Four distinct worldviews will be on display next weekend in Carbondale.
The Chamber Gallery will present the group exhibition titled “An Artists Quartet: Four Visions,” featuring paintings by four area artists with varied subjects and styles. The artists include Linda Watso, Vilma Ferrari, Debbie Jennings and Rudy Grimm. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 13, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Chamber Gallery, 27 N. Main St. in Carbondale. Live entertainment will be provided by vocalist/musician Sandra Anderson. Admission is free.
The exhibit “is a visual exploration of the worldview of four individuals from our region,” said Ruthanne Jones, director of the Chamber Gallery.
Linda Watso has been painting since childhood, developing over time to select flowers, landscapes, birds, sunsets, oceans and lakes as her subjects.
“My first art instruction set was ‘Learn to Draw’ with Jon Gnagy,” she said. “As time went on, I took as many art classes in school that were allowed. The school loved my work and gave me extra classes each year. When I reached high school, I was accepted into the commercial art class at the Lackawanna County Vo-Tech, which was a half-day class. There I learned oils, watercolor, pen and ink, chalk and oil pastels.”
She took some time off to raise her family but about six years ago, “I picked up my paint brush again and have been painting every day since then,” she said.
Rudolf Grimm was born in Worms, Germany in 1932 has painted throughout his life and has found oil painting to be his favorite medium. Grimm, with his great interest in nature and conservation, focuses his attention depicting animals in nature, capturing the mood of the animals in his wildlife paintings. In his wildlife paintings, he expresses his love for nature and its creatures.
“As a young man living through WWII, I have experienced atrocities and cruelty. My sympathy lies with wildlife as a representation or mirror of goodness, beauty and freedom.”
Debbie Jennings thinks of herself as an “appreciator” and is a well-known supporter of all the arts, not only in Carbondale, but also throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Debbie has attended all of the Chamber Gallery openings and given encouragement to each artist exhibiting.
“Her work displays the honesty and the pure joy of creating and is a perfect addition to the group,” Jones noted.
The fourth artist in the exhibition is Vilma Ferrari. Primarily a mural artist, born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, discovered her talent for art as she was growing up in Canada,
“It was in her daughters’ bedrooms that began her love of mural painting by creating a full wall piece of art that not only brought her youngest daughter’s room to life, but also told a story,” Jones explained. “From there she branched out to nurseries, restaurants, yoga studios, hair salons, and has recently delved into the world of canvas.”
Ferrari has coordinated paint nights in the past and said she is always looking for new opportunities to create, learn and grow in her artwork.
“I was given a gift to bring a blank wall or canvas alive. The joy and peace each finished mural and painting brings me is indescribable.”