Two exhibits of the work of four artists will open Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Lancaster County Art Association in Strasburg.Thomas Wise, founder of the Pennsylvania School of Art (now known as the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design), and his former student, artist Carol Herr of Quarryville, will be showing their work together in an exhibit titled "30+" in the LCAA's Kauffman Gallery.
Also opening on Nov. 9 are Marilyn Morrison and Pat Reed's "Pots, Etc." exhibit of pottery and paintings in the Association's Steinmetz Gallery.
The title of the "30+" exhibit refers to the more than 30 years since Carol Herr was a student of Tom Wise, who was an instructor in the Fine Arts program at the York Academy of Art. After their paths crossed again a few years ago at the LCAA when both had winning pieces in the LCAA's National Juried Exhibition, they decided to have an exhibit together.
Wise currently devotes his time exclusively to his watercolor and oil paintings. The subject matter of his paintings is based upon familiar scenes, objects and people within his environment. He says, "What I paint of the external world is a reflection of what I have identified within myself. I paint, not only to capture the illusion of an object, but more important, to express its symbolic relationship to my life."
His work has been selected for many local, regional and international shows, including the American Watercolor Society 135th Annual Exhibition, and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society 101st International Exhibit. Both commercial and non-commercial prints editions have been done of his paintings and many of his illustrations and designs have been used commercially.
He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Philadelphia College of Art. In addition he is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the York Academy of Art. As one of the founders of the Pennsylvania School of Art & Design, he served as its first Dean of Administration. During his teaching career he taught many subjects including design, figure drawing, and painting.