being raised in the landscape of rural Pennsylvania in the 1960s and 70s I had a perception of what America was. It was during that time that I began to define myself as an artist. Who would I be? What would I paint? And most importantly, What would I Say? For me, art has always been a language. It has been a format to express my appreciation for all of the beautiful things I’ve seen and experienced in my life,” he said.

Winkler began his education in art while attending the Graphic Arts program at the Jefferson County Vocational Technical School in Reynoldsville, Pa. Winkler graduated in 1976 after recieving the Outstanding Student Artist Award.

He’s received numerous awards and honors over the years including earning national attention in 2013 when his painting titled “My Favorite Corner” was selected as number one out of over 3,500 entries in the Kirkland’s Home Stores “Next Great American Artist Competition.”

Winkler’s paintings have been printed on holiday editions of Biltmore Estates’ Holiday wine in both 2013 and 2016 and, more recently, he took first in the 2018 Blair County Arts Festival with his painting titled “Rooftop View (The Old Edwards Inn)”.

For the past several years, Winkler has been teaching watercolor technique for public schools Artist in Residence programs and continues to dedicate much of his time as the manager of the Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center in DuBois, Pa. Currently the Winkler Gallery represents the regions most successful artists.

Recently, “A Homeward Glance”, was published. This coffee table book features an intimate collection of water colors that represent an insightful perspective of his surroundings.

All credits aside, Winkler insists that it’s all about the art.

“It stands to reason that if you love what you do, and you work at it, you’ll do it well,” he said.

“I love knowing that people derive pleasure from what I do. It can’t be about money or notoriety. It is about communicating ideas,” he continued.

Members of the community are encouraged to come to the gallery on Friday, Oct. 12 for an opening reception of Winkler’s exhibit.

“His work should be enjoyed by the community as he covers heartfelt subjects in a realistic and wonderfully painterly style,” CCAC President Carol Cillo said.