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Harvest Artisan Cooperative and Gallery presents George Kulp

A rich harvest of art

October 16, 2011
By DAVID WHITMAN - Sun-Gazette Correspondent , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The leaves may be falling outside but inside the Harvest Artisan Cooperative and Gallery, 46 1/2 W. Fourth St., art is in full bloom. As autumn commences, the Harvest Gallery is featuring a cornucopia of offerings in October, including a rich collection of paintings, photography, sculptures, crafts and hanging mobile art - made by an array of local artistic talents - that will be on display through Oct. 31.

Each month, the Harvest Gallery has a featured artist and for October, it's photographer George Kulp in his first exhibition, showcasing selections of travelogue photography.

"We're always looking for new artists in order to give them the opportunity to show off their works - give them a venue to promote and sell their works," Suzy Herlehy of the Harvest Gallery said. "He (Kulp) captures a great atmosphere with his photography, gives you a real sense of 'being there' when you look at his images. Being a lover of winter of course I really liked the photos with mountains and snow, especially 'Sun and Snow.' "

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Photography by George Kulp is on display at Harvest Artisan Cooperative and Gallery, 46 1/2 W. Fourth St., through the end of the month. Kulp’s photos feature images from his family trips, including pictures taken at the summer home of poet Robert Frost.

Kulp's photos in the show are comprised of shots of his family trips, including pictures taken at the summer home of poet Robert Frost, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, as well as Hradcany Castle in Prague and the piece "Holiday Offerings."

"We went to Prague, took a riverboat cruise down the Danube," he said. "Stopped at these little villages that had Christmas markets in the plaza before heading to Vienna for a couple of days. Many of the winter shots were taken in West Yellowstone. We took a slowcoach in - [the] only two ways into Yellowstone in winter are snowmobile or slowcoach. We had a tour guide who stopped anytime we wanted. So I could go out and take a shot."

One of the more intriguing artists featured this month is Trina Truax of South Williamsport. During the October show's busy opening night - the Harvest Gallery is a happening place on First Friday - she featured digital images on her laptop and a portfolio book, showcasing her murals, paintings and other pieces. Truax, the proprietor of Truaxpressions, is an art therapist as well as artist.

"I have a master's in art," she said. "I create original Expressionistic fine art paintings. My focus, I'd say, is impressionistic oils and murals but I enjoy doing fireplace designs, two-dimensional portraits, painting and drawing too. Since most of my originals are either at my house or sold I had to use alternate means to display my art. The murals I've done solo or with my husband, Tom Davenport, are all over the country, everywhere from as far away as Las Vegas to Atlantic City to Carbondale."

Center city Williamsport may soon be added to that impressive list.

"She's coming back here later this month to display some of her works and do a mural on one of our walls, which is exciting because in addition to loving her work, I really like the idea of art being created during a show's run," Herlehy said. "Trina's mural will add a while other dimension to our space."

The Harvest Gallery is a collaboration of local artists and craftsmen including The Williamsport Frame Shop (owned by Herlehy), Wilcox Graphic Innovation and KaeJae Studios. The four principals of the space, Herlehy, Jennie Waldman, Lonnie Wilcox and Ira Adelson, operate the gallery and serve as its jury.

"Usually artists bring work and-or their portfolios in," Herlehy said. "The four of us jury the work and decide whether or not we want to have work for the artist. Thankfully, there's usually not a lot of dissension. We find a consensus pretty easy. That being said, each month we try to mix it up a lot between photography, pastels, oil paintings, graphite works or sculpture."

Also featured in the gallery are the hanging mobile art pieces comprised of metals, plastic and beads by Scott Palmer. Palmer's newest one, a wood-sculpted piece, is at the front of the store. Palmer also helps out with store hours and fixes things around the shop.

"We are trying to give local artists a downtown location to display their artwork and they have an option of renting wall space or giving a commission of a certain amount of sales," Herlehy said. "We also had another idea, if they can't or don't want to pay commission or rent space, certain people will help with their time during store hours."

Harvest helps the community in other ways as well. Some permanent art on display includes pocketbooks, totes and wallets that are made by Liberty House shelter residents and all the proceeds go to homeless women and children. They also have a collection of environmentally friendly rugs made of plastic grocery store bags, used indoors and outdoors.

Waldman, the newest proprietor at Harvest, owns KaeJae Studios, which opened in the space earlier this year. She makes the 14-carat and sterling-silver jewelry and spoke highly of two artists, Steven Godfrey and Thomas Gallup, featured in this month's show.

"[In] Steven's work, the thing that stands out to me is the urban decay aspect," Waldman said. "I like the abandoned diners and drive-ins, emptiness and loss of retro, era reminiscent of '50s, so he captures a lost time. Also things in the '50s weren't built to last; his images highlight the prominence of disposability in the post-war era."

"With Tom's work, it's his aesthetic in general that makes the pieces stand out," she said. "On acid-free foamcore, he combines pointillism, a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image in a mixed-media of collage work, newsprint, with color done in ballpoint pen. I like how he cleverly puts the title of the work in the text that runs through the piece; 'She' is a great example of this."

For more information about the gallery, look it up on Facebook.



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