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Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Gmeiner exhibit "Departures and Returns"

WELLSBORO, PA—This Sunday, July 5, from 2-5 p.m., the “Dale Witherow, Michael Biddison and Tucker Worthington: Departures and Returns” exhibit will open at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main Street, Wellsboro.

At 3 p.m., the three artists will answer questions about their varied styles. Admission to the exhibit and the reception are free.

The relationship between these three men is a result of their ties to Mansfield University and their interest in art. Today, Witherow lives in the State of Washington, Biddison in Philadelphia and Worthington in the Wellsboro area.

About 30 years ago, when they all lived in Tioga County, the trio exhibited at the Gmeiner. Since then, they have changed and so has their art. “That’s what makes exhibiting together so enticing. We are interested in seeing each other, each other’s work and our friends and family,” Biddison said.

“The three of us migrated to the Wellsboro/Mansfield area in the 1960s due to MU. Dale came to teach art and Tucker to work as the graphic artist in the public relations department.” In 1969, Biddison was 9 when his dad Larry took a job teaching English at MU and the family moved here.

“In the 1960s, this area was a unique melting pot for local business folks, farmers, educators of all stripes, artists, poets, thespians and musicians that encouraged the wide-open exploration of the arts," Biddison said.

“After milling about in the same artistic community, the three of us deepened our creative bonds and friendship at a 1984 master class Dale led at MU’s art hut," he said.

In the Gmeiner exhibit will be high quality digital prints of Witherow’s acrylic paintings. “I do not have just one style or subject. My reactions to life and the world around me become my paintings - emotional snapshots of my life process. Everything is a self-portrait," Witherow said.

Worthington’s media is oil on canvas and gesso panels. The focus of his interactions with reality is the Stony Fork Creek area. “Always underlying my work are two themes: that we literally have the power to shape the universe that we then ‘step into’ and that ‘we’ are responsible for what we interact with," he said.

Biddison will display his one-of-a-kind wall and functional pieces all made from mixed media and found materials that incorporate painting, carving, joining and building.

Their art will be on exhibit July 5-26 from 2-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information, call the Gmeiner at 570-724-1917.

Dale Witherow's acrylic painting "Memory Orb" is shown. A digital print of the painting will be on display at the Gmeiner with other artwork created by Witherow, Tucker Worthington and Mike Biddison. All three artists will be attending the opening reception this Sunday. Refreshments will be provided by the Pine Creek Decorative Artists.

"Delta Venus" (shown) is an acrylic painting by Dale Witherow. A digital print of this painting will be on display at the Gmeiner as part of the three-man exhibit. This Sunday's 2-5 p.m. reception is free and open to the public.

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