The Grand Galleries
Michael Hower was born in 1979 in Lebanon and currently resides in the Harrisburg, PA area. Mike’s inspiration for his work came from his extensive reading of early American history. Originally trained in painting and drawing, Mike studied at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lebanon Valley College, The Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, and The Maryland Institute College of Art. In the years since his formal training he has discovered a passion for digital photography and became self taught in that medium.
Mike’s photography begins with historical research and ends with the telling of forgotten stories. He photographs history by looking for places of deep significance like a waterless canal lock lost in the woods or an abandoned World War II POW camp hidden in the mountains of Pennsylvania. The goal is to capture abandoned human objects and places and the stories they depict. He seeks to convey wear and deterioration through architecture and other relics using elements of design, pattern and color.
In just several years Mike has amassed a resume of more than two dozen juried exhibitions. During this time he has received multiple awards in juried competition. Recently his work has appeared in juried shows at Lebanon Valley College, Gettysburg College and Florida A&M University.
“Back to Eden: Stories, Myths, and Legends”- Works on paper
Kathleen Shaver is a Philadelphia painter who studied at Moore College of Art & Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). The artist produces oil paintings and mixed media works on paper. Her work has been included in a major survey of contemporary Philadelphia artists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in exhibits at PAFA, Woodmere Art Museum, the James A. Michener Art museum, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Moore.
The important role that foundational narratives play in shaping personal identities, social and ethnic groupings, as well as our national identity are explored in this exhibit of works on paper in the baby grand gallery. Employing a muted grisaille-like palette, Shaver has combined collaged fragments of classical art works illustrating biblical stories, Greek myths, fairy tales and legends with mixed media. Drawings by masters such as Rembrandt, Gustave Dore, and Leonardo da Vinci are cropped and rearranged, inviting the viewer to focus on and examine well-known narratives from new perspectives.