Picturesque landscapes are presented in an area exhibit.
âLandscapes from the Permanent Collectionâ is on display until February 13 in the Titelman Galleries and the Paula and Dean Lemley Gallery of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Bedford, located in the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St.
The exhibition captures the evolution of landscapes, from realistic styles to abstract pictorial styles. It features works by 19th and 20th century artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, John Sloan, George Hetzel, Frederick Alan Counsel and Ron Donoughe.
âThe history of the landscapes is very interesting and they have been around since ancient times,â said Kris Peterson, Visitor Services Associate for SAMA-Bedford.
âWith the landscapes you can often be taken to places that you may never have seen before and you get a sense of other people’s perspective. As a visitor, when you enter to view the landscapes, you will see them from different perspectives.
She said an example of a landscape view from a new perspective is provided by “Blue Hills, Pa.” By Counsel.
“The colors are pretty vivid, and if you’ve ever walked through the hills, even if they’re not a dazzling blue, it’s a different perspective of these historic mountains that we are privileged to have here in Pennsylvania.” , said Peterson.
âThe artist chose to paint them in an illustrated way that you might see in a children’s book, which makes them very enjoyable. If you are from Pennsylvania and have seen these mountains you might have seen them that way, so it brings up memories for some people.
She said another piece in the exhibit, “Black Water,” by Donoughe, takes her back to a time when she lived in Alaska.
âWhen I look at this painting, it makes me miss Alaska a bit, so it brings back a memory, and it’s nice to hopefully see those happy times in your life again,â Peterson said.
The exhibition features 35 pieces in mediums ranging from watercolor to oil to acrylic to ink pastels to photography.
âThere really is a huge variety, and that’s what makes it interesting,â said Peterson.
When choosing pieces for the show, said Peterson, the staff look for continuity, color and emotion.
âWhen we put them together, we look at the style,â she said.
âWhen selecting rooms, you look for what might have an impact and what will affect the people who enter. “
Peterson said the pieces are in all three rooms of the Titelman Galleries.
âThe first gallery is filled with very colorful spring images with an impressionistic style,â she said.
âIn the second gallery, it’s more of a mountain landscape, and the colors are more beiges and browns and earth tones.
âThe final gallery is colorful with wonderful photographs, as well as traditional paintings of garden-style landscapes with fields and meadows.â
Alongside the exhibition, works by Pennsylvania artist Edward J. Glanon are on display in the Paula and Dean Lemley Gallery.
“In his paintings we mainly have a lot of clouds and valleys, and I imagine growing up outside of an industrial city in the early 1900s this type of landscape was not overbuilt as it is. probably now, âPeterson said.
âHe really had this love of nature, and that’s what you get from his paintings. You can really feel what he wanted you to see.
She said she hopes the exhibit will pique the curiosity of viewers to step out and imagine their own landscapes.
âGo to the Blue Hills of Pennsylvania, or go to Colorado, and find your own scenery and appreciate what’s there and appreciate nature,â Peterson said.
The museum’s opening hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
Entrance to the exhibition is free.
For more information call 814-589-3020 or visit www.sama-art.org.