Local artists to showcase work at Ross Library

PHOTO PROVIDED A piece by Peg Johnston.

LOCK HAVEN — “The Peg, Joe and Karen Show,” featuring work by local artists Peg Johnston, Joe Bitner and Karen Elias, and held annually at the Ross Library, will be shown for a month at the library’s gallery. The exhibit first opened on Monday, Dec. 2.

Peg Johnston has been drawing and painting since she was a little girl living in Jackson, N.J. Working in oil paint and water colors, she produces still lifes and vivid landscapes, many inspired by close observation of life lived close to the Susquehanna. A longtime resident of Lock Haven, Peg has painted with Alex Kedzierski, David Hopkins, Bill Foster, Stan Wisniewski and George Stefanski.

Joe Bitner has been interested in the arts all his life. He views the arts as another place to examine existence and experience. He doesn’t feel that he is making much headway in this cause. He is considering a life in science or religion. Joe has been known to exclaim in public, “I’ll never understand what this is all about” and then he goes on exploring existence and experience by beginning another of his exciting, provocative paintings.

Karen Elias, whose share of the show is called “Small Earthly Consolations,” explains her focus. ” In his book The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, David Wallace-Wells talks about moving away from a ‘world convulsed by spiritual pain toward small, earthly consolations.’ The last phrase leapt out at me. When I was reading the book, it was early spring. I walked around, looking closely at the surface of the earth. I picked up one consolation after another. Here they are,” she said.

“We look forward to contributing our work to the library exhibit every December,” states Bitner. “We not only get a chance to see what each of us has been working on during the past year, but we’re also stimulated and inspired by the others’ techniques. We’re excited by the way the juxtapositions in the room, sometimes harmonious and sometimes disruptive, create a dialogue that is always interesting.”

PHOTO PROVIDED A piece by Joe Bitner.

The public is invited to a reception at the library on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. The show will be up through the end of December.

PHOTO PROVIDED A piece by Karen Elias.


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