News and Events


UPCOMING

September 18th
Open Studios
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
637 Philadelphia Street, entrance on Carpenter Ave
732 Philadelphia St, entrance behind the building

September 20th
Stephanie Martin - A Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Clark Gallery
637 Philadelphia Street, entrance on Carpenter Ave

AUGUST

September 18th
Open Studios
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
637 Philadelphia Street, entrance on Carpenter Ave
732 Philadelphia St, entrance behind the building

September 20th
Stephanie Martin - A Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Clark Gallery
637 Philadelphia Street, entrance on Carpenter Ave

August 22nd
Artist Talk at the Artists Hand Gallery, 5:00 pm
Natalie Biriniyi and Ariana Sarwari in Conversation
Artists Hand Gallery

August 24th
Exhibition Opening
Into the Glitch
Solo exhibition of work by Natalie Biriniyi
Opening Reception at 6:00 pm
637 Philadelphia Street, entrance on Carpenter Avenue

August 16th
Artist Talk at the Artists Hand Gallery, 6:00 pm
Daisy Wiley and Rachel Gordon in Conversation

August 17th
Exhibition Opening at 6:00 pm
New Works by Daisy Wiley and Rachel Gordon
The Clark Gallery, entrance on Carpenter Avenue

August 21st
Open Studios, 6:00 pm
637 Philadelphia Street, entrance on Carpenter Avenue


 

RACHEL GORDON INTERVIEWED AT WCCS AM 11160 101.1 FM

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August Artist in Residence, Rachel Gordon, visited Renda Broadcasting in Indiana, PA to be interviewed by Todd Marino as part of Indiana in the Morning. Gordon discussed her time in Indiana, her process, and the paper art work that she has been creating in Indiana, PA.

Listen to it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka7dvd05zoI


SEMI FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR CREATIVE COMMUNITIES GRANT

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Hannah Harley, Director of the Spruce Art Residency, and Brian Jones, owner and operator of Artists Hand Gallery, were on the Indiana in the Morning segment to discuss an exciting new county wide initiative that will encourage arts based tourism and development.

Listen here to get the scoop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAQbTox5dXE


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NATALIE BIRINIYI INTERVIEWED BY WCCS AM 1160 and 101.1 FM

Artist in residence, Natalie Biriniyi, was interviewed on WCCS AM 1160, 101.1 FM about her artistic process and experience in Indiana, PA. Biriniyi is a New York based artist who is currently using airbrushing to expand upon her research into Google Earth imagery.

Listen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6NGnHl9Kes


NEW WORKS EXHIBITION OPENS SATURDAY

Works by Daisy Wiley and Rachel Gordon will be exhibited at the Clark Gallery from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, August 17th. Entrance is on Carpenter Avenue and light refreshments will be provided.

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DAISY WILEY AND RACHEL GORDON - IN CONVERSATION

On Friday, August 16th, 2019, artists in residence, Daisy Wiley and Rachel Gordon will be presenting their work and artistic practice at an artist talk at the Artists Hand Gallery in Indiana, PA. This event will begin at 6:00 pm and be followed by a brief discussion.

Daisy Wiley, a print artist from Virginia, is using her time at The Spruce Art Residency as a time of intensive exploration of form, repetition, and semiotic impressions through hand-cut and hand-rubbed relief prints. I have recently become fascinated with prints made without the use of a press, and the intense notions of labor rooted in this process. In a conceptual sense, her work is concerned with the verging of objects, the seams of actualities. She is interested in historical processes and art’s role in them as a visual ideology-- the stories we tell, the myths we build, and the psychological and political processes that drive them.

Rachel Gordon, a printmaker from New York, makes prints to share intimate moments, fears, jokes and heartache. Her visual vocabulary includes a soft color palette, patterns and textures pulled from textiles and straightforward text that reads like a page from a diary. Her ongoing work points toward reclaiming femininity and vulnerability as powerful tools, contrasting how she's been conditioned to understand them as flaws.

