Sunday, February 20, 2011

Richard McWherter, Greensburg Pa Art Center


submitted by the artist:

The Highlands: Tactual Dreamscape Photographs
by Richard S. McWherter
March 12 through April 22, 2011
-Rowe Gallery, Greensburg Art Center

Richard McWherter's unique inspiration as an artist is clearly demonstrated through the images he creates with his camera in the Laurel Highlands and Chestnut Ridge areas near his home in Pennsylvania. His exhibition The Highlands opens on Saturday, March 12th in the Rowe Gallery at the Greensburg Art Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes a new book release and a charity event for the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

The exhibit and companion fine art book feature his new series of dreamscape photographs that blurs the lines between photography, drawing, and painting. ÒThese were always artificial divisions to me, so my motivation is in exploring how to erase any barriers between these mediums, says McWherter. Because of his efforts to break tradition, his landscapes reveal more than just a record of a particular time or place; they speak to much more universal themes.

McWherter is an artist who is continuously interpreting the landscape through new and inventive ways. He has been successful in exploring both traditional chemical and silver-based processes, as well as cutting-edge digital technologies. But his artwork is more than just beautiful pictures. He is an artist of vision, one who goes well beyond the technical mastery of his medium. His photographs have a spirit that goes much deeper than the surface of an image.

About the Artist:
McWherter is currently an art instructor and department chair at Derry Area High School in his hometown in Western Pennsylvania. He earned his BFA in Studio Arts at Seton Hill University and is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. He has also taught photography and digital imaging at the University, as well as other local art centers. His photographs have appeared in many regional exhibitions and publications and have also been reproduced in national magazines for fine art photography. With a career spanning almost four decades, he has received many awards for his photographic art, as well as for his innovations in teaching.

Gallery Details:
Rowe Gallery is located at the Greensburg Art Center and is just off of Route 30 (Greensburg bypass), Route 130 exit. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday evening 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Opening Reception is Saturday, March 12th, 7 pm to 9 pm. The exhibit runs to Friday, April 22. 10% of all Opening Reception proceeds are being donated to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, Inc.

For more information, please visit the centerÕs website at www.greensburgartclub.org, or call 724-837-6791.

ArtistÕs Email: eagereye@email.com
ArtistÕs Website: www.richardmcwherter.com
Exhibition and book preview: www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1974538




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