Red Brick Gallery Exhibit
JASON FLOYD LEWIS, painter and MARK DeWALT, wood artisan
Weekends April 19 to May 26
Responding to the natural landscape of western Pennsylvania, Jason Lewis’ paintings & drawings of places near his home are complemented by fourth- generation woodworker Mark DeWalt’s crafting of found wood from local forests.
While Mark enjoys “blending materials from diverse origins to create something new”, Jason is interested in “the various effects of light, air and humidity that can transform the mood of the landscape.”
The Opening Wine & Cheese Reception will be on Sunday, May 5, from 4 to 6 PM, following the Lincoln Hall concert of Dave Wickerham, Wurlitzer Wonders and Improvisations.
Weekend RBG hours are: Fridays, 1-6 PM; Saturdays, 11 AM to 7 PM; and Sundays, 12 noon to 5 PM at RBG, 17 Main Street, Foxburg, PA 16036.
More to come soon …
Mark Dewalt – wood artisan
Mark DeWalt is a fourth-generation woodworker located in rural western PA about one hour north of Pittsburgh. Fine craftsmanship and a creative process informed by the materials being used result in furniture that feels both fresh and traditional. He grew up handling and manipulating wood; learned to see the beauty revealed through works of fine craftsmanship, and learned to love the textures, colors, character and potential. Local forests, salvaged artifacts and reclaimed lumber provide the raw materials for the work. In addition to custom pieces, restoration work is also done; continuing the pattern established by his father, grandfather and brother.
The materials he uses inform Mark’s fine craftsmanship and creative process; the result is furniture that feels both fresh and traditional. He enjoys blending materials from diverse origins to create something new, while incorporating time-tested techniques. Local forests, salvaged artifacts and reclaimed lumber provide the raw materials for his work.
Always living in a rural setting, Mark has found great inspiration in the natural and historic forms that surround him. He enjoys blending materials from diverse origins to create something new while incorporating time-tested techniques. Recent works have been fashioned using figured lumber, barn siding, fence posts, flywheels and harness parts.
Jason Floyd Lewis – landscape painter
Jason Floyd Lewis grew up in Clarion, PA. He received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design where he studied drawing and painting. He went on to earn a MFA in Drawing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Currently, Jason lives in Clarion, Pennsylvania and shares a studio space with his wife, Amanda.
I think most people, regardless of their beliefs, have a sort of spiritual experience when contemplating the landscape. Making drawings and paintings of these encounters is a way for me to meditate on the forces at play. It is a pleasure to explore the landscape, from the grandeur of sunlight striking a hillside to the patches of dirt under my feet. I feel a sense of awe when studying this beautiful creation of which I am a part.
In this work, I feel I have spent more time and attention exploring the subtle nuances within each space. The physicality of my painting surface has become slightly more pronounced or more textural. I have been a little freer with my mark making, trying to create more complexity, and to suggest more of what I feel from the places I depict. My desire is to make artworks that are more than just images; works that engage the viewer on some kind of emotional or spiritual level.
ARRIVE EARLY & EXPLORE FOXBURG!
Stop by the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop
There is no admission for the exhibit opening. For those wishing to attend the concerts, you may call for reservations to (724) 659-3153 to pay cash or check at the door, or pay by credit card and buy online here.
And while at the RBG, be sure to save time to shop for that special gift from the first floor offerings of talented Cooperative Artists from the region.
While in Foxburg, enjoy a walk along the Allegheny River trail or rent bicycles or enjoy a pontoon ride with Foxburg Tours in the morning or early afternoon! Have lunch at the Allegheny Grille with seating overlooking the Allegheny River, or for more casual fare, at Foxburg Pizza with salads, sandwiches and pizza.
Make a weekend of it and spend the night in Foxburg in the lovely Foxburg Inn
Or if the Foxburg Inn is sold out, stay up the river at the Emlenton bed and breakfast, The Barnard House.
The 2024 season Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop hours are Fridays 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturdays 11:00 PM –7:00 PM, and Sundays 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM.