2015 will bring The 9th Annual Block: Block of Art is an exciting, and growing, annual three-day arts event in downtown Pottsville, with multiple indoor venues, arts exhibits, poetry, performances, and workshops - as well as music and events. Each year, downtown Pottsville transforms its indoor spaces into a premier gallery walk. Works of art will be on display and for sale including paintings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics and sculpture from local and regional artists.
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2015 Featured Artist
Bob Stickloon is our award winning featured artist at Block of Art 2015. Bob was born in Schuylkill County and grew up in Saint Clair. He has lived in Pottsville since 1983. Bob has taught art at Penn State Schuylkill since 1984. He also taught at the Tamaqua School District from 1973 to 1979. Bob is presently an Instructor in Art at Penn State, Schuylkill Campus.
Bob has won numerous awards for his work including the William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing at the Art of the State in 2014 for his piece, graphite and charcoal on paper, titled “My Dad's Plane.” The Art of the State is highly competitive. Bob's drawing was one of 122 pieces of art displayed at the exhibition that were chosen from 1772 entries.
He has exhibited all over the United States and has shown in numerous galleries.
From our artist:
I've never apologized for being a total formalist. My work is “about” nothing but addressing the basic elements and principles of design. My subjects are chosen for the drawing challenges that they offer. I sometimes laugh to myself that I am still trying to get my Drawing I assignments right. The fascination for me, which fortunately continues, is that all I'm doing is applying patches of various values of black and white to a surface and Wow! look at that; they wind up being a solid, weighty mass of an object in space.
Although both wet and dry medium pieces may initially be perceived as merely black and white, I strive to achieve another dimension to the value scale of the rendering by pushing the warm and cool properties of the materials through their selection and handling. I'll also stretch out the spectrum of the lights to darks beyond to what they actually appear in life in order to give the subject a greater presence.
See more of Bob's work at: www.stickloonfinearts.com
Converse All Stars, Diptych: oil on canvas, by Robert Stickloon
.38 Special, graphite pencil drawing on Fabriano watercolor paper, by Robert Stickloon
Clothes Pins, oil on canvas, by Robert Stickloon
2014 Featured Artists
Although involved in the arts for most of his life, Bob only began painting about a decade ago. Since then, this retired English teacher has been busy taking workshops, showing his work, and developing new skills. Currently, McCormick describes his approach to painting as "Modern Primitive," possessing characteristics of both styles. He has exhibited his work at the Art Association of Harrisburg, Goggleworks in Reading, the Mad Batter Restaurant in Cape May, NJ, and at various local sites. Bob works primarily in watercolor but has recently been exploring other media, as well.
Almost Touching, water media, by Bob McCormick
Randy McCurdy is a romantic realist salon painter and is best known for his calming pastoral landscape paintings inspired by the beauty and serenity of the central Pennsylvania wetland and forest regions of Dauphin, Lebanon, Schuylkill and Berks Counties. Randy is a native of Dauphin County PA, born in Hershey in 1952. He currently paints and resides in southern Schuylkill County with his wife, Julie.
He is studied in the traditional painting techniques of the Brandywine and Hudson River schools of American painting and attributes his art education to his brother, the late Allen McCurdy 1941-1999 (fine art educator from Kutztown University, and American painter of the New Hope Pennsylvania colony of painters).
Since 2007, Randy has received national recognition as an American tonalist painter by the University of Southern California.
In 2010, he provided the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area with fine art representation for their state wide promotional endeavors. In 1998, he was instrumental in the inspiration and design of the US minted Pennsylvania quarter. Randy is retired from a 30 year career as a graphic arts engineer for the New York and New Jersey textile printing industries.
I grew up among the Plain Brethren folk of rural Lebanon County PA, and it is from these gentle natured hard working people that I learned, very early in life, my love and respect for the land that I paint. My life's work is, and always has been, to capture in paint the bounty that surrounds us here in central Pennsylvania. The life giving waters, the dreamy meadows of grain, and the deep haunting woodlands that we so often simply just pass by without care or homage. I can not pass them by. I simply must paint what I see and what I remember in a poetic way and I strive everyday to do it well. It is my hope, that if just one person is touched by my images, then my course as a painter has been run to its finish.
Quiet Chaos, by Randy McCurdy
Block of Art is a community organized, community-funded event. Each year the scope becomes larger and more ambitious, involving more people, more artists, more venues, and more partnerships. If you would like to become involved as an artist, volunteer, sponsor, or community partner, please visit our Participate page.