Places in Time
“To capture the essence of a particular place was my intent for this exhibition. It differentiates itself from seeing what it actually is to capturing the feeling or spirit of a place.
Although nature can be a bit over whelming and difficult to navigate unto the canvas, it’s that challenge that keeps me captivated.”
This body of work is an expression of rich visual experiences.”
Patricia Wertz is a contemporary painter based out of York, PA. Having graduated from Moore College of Art, Philadelphia PA., Pat worked as a graphic designer in advertising and magazine publication in Boston, Philadelphia and Southern California. In 1979 she moved to Lancaster designing for Armstrong World Industries. During her tenure with Armstrong she traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, and the Paciﬁc Rim. Her work can best be described as painterly realism, utilizing direct observation with invention. Her work in oils range from landscape, ﬂoral, to ﬁgurative and the narrative. She is represented in public and private collections.
“Art making is my attempt to make order of chaos, so in this sense my work is observational in nature. What I perceive must be simplified, readjusted, and then the personal image surfaces, disinterested to a large degree. I think any subject looked at with a careful mind’s eye, becomes significant. The Art object itself is not as important to me as the resulting conversations that occur with my audience.” Relief prints and acrylic painting are a recipe for the eclectic. Mostly, ideas for the work are from personal experience separated chronologically. In one way or another, the work comes from thoughts and musings generated by “life on the deck”.
Robert Patierno is an internationally renowned printmaker, draftsman and painter whose strongly graphic and powerful works have been exhibited throughout the United States and across Europe. Patierno’s prints, paintings and drawings reside in the permanent collections of the Frans Masereel Centrum Pour Grafiks, Kasterlee, in Belgium; the Erie Art Museum; the Lancaster Museum; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania; the U.S. Department of State, Art Bank; and those of many universities. His exhibits and shows are numerous enough to make recounting impractical. . Corporations, museums, and individual collectors alike continue to acquire his work.
As a founder of the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Patierno spent more than two decades developing its Fine Arts Department, as well as chairing it before leaving in 2003 to devote himself to making art. His production capacity is evidenced by his many and frequent exhibitions — including outdoor murals in his home state of Pennsylvania. He continues to guide young artists in his role as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department at Gettysburg College.