Two Local Artists Featured in Upcoming Madelon Powers Gallery

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on September 25, 2018, No Comments

Two regional artists who create their mixed media pieces by blending artistic perspectives will be featured in Kristen Woodward – Paintings: Tom Laudenslager – Ceramics October 1-26 at East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery.

Hours for the gallery, located in the university’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The exhibit will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8.

A reception for the artists will be held Thursday, October 25 from 4-6 p.m. in the gallery. Woodward will give a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public at no cost.

Woodward’s mixed media works combine painting and printmaking, and often utilize found collage materials. “Woven through my artwork over the past ten years or more has been a dichotomy in regard to the destructive and creative forces of animal welfare and environmental stewardship,” she noted.

Woodward is currently a professor of art and department chair at Albright College in Reading, Pa., teaching painting, and printmaking, and courses on Latin American graphic art, and gender and the arts. She earned a B.F.A. in printmaking from Syracuse University, and a M.F.A. in studio art from Clemson University.

“I am happiest – and I believe my work is at its best – when the barriers between approaches, processes, material and even function, become a bit blurred,” Laudenslager stated. “Clay has been my primary medium of expression for over twenty five years, although my work is greatly informed by my past artistic lives as a drawer, painter, photographer and sculptor.”

Now retired from teaching, Laudenslager earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kutztown University. He also took extensive coursework at other institutions including the Tyler School of Art, University of the Arts, Art New England and Moravian College.

Laudenslager will be presenting a clay workshop focusing on hand building techniques and coloring the clay surface on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in ESU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The workshop is open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required. There is a $15 fee for the workshop. To reserve a space, email easuarts@esu.edu.

For more information on the exhibit or reception, contact the Fine and Performing Arts Center at esuarts.esu.edu or call 570-422-3483.