By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — The Susquehanna Art Society’s 2013 art show, presenting 273 examples of the creativity and talent of 142 area artists is a deceptively straightforward collection of some brilliant paintings, photographs and sculptures — all of which can be viewed in the community room of the Degenstein Library, in Sunbury.
The scope of art work is vast, with paintings ranging in style and texture from splashy modernistic paintings to quiet, rustic agricultural scenes. A new category this year, Deeds of Peace, highlights art work relating to war time and its aftermath. “Fireworks,” by student painter Lauren Noll, of Shamokin, is a notable work by a very young, promising artist.
The submitted photography is wildly creative, and in some cases highly unusual. Witness John Nicholson’s “The Packard,” which will make you blink twice before enjoying it.
B.J. Maker, of Milton, has been a member of the Art Society for about a year, but a long-time admirer of the group, which now numbers about 150 people.
“When you look around here at what’s in this show, you’ll notice it’s really fabulous art,” Maker said. “A lot of the art here is done by students, but there are adult beginners too, as well as more experienced artists. I am amazed at the quality of work here and I think the public will feel the same way.”
Maker said quite a few of the artists are retired teachers, “and their work kind of pops out at you,” she said, admiringly. “I am always super impressed. I’ve been coming to the show for about four years before joining the Society.
Maker’s favorite paintings are natural scenes. “But there is a painting here of an animal that talks to me,” she said.
There is something at the art show for every taste.
“I like things to be recognizable,” Maker continued. “I am more of a soft and fuzzy person so I like paintings that make me feel calm, and invigorated at the same time. But I do appreciate the full range of art here, the photography, watercolors, sculpture.”
The best of show piece, “Sherfy House On the Gettysburg Battlefield,” by Julie Riker is a beautiful oil painting, with great texture and style.
Besides Riker’s winning entry, other winners included, in the adult advanced category, Naomi Ilgenfritz (opaque/oils, acrylics, pastels), Vicki Renn (watercolors), John Troxell (photography) and Sharon McCuen (other).
Adult intermediate winners are Paul Tuckmantel (opaque/oils, acrylics, pastels), Carole Ewing (watercolors), Erin Venarchick (photography), and Elizabeth Shemory (other).
Adult beginner winners are Donna Reynolds (opaque/oils, acrylics, pastels), Judith Bauer (watercolors), Jennifer Klinger (photography), and Shelly Emery (other).
Winners in the student category are Logan Carpenter (opaque/oils, acrylics, pastels), Garrett Howell (watercolors), Nathan Klinger (photography), and Abbey Noll (other).
Deeds of War winners were Tom Wise (advanced), Barbara Christine (intermediate), Dolores Komlos (beginner) and Lauren Noll (student).
The artwork will be on display until Aug. 21, and is open to the public during library hours plus Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.