The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 25, 2013

Art meets wine tonight in Lewisburg


LEWISBURG — Fero Vineyards & Winery, 925 JPM Road, Lewisburg, will host an exhibition featuring the work of artist Meaghan Troup of Mifflinburg. The exhibit will open with an artist reception 5-6 p.m. tonight, July 25, with light h’orderves and wine. The exhibit will run for six months.

Troup began drawing at an early age, and is primarily a self-taught artist. A love for nature is evident in the bold hues and subject matter of Troup’s work, which is heavily influenced by the Finger Lakes region where she grew up. Although trained in a variety of media, Troup works predominantly with oil paint.

Painting almost exclusively with a palette knife, her work embodies energetic texture and expressive motion. Palette knife painting is less common than painting with brushes as this technique can be difficult to master. Troup enjoys this method of painting as it forces her to more acutely consider light, shadow, and colors resulting in almost impressionistic works with bold hues and dynamic vitality.

Many describe Troup’s work as simultaneously vibrant and peaceful, qualities she believes stem from a three-year battle with leukemia as a teenager and her deep faith in God. The heightened appreciation she gained for life, she says, is displayed in the vivacity of her work. Facing the possibility of death altered the way she perceives the blessing of life and taught her to see the beauty in the world regardless of current circumstances.

Troup’s work has been featured at the Bare Metal Gallery in Northumberland and the Kind Cafe in Selinsgrove. Her work was accepted to the Post and Lintel Gallery and Pepper’s Gallery in Selinsgrove. The Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center displayed several of her pieces last year in conjunction with the non-for profit organization Center Stage as part of  a program to beautify the hospital and provide uplifting artwork for patients to view. Troup’s relationship with this program is on-going.

More recently, her work was accepted to the Bridge Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. The Bridge Gallery is affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Center and aims at creating a more beautiful and encouraging environment for patients. The Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner’s Office at the Capital Complex in Harrisburg exhibits 15 of Troup’s artworks on a permanent quarterly rotation, and most recently, the Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen, N.Y., will display Troup’s work in its exhibit “Earth and Fire.”

Troup is a 2006 Graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, N.Y.; and a 2009 graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she earned a masters degree in integrated marketing communications. Troup had the opportunity to study Renaissance art and architecture while spending a semester at Oxford University in 2006. Troup currently works full-time as a graphic designer for Resilite Sporting Goods in Northumberland.

View Troup’s artwork online at www.meagdesign.shutterfly.com.