Art Committee & Shows

Current Show

April 1st  –  Laura Mark-Finberg Reception.

Pennsylvania wildlife artist Laura Mark-Finberg’s paintings have been described as “windows unto the soul” of the animals she paints. During a career that has spanned more than twenty years Laura has explored a vast array of subjects in her quest to help the viewer understand a little more about the animals she paints. Laura is meticulous in her research and attention to detail and demonstrates a flawless search for truth in each painting…0charisma-down
Working primarily in acrylic, Laura’s technique is to build up layers of paint to create the detail, depth and reality of her paintings. According to Laura,”Unlike oil paints, acrylics are difficult to blend as they dry so fast; consequently, I use a lot of transparent washes or glazes and build up layers of paint.” Eyes are her favorite part. “Sometimes I’ll do the eyes first. If I’ve created life in the eyes the rest of the painting seems to paint itself. At other times I’ll wait to the end, almost as if there’s a reward for completing a piece.” “My favorite subject are the predators. Unlike some animals there is such awareness in the eyes.”
Laura has traveled extensively. Her research has taken her to such divergent places as the Himalayas in both Afghanistan and Kashmir and to the undersea world off the coast of Venezuela. Laura believes, “it’s the research that keeps my paintings fresh and alive. As an artist who paints wildlife I personally need to be able to reach out and touch my subject matter. I believe it gives a reality to my work that is not obtained by being sequestered in a studio.”
In a painting of a peregrine falcon it wasn’t enough to accurately depict the bird. My husband Barry and I climbed a sheer cliff face to photograph the rocks at the top of the mountain. “We sometimes place ourselves in precarious situations in an effort to capture reality in a painting.” A few years ago we took up scuba diving because of my desire to paint a part of nature that so few have the opportunity to view first hand.
Laura has won a number of “Best Of Show Awards” at Art Shows across the country,,including the 1999 Best of Show Award at the NatureWorks Show. She was the “Featured Artist” at the New England Wildlife Art Show in 1992, the National Wildlife Art Show in Kansas City in 1998 and was the Featured Artist at the Nature Works Show in Tulsa in Febuary of 2008. Her work has appeared on the cover of a number of national and regional magazines including “ INternational Wildlife Art News Magazine”.
In her home state, she has won the Pennsylvania State Conservation Print Competition on three occasions. Laura has worked with conservation groups throughout her career. In 1990 she produced Waterfowl USA’s NY 1st of State Conservation Print, and was the Member Artist of the Year for the National organization in 1991. She was one of sixteen artist from across North America selected through “The International Treaty Support Fund” a devision of the United nations to work on a limited edition leather bound book on endangered species.
Laura painted the “Companion Print of the Year” in 1995 for National Whitetails Unlimited. In 2002 working closely with The Pennsylvania Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations’ Laura produced the 1st of State Conservation Print for Pennsylvania. In both 2008 and 2009 she was one of a select group of artist from around the globe to exhibit at the juried “Artists For Conservation” exhibit at the prestigious Hiram Blauvelt Museum in Oradell, New Jersey. Recently, Laura was selected as one of three artists whose work will be featured in the 2012 National art package for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Future 2017 Shows:

May 13th  –  Holly Forrest and Catherine Herbert Reception.

The next art exhibit in the C. X. Carlson Gallery of the Quarryville Library will feature a variety of artists, styles, and media. It will open at a reception on May 13, 2017 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM. and will be open during library hours until June 15. Refreshments will be served at the reception, and all are encouraged to attend.
Holly Forrest will display pastels, watercolors and pencil drawings in the part of the show titled “Peaceful Musings”. Catherine Herbert will show landscapes in another part of the show titled “Beauty in Nature”. Also included will be a selection of work by Solanco High School art students and planned by Candice Rakers, art department chairperson.

Contact Information:

Holly Forrest
1118 River Rd.
Holtwood, PA 17532
717 284-3195

“My name is Holly Forrest and I loved drawing and painting as a child. Growing up in Philadelphia I took Saturday classes at Fleisher School of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. I graduated with a BFA with teacher’s certification and have a certification in graphic design from Moore College of Art and Design. After college I worked in Chester City School District as an elementary school art teacher and currently teach art at Solid Foundations Home School Group. I enjoy giving private or group lessons by request. Living in Lancaster County provides me with a wide variety of beautiful landscapes and I also enjoy making portraits of my children.”

Catherine Herbert
724 Mt. Olivet Church Rd.
Fawn Grove, PA 17321

Solanco Art Department
The Solanco Art Department will have a wall in the library which will be maintained on a regular basis and available for viewing during library hours.

July 1st  –  Solanco School District Reception

August 5th  –  SECA Summer Camp Reception

September 20th  –  William Ressler Reception

November 18th – Brent Rockus and Jeff Fisher Reception