Abstract Art: When Discipline and Freedom Meet to Dance

Featured Organization: Adams County Arts Council

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Abstract art embraces a paradox of discipline and freedom.  The artist uses finely honed skills to tangibly communicate an intangible inspiration.  During the creative process, “something truly new emerges for the artist,” explains Andrew Smith, a photographer featured in the Adams County Arts Council’s (ACAC) Abstract Show, on display at the Council’s Arts Education Center during the month of August.  This creative journey continues for viewers, who can’t help but approach each piece “with fresh eyes, apart from [the artist’s] experience.”

The Abstract Show’s diverse range of style and subject matter includes paintings, photography, sculpture, woodcarving and mixed media pieces as varied as the imaginations of the artists who conceived them. From the creative investigation of physics in Andrea Theisson’s oil painting, Coriolis to the exploration of line and color in Linda Toomey’s delightfully emotive oil painting (above), Two Dancing Figures, to macro-photography that reveals hidden dimensions of light in Robyn Waters’ Energy Botanica (below), the show promises to provoke reflection and appreciation for the wealth of artistry in our community.

As part of the First Friday Celebration, the ACAC will host a reception on August 2 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Participating artists will attend the event to meet and greet the public. All showcased pieces are original and for sale.

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Also on display throughout August is a show of paintings by local artist, Gary Casteel.  As part of the exhibit, a nostalgic biographical sketch tells the story of a young boy always armed with a piece of brown wrapping paper and a pencil, sketching agrarian landscapes for which he could only imagine adding color, since crayons and paint were not available to him.  Thankfully, as an adult, Casteel was able to bring his inspirations to fruition with an impressive collection that marries abstract color and fluidity to significant Gettysburg landscapes.  A black and white photo and narrative of the subject location’s significance in the town’s rich history accompanies each of the pieces.  The display is a stunning complement to the Abstract Show, and it is, of course, also timely with Gettysburg’s ongoing 150th celebration.

For more information about the First Friday Event, these three exhibitions, upcoming exhibitions, art classes, and other news and events from the Adams County Arts Council, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.

The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

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