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June 5, 2014

Klein creates with clicks

DANVILLE — Glen Klein creates works of art and some whimsy with a computer.

“It’s just me having fun with a computer,” he said.

His pieces on canvas, at first glance, appear to be oil or acrylic.

Klein’s series of “The Joke’s on Danville” is downright comical.

Cows grazing in downtown Danville, a tractor plowing up Mill Street with a construction worker warning drivers to go slow, tomatoes growing on Market Street being crossed by chickens and an Italian swing ride on the cupola of the Montour County Courthouse.

He has reproduced those photo graphic designs into popular postcards.

“I got the original idea because you see stories about Geisinger in the national press about being in a rural town in Pennsylvania. What do people think of a rural town,” he asked.

Klein has also created scenes on canvas with a computer, such as “Seeing the Forest but for the Trees,” “The Politics of Playgrounds” and bumper cars from Knoebels Groves Amusement Resort.

For a balancing art portrayal, he used images from a hallway outside the Library of Congress and flipped it, added a guy balancing on chairs, a woman on the beach at Atlantic City, a photographer and birds.

He likes to work with landscapes and nature.

His image of “Millie in the Pulpit” was the poster for last year’s Spring Thaw Art Show and Sale in Danville.

When the Danville Arts Council was started, his image of cows grazing in downtown Danville was used to promote the council. Klein is an arts council board member.

He also sells historical reprints of photos from old postcards and photos from the Library of Congress. Images include Babe Ruth, trains and coal mining.

He used a Beatles photograph and added their lyrics overtop. A picture he took during a trip with his wife, Donna, last year to Italy shows torn-off posters. “I thought it would make an interesting composition,” he said.

Starting with a photo, he created an abstract view of New York City.

From an old photo of men in straw hats waiting for the start of a Jack Dempsey fight, is his depiction of hats.

He got into photographic design in his 25th year in business. “I was invited to a show at Artspace in Bloomsburg and that got me going in this direction,” the Danville area native said.

“I always liked logo design,” said Klein who started Klein Artworks, Printing and Graphics of Danville in 1986.

As a child, he started drawing cartoon characters. He knew early on he didn’t want to follow the footsteps of his butcher dad.

At Danville High School, he was influenced by art teacher Charlie Berkey. “We did everything — ceramics, painting, pencil, metal etching, photography,” he said.

Klein graduated from Berkey’s alma mater — Kutztown University —with a degree in commercial art in 1980.

He has shown his works in Danville, Lewisburg, Sunbury, Bloomsburg and Williamsport. He was part of the Lewisburg Arts Festival for the first time this year. He will participate in the Susquehanna Art Society Show on Aug. 13, the Iron Heritage Festival in July and Danville Arts and Crafts Show this fall.

He is a member of the North Mountain Art League, Fine Art America and Susquehanna River Artists.

He was among 19 artists who worked on the Confluence, a cooperative project of the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Susquehanna River Arts Artists and Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series who created 18 individual panels. A 7-foot by 62-foot piece, it winds through Bloomsburg University’s Haas Auditorium. Klein created one of the panels. A video of it is on YouTube.

His work can also be seen at www.northmountainartleague.com and fineartamerica.com/art/all/glen+klein/all.

Following college graduation, Klein worked a few years for North Central Digital Systems before founding his business which began as an art studio in his home. He later moved to a garage to start his print shop, to the former McVey’s Furniture Store and then to 800 Continental Blvd. That is where North Central is.

Klein has been in business 28 years, 13 years at his current location.

He offers a full-service print shop from design, artwork to the finished printed piece. John Litterer is his press operator.

Some of Klein’s work has traveled out of state. Salty Ferguson, who played women’s baseball during World War II, appeared in the movie “A League of Their Own” and lives in Columbia County. She ordered baseball cards from him. Since then, he has printed cards of other players from the league from as far as Michigan.

Email to kblackledge@thedanvillenews.com.

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