Forest to Finish – Artists Jason Floyd Lewis and Mark De Walt

As we prepare for the wonders of summer to unfold in the Allegheny River valley, come join us for the Red Brick Gallery Exhibit Baskets & Light by our “couple” of cooperative artists, Glenn and Linda Thompson.  The upstairs gallery will display the textures of Linda’s fabric-coiled baskets and Glenn’s insight into nature photography.

The exhibit opening reception is on Sunday June 9, 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the upstairs Gallery and will include an informative talk by the artists and acoustic guitar music by Max Schang.  Max, and his repertoire of styles – from gypsy jazz to The Beatles, is a well known guitarist in western PA, and will be playing background music during the reception.

The exhibit is open weekends from Friday, May 31 thru Sunday July 7 and can be seen on the second floor of the Red Brick Gallery.

 

 

The Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

About The Artists

Mark DeWalt

Mark DeWalt is a fourth-generation woodworker.  Always living in a rural setting, he has found great inspiration in the natural and historic forms surrounding him.

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.

In addition to custom pieces, restoration work is also done; continuing the pattern established by his father, grandfather and brother.  Mark grew up handling and manipulating wood.  He learned to see its beauty revealed through works of fine craftsmanship and learned to love its textures, colors, character and potential.  Woodworking has provided both economic stability and artistic opportunity for four generations of his family.

The Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Jason Floyd Lewis 

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.

Artist Statement

My artwork represents the landscape as I have observed it.  The paintings and drawings represent real places, many of them near my home in western PA.  Most of the places I choose to represent are in some way memorable, such as rivers, roads, trails or other significant landmarks.  I am interested in the way human activities coexist and intermingle with the natural landscape in rural areas.  In my recent work, I have focused on forest interior spaces, exploring the more rugged terrain of wooded areas.  I am also interested in depicting the various effects of light, air and humidity that can transform the mood of the landscape.

 

My goal is to represent the landscape in a naturalistic way. I use photographic reference in the studio to produce my finished works, however, I do not consider myself to be a photorealist.  The photos are a tool used both for designing and for recording facts about my subject.  As I work, I refer to the photographs, but also rely on my memories of observing the landscape and on my recollections of paintings done by other artists whom I admire. I work in thin layers of paint, building up detail and color contrasts gradually until I am satisfied with the visual impact of the representation.

 

In my work, I try to balance my strict attention to realistic detail with a freedom to manipulate the overall structure and effect of my images.  I try to use gradations, lines and rhythms to create a sense of space and time in a dynamic way.

My goal is to orchestrate works of art that not only emulate the beauty of the landscape but also operate as an expression of my personal response to it.

The Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

When a very young Max Schang traded the accordion for guitar, he found his lifelong companion.

His study of classical guitar brought him to Cleveland and Spain before forming his own band. After a brief stint playing in Atlantic City, he came back to the area to form a new band who played everything from Jazz, Blues and Rock.

As a booking agent and promotor for the Seafood Express, he brought the best blues acts to Sharon, Pa, and got to share the stage with Lefty Dizz, Jimmy Thackery, Carey Bell, Louisiana Red – to name just a few. He got to know Eddie Shaw & his Wolf Gang (Howlin Wolf’s former bandleader) and was invited to play the Chicago Blues Fest with him and to tour Europe – twice. His first Blues CD was released in 1998 and got very good reviews, among them the Blues Review Magazine.

In 2002 Max went to Paris to connect with his other love – the music of Django Reinhardt and the local Gypsy Jazz scene. This inspiration led to his ‘Time Away’ CD, a Gypsy Jazz album with several original songs.

Despite a full gig calendar, he has continued to teach guitar and while he has students of all abilities, many came to him to get the last polish before applying to a music college. His latest CD ‘Backup Again’ did very well with airplay and hit Roots Music Report at #1 several times.

Max Schang’s seemingly endless bag of songs to draw from makes every evening completely different and fun – you’ll never know what style he’ll pull out next -Blues, Jazz Standards and Gypsy Jazz or your favorite Beatles tune. But it all will leave you smiling and your toes tapping.

The Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.