Two of the region’s best known artists collaborate in a timely exhibit that’s positively inspiring in every respect. It’s also quite expansive: “A Breath of Fresh Air” includes over 100 original paintings–many displayed to the public for the first time–as well as fine art reproductions and matted prints.
Exhibit Opening Reception: April 30, 2021 6-9 pm
Exhibition runs thru June 26 and is available for viewing weekdays 9 am to 4 pm.
RUSSELL SLOCUM Landscapes & Seascapes
Russ Slocum is best known for his landscapes of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the coast of Maine. He works primarily in oils and pastels, occasionally in acrylics. Most of his oil paintings are done en plein air, at least in part. Some are finished on the spot, others in the studio. The rest of his landscapes are painted from his own photos and sketches.
His work can be seen in several galleries and venues in Berks and Chester Counties, including West Reading’s Art Plus Gallery, where he is co-director of the non-profit artist cooperative.
In making the 2014 transition to a full-time artist, Russ retired from a 40-year career in advertising as an agency owner, creative director and copywriter. During that stretch he also published articles in The New York Times Magazine, Playboy and Atlantic, and wrote two dozen children's story-coloring books. In 2011, he co-authored The Bit Ching Book of Change.
Russ and his wife Ann live in Wyomissing, PA
KAREN WEBER Paintings designed to make you smile
Remarkably versatile and enthusiastically collected, Karen is widely known for her ability to capture unique quirks and personalities of animals. When she’s not working on a heart-warming pet portrait (she earns dozens of commissions each year), her boundless imagination is usually painting animals–ranging from snails and blackbirds to elephants and fauna of any size and stripe in between–into playful, often unexpected situations.
Karen’s whimsical oil paintings are showcased in several galleries in Southeastern PA, including Art Plus Gallery. As director from 2015-2018, Karen oversaw the growth of this non-profit artist cooperative to become a major hub in the regional art scene.
Most of Karen’s finished artwork is exceptionally organic in nature, starting with panels that she personally cuts and preps, through frames that she makes herself, often with reclaimed barn wood.
She resides in St. Lawrence, PA with her husband Kevin, children Meilea and Rowan and her wayward rescue hound, Ember.