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Pieces and Places of Bucks County Art Show Aug 28 - Sept 26

Ilene Rubin Patterson Farm Afternoon


Two renowned Bucks County Artists. One a painter of places and things related to the bucolic surrounding environs. Tthe other, a sculptor who utilizes unique and locally found elements. Ilene Rubin and Kathleen McSherry will present Pieces and Places of Bucks County at The Stover Mill Gallery weekends beginning  Saturday, August 28th  through September 26th, 2021. Open 1-5pm, and sponsored by the Tinicum Civic Association, The Stover Mill Gallery is at 852 River Road in Erwinna, Pa. 18920. For more information contact Stover Mill at 610-294-9420.

Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A bucolic and uniquely picturesque landscape both famous and quaint. To see it, to travel its back roads, is to fall in love with it. To remember how it used to look is to dream about time, to let it sink into the soul of the casual traveler or fourth generation resident. It evolves yet evokes memory as it moves ever forward. Streams, rivers, and canals slip together to create experience beyond travel brochures.  So many ways to touch and feel, to see and remember the Bucks County of your youth or last year's weekend. Visual moments caught in time with the paintings of Ilene Rubin and sculpted textural dimensions with the found objects that merge into sculptural storytelling and contemporary artworks by Kathleen McSherry will  tell the stories of their Bucks County. Touch it, see it, know it. Saturdays and Sundays, August 28 – September 26, 1-5pm. Open during the Tinicum Art Festival Saturday and Sunday, September 25 & 26. All art is for sale. Mid-week viewings are available by appointment.

Ms. Rubin is a self-taught artist who has lived in Elkins Park, Thousand Oaks, California, Boulder, Colorado and now calls Doylestown home. She has received numerous awards, including the Ty Hodanish award for Oil Painting in the Artsbridge 2021 Member Show in March 2021, and is also a published author of two novels. She is a participating artist in the 2021 Bucks County Chamber of Commerce Virtual Studio Artist Tour and was the Featured Artist in Bucks County Magazine in June 2021. She is a member of most Bucks County Art organizations and previously served as Vice President of the New Hope Art League. She is currently the Artist of Bristol Chair of the Art Show at the Lower Bucks Hospital.

Says Ms. Rubin, "I'm an artist who feels very strongly about the emotional and instinctive force which drives the creative process. I want to feel that a location or object must be explored. That exploration creates a reality on canvas and makes it real. That sense that I must document it is urgent and required or I will not rest until I have conveyed everything about it. It is organic and ever-evolving, but unless my painting can reveal the artist in the art while at the same time be an inner mirror for a viewer, it's merely a rendering of color and form but not stirring.

 I strive to reveal what's below the paint, an invitation to walk in and look around. Then I know I have captured a moment in time. It may not be what is seen outside your window or on your table in perfect clarity, and maybe it is really only sensed, but if it made a viewer consider its innate beauty, then I feel I have conveyed something about me that they did not realize until seeing my paintings. My greatest joy is when someone looks at my paintings all together in an arrangement on the wall and then looks at me differently. That's a wonderful moment and I never tire of it. For me that is the creative process, driven by an instinct of what is compelling vs. merely ordinary. My job is to understand that capturing the ordinary can reveal the compelling.

Kathleen McSherry has a longstanding appreciation for the abandoned and obscure. Her approach to sculpture can be described as archaeological. Her work references multiple strata of American culture, refusing to be tethered to a singular aesthetic. Her choice of composition and media are benefited through their familiarity, giving the chimeric aspects of her sculpture a sense of uncanniness, yet wonder. This observational quality in McSherry's work is self-evident; her media is as much the refuse of modern culture as it is the thematic components of our everyday lives.

McSherry's unique deconstructive techniques elevate the mundane and forgotten, rather than focusing on the traditionally beautiful. The act of freely altering and misusing the intended purposes of her media allows her a wide range in the field of irony. Deforming the personified and anthropomorphizing the lifeless gives even the most unsettling of her sculptures an almost religious quality, no doubt influenced by the religious tropes McSherry references. In this regard, her sculptures serve as altars to alteration and the art of assemblage, where the bodily remains of a child's doll could just as well be reused for their inherently unnerving attributes as for their aspiration towards the ideal.

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