Friedman and MacDonald Art Galleries to feature NEPA artists in 3 exhibitions

Marylou Chibirka's 'Alan,' a 44X40 oil on canvas.

Well-known portrait artist Marylou Chibirka will show the many sides of her talent with the exhibit, “Marylou Chibirka: Portraits, Landscapes and Florals,” that will be on display June 8 through July 31 at the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. In addition, the exhibits, “Todd Jeffreys: Wheel Thrown Clay Works,” and “Tim Weaver: Recent Watercolors,” will be presented in the adjacent MacDonald Art Gallery.

An opening reception will be held for both exhibitions on Saturday, June 8 from 5-8 p.m. in the Friedman Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to bring together three regional artists who work in a wide variety of mediums,” said Brian J. Benedetti, gallery director. “The ‘Portraits, Landscapes and Florals’ exhibit shows three sides of Marylou Chibirka – a very talented artist from Lackawanna County who is recognized for the variety of color she uses in her compositions. Tim Weaver is an En Plein Air artist who has a fluid and spontaneous way of working in watercolors. And Todd Jeffreys is a master wheel-throwing potter whose stoneware pieces vary in size and composition. Anyone who comes is sure to find something interesting and unique among the three exhibits.”

Chibirka is a full-time professional painter and portrait artist who was born and still resides on her family’s farm in Dalton, Pa. She studied at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has degrees in painting and art history. She continued her studies with various artists at the Art Students League of New York in Manhattan, N.Y., and studied privately with renowned portrait artists Richard Schmid, Everett Raymond Kinstler and Paul Lavelle. Chibirka has been commissioned for more than 400 portraits in which she captures more than a likeness of the person, but something of the individual’s very essence, according to Benedetti.

In 2007, the artist opened the Chibirka Gallery in Dalton. The studio was self designed and constructed by the artist. Since opening the gallery, she has been awarded several grants to paint members of the Northeast Pennsylvania community in her “Portraits from Life” project. Her portraits offer a freshness and immediacy that characterizes her work and brings life to a canvas in an important and meaningful way.

Chibirka’s work is known by regional audiences through many group exhibitions as well as solo exhibitions at the Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pa.; Lizza Gallery, Tunkhannock, Pa.; the Wyoming County Courthouse, Tunkhannock, Pa.; the Federal Building in Scranton, Pa., and at previous exhibits at Misericordia. She had the honor of being awarded a one-person exhibition by the 2008 North East Regional Exhibition. Recently her portraits were on exhibit at Artworks located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Though his style has developed over many years of painting, Weaver credits several well-known artists and instructors for their influence. They include Tony van Hasselt, Judi Wagner, Edwin Havas and Bill Grah.

Weaver’s work is described as very vibrant in a loose style of watercolor with a variety of drawing and color usage illustrations. A very prolific painter, his paintings are included in many public and private collections, and he exhibits often throughout the country.

Since 1992, Weaver has been giving watercolor classes in Luzerne County and throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. He has demonstrated for many art groups and has won numerous awards in art exhibitions across the region. Weaver also has conducted workshops for many art groups, including The Bethlehem Palette Club, Bethlehem, Pa.; Wyoming Valley Art League, Kingston, Pa.; The Art Association of Roxbury, Succasunna, N.J.; Parkland Art League, Allentown, Pa., and through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program.

In 1996, he was elected to signature membership in the Pennsylvania En Plein Air Society, a group of artists dedicated to painting in the open air. Weaver currently resides and works in Drums, Pa.

Todd Jeffreys discovered an early interest in clay while in high school. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in ceramics. After earning his undergraduate degree, Jeffreys also studied with Carl Beamer at Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pa., and Hugo Fiora at Millersville University, Millersville, Pa.

He established his business Stoneware in Danville, Pa., in 1984. Also a prolific artist, Jeffreys produces several thousand functional and decorative pieces every year. While working, he always places a strong emphasis on form but it is his glazing style that make his pieces stand out from most pottery. The glazes are applied heavily in most cases and the colors are always rich and vibrant.

Jeffreys currently owns and operates Stoneware and travels throughout Pennsylvania attending seven to eight arts and crafts shows and festivals a year with the help of his family.

The exhibits are open free to the public. The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery and MacDonald 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 galleries will be closed on July 4 and 5.

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