SAMA-Bedford exhibition showcases the creative process behind art | Characteristics

BEDFORD, PA – This show gives viewers a glimpse into the processes behind the art.

The exhibition “From Inception to Execution” is on display until November 13 at the Ashe Gallery, the Joan and Jerry Hawk Gallery and the regional galleries of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Bedford, located in the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St.

The exhibition features works by local artists Richard Coble and Susan Coble, Mary Beth Landis and Heather Davis who range from sculptural metallurgy to photography and painting.

Morgan Young, site coordinator for SAMA-Bedford, said the exhibit plays on the “Industry: The Building Process” exhibit on display in the Titelman Galleries.

“I wanted to show at the local and regional level some of the problem-solving with creation and artistic creation,” she said.

“I think there is a very relevant connection there. The artists that I have selected all illustrate different places of art in their profession.

Breezewood residents Richard Coble and Susan Coble are jewelers.

“They are small-scale, three-dimensional sculptors with jewelry making,” Young said.

Davis, an Everett resident who has been painting full time since 2013, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in painting.

“It connects both large-scale sculpture and painting,” Young said.

Landis, a resident of Bedford, works in photography. His images are based on his interpretations of the subject’s geometric structure.

“It’s two-dimensional, but a very sharp and keen visual sense,” Young said.

She said there is an eclectic mix of thinking and building on the part of the four artists who work with different mediums.

“I wanted to present not just a specific medium,” Young said.

“I liked the idea that in all mediums all artists are always faced with problems and the question of how to get from point A to point B.”

“The process of evolving, creating, tweaking, and working with your medium to get from point A to point B parallels the industrial age of solving a problem and how to get through it. idea of ​​what you want to express until the final piece. “

She added that the strength of creativity unites artists.

“Each of these artists is exemplary in terms of their ability to show that it didn’t happen naturally,” Young said.

“These are well thought out, articulate pieces that are beautifully made and well presented.”

She said the show featured more than 120 works of art.

“I would like this exhibit to inspire those who visit in a very specific way,” Young said.

“I would like them to think about art in the creative problem-solving process behind everything.”

Along with the exhibit, Davis will lead a lecture from noon to 2 p.m. on October 9 that will focus on dyslexia and how it has affected her work and thought process.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn more about how the brain works and see how a dyslexic brain creates unique paintings and sculptures,” Young said.

The cost is $ 35 and registration is suggested.

The museum’s opening hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Entrance to the exhibition is free.

For more information, call 814-589-3020 or visit

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @ KellyUrban25.

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