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Friedman Art Gallery exhibits to feature bronze sculptures and giclee prints
09-7-12

Michael Tymon's bronze sculpture, 'Daphne.'
The bronze sculptures and contemporary art of George Mummert and Michael Tymon will go on display at the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University beginning Oct. 13. The exhibit, “Elizabeth Fulton: Giclée Landscape Prints,” in the adjacent MacDonald Gallery will feature the works of the Back Mountain artist who is known for her casein paintings of the land, hills and sky as seen from her home in Lehman Township.

The public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5-8 p.m. in the art gallery. Pauly Friedman Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The new exhibits will be on display through Dec. 9.

“For the first time in many years, the exhibit, ‘George Mummert and Michael Tymon - Form and Process: Sculpture in Stone, Bronze and Steel,’ brings original bronze and stone sculptures to Misericordia,” said Brian Benedetti, director of the Pauly Friedman Gallery. “The individual styles of each artist come together to bring forth an exhibition of creativity and individual artistic visionary interpretations of their subject matter and materials.”

Mummert is a nationally recognized sculptor, an educator and the founding director of Keystone Art and Culture Center in Lancaster, Pa. He graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in business. He initially went to work for the Lancaster County Planning Commission. He was invited to return to Millersville University by invitation and became a resident artist and adjunct instructor in sculpture. His talent was recognized on the national level when he began working with the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, where he was commissioned to cast in bronze 10 hominid skulls at the Millersville Foundry. Those skulls remain on permanent display in the “Hall of Human Origin” at Yale.

His interest in art education for the community took shape through a partnership with Lancaster-area neurosurgeon Dr. James Argires, and his wife, Tasia, who in 2003 helped him start the Keystone Art and Culture Center. The non-profit center has a bronze foundry and art gallery, and continues to serve as a hub for art education in the Lancaster area.

Among Mummert’s most famous pieces is the 21-foot-tall bronze Torosaurus displayed in front of the Peabody Museum at Yale. The film, “Dinosaur Science, Dinosaur Art,” documents the project. Mummert’s works also include a monument to honor the “Fallen Firefighters of Lancaster County,” and the life-sized “Tribute in Bronze” of Thaddeus Stevens at the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, honoring the congressman best known for legislating free public education in the early 1800s.

The Misericordia exhibit will include Mummert’s “Pangea,” one of several of his works featured in Ashley Rooney's 2011 book, “100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic,’’ Schiffer Publishing.

Tymon received a Bachelor of Fine Art in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. He says he loves the capacities of painting and sculpture, but will never lose his appreciation for drawing. Inspired by art movements, including the Italian Renaissance, Dutch Baroque and French Realism, he says his aim is to create through line form and color, ideas from nature and a response to the world as the artist sees it.

Tymon notes that most of the pieces he chose for this exhibit have art historical references, depicting modes of humanism, while formally referencing different philosophical stances on form and geometric solids, which Plato believed made up the world’s most fundamental realities.

“The exhibition of Elizabeth Fulton in the MacDonald Gallery presents a unique grouping of giclée prints created from a series of 18 stylized original casein landscape paintings,” said Benedetti. “These paintings and prints present various seasons, times of day, clouds and skies, all in a variety of vibrant and ever-changing colors. With each viewing, the paintings take on a new and different interpretive meaning.”

Fulton painted the series between 1986 and 1997 at Orchard Hill, a home designed by her husband, Russell Roberts, that they shared on Jackson Road in Lehman. The high-resolution giclée prints on display in the exhibit have preserved this portfolio of work.

Fulton attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.. She majored in printmaking and was awarded a teaching and technical fellowship to earn her master’s degree. She taught lithography as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the Tyler Printmaking Department. Fulton also completed a two-year apprenticeship with famed printmaker Daniel Dallmann of Philadelphia. Her work was on display as early as 1980 at the Casein Society of America Gallery, New York, N.Y.

Exploring a two-medium approach to art, Fulton has also tied together more than 150 drawings and poems in the series, “In the Attic.” An exhibition of the series was presented in 1994 at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, and included a performance of choral pieces composed by Joseph Knaus called “Music from Orchard Hill.’’

For more information about the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery and upcoming exhibits, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/art or call (570) 674-6250. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.