An arts invasion springs to life in downtown Pottsville!
2014 will bring The 8th 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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Block of Art 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.