SAMA-Loretto preps recent acquisitions
LORETTO - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto will open its latest exhibition, "Arriving in Style: Recent Acquisitions of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art" on April 25. The exhibition, on view through June 14, features 76 paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by artists of regional and national stature.
Enriched through the generous gifts of artists and collectors, SAMA's permanent collection has grown steadily since the Museum's founding in 1976. From a core collection of 67 objects, SAMA's holdings now number nearly 4,500 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, as well as art objects in glass and other media. Highlights of the exhibit include a selection of Old Master prints and drawings, early paintings by Colleen Browning, Tibetan thangkas and contemporary art glass. In addition, there are new works by prominent regional artists including Daniel Burke, Cliff McGuire, Donald M. Robinson and Aileen Zollweg.
This painting by artist Mia Brownell, “Still Life with First Fruit,” is part of the Juniata College Museum of Art exhibit “Mia Brownell: Delightful, Delicious, Disgusting.”
SAMA-Loretto is located on the campus of St. Francis University. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is free and open to the public.
Brownell exhibit on display at Juniata
HUNTINGDON - Melding the painterly, well-lit realism of 17th century Dutch still-life masters with today's obsession with nutrition and food, artist Mia Brownell will have a solo exhibition at the Juniata College Museum of Art. "Mia Brownell: Delightful, Delicious, Disgusting" is open now through Sept. 13.
Using almost photo-realistic techniques, Brownell paints grapes, apples, pears and other foodstuffs, but places the luscious-looking fruit in science-inspired structures resembling the DNA double-helix, or strands of chromosomes or amino acid chains. In addition to many solo and group art exhibitions, Brownell's work has been published in a variety of food-related publications, including Gastronomica, The Journal of Food and Culture and Hi-Fructose.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays through May 6. The museum will be closed from May 6 to May 20. On May 21, the museum's summer hours will begin - noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.