Group Exhibition: A Preview of the Artists who will be featured at Heartland
Point during 2013-2014 -- May 8 - June 28
A Wayne Center for the Arts sponsored exhibition now showing at Heartland Point in Orrville, Ohio
Cynthia Bethel -- Cindy started painting in watercolors when her daughters graduated from high school. She has taught herself painting and took classes and workshops when time allowed to improve her techniques. This has also lead opportunities to meet new friends who share her interests. Over the years, she has exhibited her watercolors with the Wayne Center for the Arts Watercolor Guild, W.A.G.E. and in Pennsylvania. Some of her pieces have been donated to Hospice, Viola Startman Free Clinic and other organizations. She has served as President of the Watercolor Guild and is also a member of W.A.G.E. in Wooster. She has also done commissions for friends and finds it to be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby.
Matt Ramseyer -- As far back as he can remember Matt has always loved to draw. He remembers sitting on my dad’s lap in church and they would draw cows. Matt says, “Growing up on a dairy farm it is no wonder I was slightly obsessed with bovine, oddly enough I still kind of am. As I developed as an artist cows and any farm animal were the easiest subjects I could capture since so many hours of my life were spent working with them. After realizing the farming culture was not for me I pursued an Art Education degree from the University of Akron and acquired a position at Orrville High School.” After gaining experience in numerous artistic media Ramseyer has come to realize that acrylic suits him best “because it lends itself to a wide variety of techniques. While I do still enjoy painting animals I have started to work in a more abstract way as well. In a workshop with Kris Wyler at Malone University I learned a technique that intrigued me. Through making initial design decisions such as composition or color you then just follow the artwork’s lead. In essence, letting the art speak for itself.”
Joanne Hostetler Murray -- Joanne graduated from the University of Akron with an Associate Degree (with honors) in Commercial Art. Following her graduation she opened her own studio where she painted murals, illustrated children’s stories for “Story Friends” and “On the Line,” and was versatile, doing both painted hand lettering and calligraphy with pen and ink for clients. Through the years, Joanne and her husband Ron have volunteered a total of five years while living in Colorado. She grew to love painting the mountains, plains, and big sky scenery of Colorado, and continues to do so back home in her Ohio studio. Always wanting to grow as an artist, she recently started to paint in the impressionistic style.
Charlene Gross -- Charlene has been the Resident Costume Designer Ohio Light Opera since 2004. She is a native of Vermilion, Ohio. Her costume designs for theatre and dance have been seen on and off Broadway in New York City, across the country, and on the West End London stage. Theatre credits include work with the Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, The Royal Theatre, The Public Theater (NYC), The Manhattan Theatre Club, Cleveland Playhouse, and Cleveland Museum of Art’s Viva! and Gala. Dance designs include The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), New York University, The Juilliard School, Dance Space, Kunningham Studios, & GroundWorks. During the academic year, she is the Resident Costume Designer at the College of Wooster’s Department of Theatre and Dance. As the Resident Costume Designer and Production Manager for Ohio Light Opera, she has designed costumes for 30 operettas and musicals and one set.
Janice Mori Gallagher -- Jan cannot remember a time when she didn’t make art. As a child, she thought she’d be an art teacher, but a well-meaning guidance counselor talked her out of that dream, and she majored in English, completing a Ph.D. in Reading and Writing. For nineteen years she taught English always incorporating art into her curriculum. As a superintendent in the Euclid City Schools, she was in charge of curriculum K-12 and professional development. Teachers learned in her workshops the importance of integrating art into their lessons. She has more than 25 articles published in educational journals and text books, mostly about integrating art into the curriculum. Jann’s art springs from the stories that define and shape her. Her passion is preserving the earth. To that end, she tries to make art from recycled bits and pieces. One of her friends recently said, “You make art from nothing at all.” It’s true.
Anthony P. Gallagher Jr. -- Anthony is a self-taught artist, woodworker, and calligrapher who was born is Barberton, Ohio. He graduated from Kent State University, married his high school sweetheart and best friend, and they have lived in Wooster the past 37 years where they raised their four children. Woodworking has been his primary focus since early childhood. He was influenced by his grandfather who often spent summer afternoons making porch and yard furniture. Anthony still has a sitting bench made over 58 years ago.
The artwork is available for public viewing during Heartland Point’s regular business hours:
Mon – Wed, 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday, 6:30 am to 8:00 pm
Friday, 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
200 N. Main Street
Orrville, Ohio 44667
Phone: (330) 682-0200