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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Unique exhibition to open with reception May 3 in Wellsboro

Chad Andrews of Montoursville is shown with his silicone polymer drawing titled "Soft Backhoe #3 — The Weight of Delicacy." In January of this year, he used pins to install this eight-foot by seven-foot by 1.5-inch drawing made of silicone and Mylar at the University of North Carolina's S. Tucker Cooke Gallery at Asheville.

WELLSBORO PA — On Sunday, May 3, from 2-4 p.m., a unique exhibit by artist Chad Andrews of Montoursville will open at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro.

The only way to enjoy Andrews’ artwork is to stop in and see the drawings. No one can “own” them.

Titled “Soil, Plows and Flowers,” his exhibition will feature 10 to 20 of his silicone polymer works that portray how mankind manipulates earth and how nature balances those actions. Also included will be some of his mixed media pieces.

By the time his exhibit opens at the Gmeiner, Andrews will have spent about six months completing his silicone polymer drawing process, including several days for the installation.

The process begins with him playing out ideas and themes by doing a lot of drawings in his sketchbook. Andrews next creates sharpie drawings to scale on plastic for the exhibit. He then covers each sharpie drawing with clear plastic and draws the images again, this time in silicone caulking like people buy at the hardware store.

He said, “As I draw the images with the silicone, I add more to them. Then I pin the silicone drawings to the walls. During this stage, I am editing and changing the drawings to work in the space where I am placing them. When I’m done, the silicone lines appear to be floating.”

On the wall, his silicone polymer artwork pieces look like three dimensional line etchings of gestural forms. At the Gmeiner, these forms will be of tractors with different plowing attachments and flowers. “The drawings will make the gallery look like my sketchbook,” he noted.

The exhibit and the May 3 reception, hosted by the Wednesday Morning Musicales, are free to the public.

Monday, May 4 through Sunday, May 24, the free exhibit will be open daily from 2-5 p.m.

When the exhibit ends, the silicone will be ripped off the pins and discarded. “The drawings can’t be saved. My silicone installations are ephemeral.”

An instructor in printmaking and two-dimensional design at Bloomsburg University, Andrews‘ private studio, Studio Paper+ is in the Pajama Factory in Williamsport. He works in mixed media combining oil painting, printmaking and drawing techniques.

For information, call the Gmeiner at 570-724-1917.

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