Featured Artists

May: Jenny Germann and Matt Chambers

Jenny Germann, Highlight April    Jenny Germann

Give a brief description of your upcoming show. And what might have inspired it.

IMPRINTS highlights locations that hold significance in my life. I use landscapes to convey my experiences, often drawing influence from travel and daily observation. The title dually refers to places that have made an impact on my personal experience as well as the physical texture of each piece.

How have you expanded existing themes/ideas for which you are best known/or if this body of work is a great deviation from your norm, what inspired this new approach?

This body of work is not significantly different that what I typically create. It is probably the most personal work, however. The show represents reflections from a trip to Maine, perspectives from the street that I work on, as well as glimpses from travels back and forth from my parent’s house in Central PA.

Stylistically and/or technically, what do you hope collectors notice in your new work?

I use a blend of pyrography (woodburning) and painting to express my vision. Pyrography lends a controlled and physically satisfying aspect to the work, whereas the painting is experimental and evocative. I mix the mediums as a way to communicate perspective, using making as a form of introspection, and personal expression. I hope that collectors notice the interplay between the mediums and the personality of each piece.

Add any additional info that might interest the viewer.

My husband, Evan Germann, a furniture designer and cabinetmaker creates all of my frames.

 

Matt Chambers mug shot   Matt Chambers

Give a brief description of your upcoming show. And what might have inspired it.

It’s a three way mix of flowers, figures, and farms. I have always found the farms, and farmland very inspirational, maybe because I worked on them as a teenager, but really became hooked while driving feed trucks onto  a dozen or so farms every day during my early twenties. The flowers, go back to my grandmother, who gave me my first art lessons. The figures, and portraits to a lesser degree have been a new push in the last few years.

How have you expanded existing themes/ideas for which you are best known/or if this body of work is a great deviation from your norm, what inspired this new approach?

The farms are a continuation for me. I have been doing those for quite some time. The flowers, I haven’t done many in the last few years, so , I am finding that really rejuvenating , satisfying . And as for the figures, I have really ramped up my time spent in the local figure drawing classes over the last year. I appreciate the challenge , and it has been nice to see improvement. I still consider drawing at the core of art, in that regard,it’s always good to improve on the basics.

Stylistically and/or technically, what do you hope collectors notice in your new work?

I would hope that collectors notice an improvement in my figure drawing.  There is also a more delicate hand being used , especially in the florals.

Add any additional info that might interest the viewer.

Most of these pieces are on the small side, I enjoy the smaller, more intimate qualities of watercolor . The subtle nuances that just can’t be done on a grander scale.