Posted On On: September 16, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

The Art Association of Harrisburg, in collaboration with Historic Harrisburg Association, Susquehanna Art Museum, and the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has been recognizing the significance of “architecture”  in the world of art this fall under the umbrella of “Towards a New/Old Architecture.” SAM, HHA and AAH have all presented exhibitions with architectural themes this fall, and “Architectural Visions,” scheduled for October 23 through November 25, is the second show in the AAH series. The opening reception will take place Friday, October 23, from 5 to 8 PM, hosted by Anne Davis and Ellen Warren, with music by Jonathan Frazier. The exhibition will remain on view at the AAH galleries at 21 N. Front St. through November 25.

ALVA by Frazier

“Architectural Visions” is sponsored by Saul Ewing LLP, and the AIA of Central Pennsylvania.  Selected by AAH Curator Terrie Hosey, the exhibition’s artists include: Gene Pembroke of Philadelphia, Carlo DiTono of Newville, Rich Gribble of Harrisburg, Jonathan Frazier of Dillsburg, Sam Sneeder of Mechanicburg, and the late Wanda Macomber.

Architect Rich Gribble completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, and received his Master of Architecture degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Gribble is a registered architect in PA, MD, and DE. In 2003, he moved from NYC to central PA, where he serves on the boards of the AIA Central PA Chapter and Historic Harrisburg Association. He formerly both served on the AAH Board and also taught a sculpture class. Gribble’s sculpture inspirations come from both the natural and the man’s built environment. His explorations as a sculptor remain rooted in organized space and form, but free of the requirements of function. He says that he finds that creating sculpture enables him to break free from his work as an architect.

Carlo DiTono, also an architect, emphasizes that drawing and art have always been an important part of his life. He graduated from Texas Tech University and returned home to Central PA to pursue his career in architecture, while continuing to use his drawing skills to communicate ideas to clients, explaining how those ideas will meet their needs and benefit their environment. He explains that “perspective renderings, whether a quick sketch or a fully-detailed presentation, give the client a realistic view of their project, helping them to visualize those goals.”

Gene Pembroke, photographer, says that he photographs all manner of subjects, but travel allows him to experience and enjoy a “fascinating scope of architecture from many different cultures, and across many centuries.” He stresses that architecture “illuminates the relationships within a society; there are walls, but also bridges.” For the current show, Pembroke chose images that touch on the illusion of permanence, and that some of the photographs are of ruins, some of sacred spaces, and some of buildings reflected in water.

Sam Sneeder, a graduate of Kutztown University where he received a BS and MA in art education, is from Millersburg originally, and taught art to high school students for 30 years.  Sneeder’s work frequently changes, and he quips, “Every time I am asked to describe my work – I change it.” He feels that describing one’s work leaves the viewer out of the equation. However, he does elaborate that his work is a “unique aesthetic, drawing  inspiration from fluid colour and shapes, appealing to both visual and visceral levels intended to pull in the viewer. You and like or dislike my paintings, but it’s difficult to ignore them.”

Jonathan Frazier is known both for his expressively-coloured oil landscapes as well as his meticulous ink-and-ink architectural renderings. His work in Architectural Visions bridges that wide stylistic gap with vibrantly-coloured oil paintings of various urban street and railscapes. Frazier attended the Harrisburg Art Magnet School during his senior year of high school, before attending the Maryland Institute of Art for two year. He then went on to acquire his BFA in painting from Kutztown University. Residing in this area, Frazier makes his living from dual pursuits of visual art and musical performance. He is the youngest member of the Seven Lively Artists, and his paintings have been juried into exhibitions at The State Museum, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Lebanon Valley College, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club.  With his architectural renderings in numerous private collections, Frazier was recently commissioned to draw both the Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s residences for the outgoing officials.

The late Wanda Macomber, born in 1927 in Michigan, studied commercial art at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and moved to PA in 1949. Macomber painted the PA landscape and still-lifes with palette knife early in her career, with her first exhibition presented in Charley Gohn’s Harrisburg gallery on 13th Street.  She broke away from her floral still-lifes in the late 1950’s when she studied with Colonel Pusey at Dickinson College, and began to paint hardedge architectural images, inspired by the glass and structure of  city buildings. Wanda Macomber’s paintings became celebrations of the light and space of the new buildings emerging in Harrisburg, especially Strawberry Square and the Capitol’s East Wing. Through the AAH Sales Gallery, Macomber’s paintings were placed in the corporate collections of PA Blue Shield, Dauphin Deposit Bank and many other businesses, as well as in private homes. Although Wanda Macomber died at age 74 in 2001, her paintings continue as testimony to her vision and talent, and to the architectural Renaissance that was Harrisburg in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Call 717-236-1432 or visit www.artassocofhbg.com for more information about the exhibition.