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Trout Run artist selected for California exhibit

June 3, 2012
By BETHANY WIEGAND ( , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Artist Lynne Kibbe, of Trout Run, has only been working with scratchboarding since 2010, but her talent has earned her a place for the inaugural show for the International Society of Scratchboard Artists in Glen Ellen, Calif.

For the show, Kibbe will attend the artists' opening day at the ARThouse Gallery. Three out of four of Kibbe's submissions have been juried into another show and two submissions, a scratchboard piece and a watercolor piece, will be exhibited with works from others around the world for the month of July.

"Being a self-taught artist, I am constantly studying, reading and learning. I may never feel I have learned all I need to learn about any of the art mediums I use. But I've only been doing scratchboard art for just over two years. I feel I have a lot to learn, and the International Society of Scratchboard Artists' inaugural show is a perfect opportunity to learn as much as possible from the 'experts' and to study their work up close," Kibbe said. She also will participate in workshops with the Scratchboard Society founders.

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Scratchboard artwork by Lynne Kibbe is seen. Kibbe has been selected for the International Society of Scratchboard Artists exhibit in Glen Ellen, Calif.

Growing up in the Salladasburg and Cogan Station area, Kibbe said she always was interested in art, but had to put it on the back burner in order to work.

"I noticed a strong inclination to draw in high school and many of my study periods away. My parents, nor myself, could afford to send me to college, so after graduating from Jersey Shore Senior High, I immediately went to work and my art desire had to take a backseat," Kibbe said.

Two years after graduating, Kibbe then married and three years after that, she and her husband joined the Air Force. Kibbe joined knowing she would leave skilled in a workforce of her choosing.

"I was trained as an administrative specialist and later as a paralegal," she said.

Kibbe served 10 years in active duty and three years as an Air Force reservist. She followed her husband while he finished out his active duty. Kibbe said it was then, during the early part of her Air Force career, that she began painting again.

For Kibbe, oil was the medium she worked in the most and she had created in pastel, pencil, colored pencil, watercolor and acrylic in the past. Kibbe was drawn to scratchboarding from its dramatic look and the amount of detailing, she said. "Because it is an art form that inherently lends itself to the things I like the most, animals and nature, I took to it immediately," she said.

The process of scratchboarding involves reverse drawing, etching and painting, Kibbe said.

"It consists of a fully archival professional hardboard panel that is coated with a layer of white clay and then covered with a very thin layer of black India ink," Kibbe said.

She starts with a fully black board and draws the image to make sure the proportions are correct.

"I then transfer the drawing to the board using just the most essential lines. I scratch through the black ink layer to reveal the white clay below. The scratching is done using tools such as an Exacto knife, scraping tools, erasers, oil-free steel wool, sandpaper - anything that removes the ink layer, with my tool of choice being a needle," Kibbe said. The finishing touches to the artwork are made by scratching less or more.

"Every line is put in by hand individually. Scratching very lightly in the beginning allows for minute shading and more scratching to an area will add brighter highlights," Kibbe explained.

She adds the element of color to the exposed white area after the scratching is complete, using transparent watercolor, oil, acrylics or inks. "Several layers of color and scratching are required to get the color and depth I want. Scratchboard is very time consuming and adding color doubles that time. Once color is added, the piece can never go back to black and white as that color is absorbed into the clay," she said.

Most of Kibbe's scratchboard pieces are inspired by nature, which is a constant inspiration for her. "I grew up in the country and have always lived in the country with the exception of some of our homes within Air Force towns," she said. "My current home studio is in the country. So country life in America is my one constant inspiration."

For Kibbe, the upcoming exhibit in California will be her first time showing her artwork out of state.

Currently, her pieces have been exhibited at the State Representatives Office in Harrisburg and at the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center.

Kibbe's original works also are in multiple galleries in Pennsylvania, including Valley Gallery in Jersey Shore, the Clinton County Station Gallery in Lock Haven, The Elk County Council's Gallery in Ridgway and the Lily Pad in Eagle's Mere, just to name a few. She also sells prints of her artwork at Valley Gallery and Gustionian Gifts. She started a new business venture as well, Foggy Mountain Studio. "I constantly look for opportunities to increase my exposure and to sell my pieces so I can continue creating," she said.

"I also sell originals and prints in person at art festivals such as Ways Garden and First Fridays and am always looking for other sales venues," she said.

For more information about Kibbe and her art, visit http://foggy mountainstudio.wee or



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