Pennswood Art Gallery to Host Opening Reception for Linda Celestian on Sunday, March 24
On Sunday, March 24, an exhibit of Linda Celestian’s paintings and sculptures will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Penn Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.
Celestian brings a unique vision to the use of her mediums – acrylic paint, silk, wool and wire. By combining large swaths of diaphanous silk and/or wool fabric and wire she creates floating, evocative sculptures that embody the piece’s title in an abstractive interpretation with the intent of bringing the power and beauty of nature inside. Likewise her acrylic paintings created with pours, drips, and smears capture an informed spontaneity opening the viewer to new insights into the work’s subject matter. As she says, “Nature is my muse. I work with paint in its fluid form ….(letting) my paint run and puddle. I manipulate my materials to imitate natural occurrences such as the sky, ice, decay, water, and patterns created by wind and rain.”
Growing up in upstate New York and spending summers on her family’s boat on the Great Lakes helped develop Celestian’s keen kinship with nature and use of natural markings in her work. Celestian, who has exhibited widely, received a BFA from Moore College of Art, completed a year of graduate studies in fine art and has received numerous grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts.
The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years – including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Bruce Garrity, William B. Hogan and Peter B. Treiber – is a non-profit, contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Route 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.