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THE FORM EXHIBITION OPENS SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

Examining fabricated, natural, manipulated, and human forms through the work of Rebecca Sutton, Rima Day, Maryanne Braine, and Lesley Wamsley. Rebecca Sutton’s work depicts women in an environment of their own creation where they are free to act on their animalistic impulses without consequence. Maryanne Braine uses gel medium and alternative processes in photography to manipulate the visual bodies of women. Lesley Wamsley examines the nature in urban settings through selected forms and found objects. Rima Day repurposes denim in her fiber art works, recreating and altering historic dresses with this modern material.

Together, they reconfigure and piece together a poetic understanding of the form.


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REBECCA SUTTON INTERVIEWED BY WCCS AM 1160 AND 101.1 FM

Artist in residence, Rebecca Sutton, was interviewed as part of the Indiana in the Morning radio special with Todd Marino. Sutton is a New York based artist using watercolor on fabric with elements of soft sculpture sewn into the final piece. While in Indiana, Sutton has been working on four paintings, each of which incorporates an allegory of the elements.

Listen to her interview with Todd Marino here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47uAuMAIApQ&t=203s


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IN CONVERSATION : MARYANNE BRAINE AND RIMA DAY

Artists in residence, Maryanne Braine and Rima Day, will present their work at the Artists Hand Gallery on Thursday, August 8th at 5:00 pm. Their artist talks will be followed by a brief discussion. Stop by, enjoy some incredible espresso, and talk about art!

Maryanne Braine is an artist and photographer from Columbus, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 2014 and her MFA in Photography at Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York City in 2018. She resides in Queens, NY.

Rima Day has studied fashion design in both her home town of Tokyo, Japan and later in New York City. As she was pursuing her career in fashion design, she quickly realized that her joy and passion was to be found in the technical works. She went on to work as a freelance custom dance costumer in New York City and Connecticut.


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MARYANNE BRAINE INTERVIEWED BY WCCS AM 1160 AND 101.1 FM

Maryanne Braine, an artist from New York, discussed her artistic practice and her time in Indiana, PA thanks to Todd Marino and Indiana in the Morning. Braine primarily works with alternative photographic processes and explores the materiality of the photograph.

Listen to her interview here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4CYmx6JjQc


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LESLEY WAMSLEY INTERVIEWED BY WCCS AM 1160 AND 101.1 FM

On Monday, August 5th, artist in residence, Lesley Wamsley, was interviewed by Todd Marino. Wamsley is a plein air painter from Brooklyn, NY, living and working in Indiana for two weeks this August. While in Indiana County, she has been exploring the parks and trails nearby, setting up her mobile studio on trailheads, basketball courts, and just off of parking lots.

Listen to her interview with Todd Marino here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnTSnd4OJQU&t=4s



AUGUST PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED

Spruce Arts announced its programming this week for the month of August. Weekly artist talks begin on Friday, August 2nd with a talk by Lesley Wamsley. Some talks occur Thursdays at 5 pm while others are Fridays at 6 pm. All talks will occur at the Artists Hand Gallery.

Open Studios will be hosted twice this month - once on August 7th and then again on August 22nd. Be sure to swing by 637 Philadelphia Street (entrance on Carpenter Ave) at 6 pm on these dates to visit the artists in their studios.

Three exhibitions will open in August. The last three Saturdays will host opening receptions starting at 6 pm. Two group exhibitions will kick off the month, showcasing a total of six artists. The last exhibition is a solo exhibition of work by Natalie Biriniyi.


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ARTIST TALK BY LESLEY WAMSLEY

Artist in residence, Lesley Wamsley, presented an artist talk on August 2nd at the Artists Hand Gallery. Wamsley walked attendees through her art making process, and she discussed how that has taken root in Indiana. Primarily a plein air painter, Wamsley is drawn outside and interacts with natural and urban spaces in a unique and exciting way.

Wamsley’s artist talk was hosted at the Artists Hand Gallery, located in Indiana, PA. This gallery houses work by local and regional artists and includes a space for artists and creatives to gather.

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HANNAH HARLEY INTRODUCES SPRUCE ART RESIDENCY ON WCCS AM 1160 AND FM 101.1

Sharing the excitement of incoming artists, Director Hannah Harley explains the program and the benefits the arts brings to Indiana County. Listen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6NGnHl9Kes