Yesterday I went to the first of three artist’s talks offered by the State Museum in Harrisburg in conjunction with the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2011 exhibition. Alan Paulson, a Gettysburg artist, and Robert Stadnycki, executive director of the Greater Harrisburg Arts Council, walked us through the exhibit giving their takes on the work and exhibit as a whole.
The talk was very informal and they encouraged us to view it as a conversation and to participate. I did my part by talking about the art vs. craft debate (like I said before, it never dies.) So we went over and talked about my bowl a little. Other than that aside, it was interesting seeing the exhibit through two other artists’ eyes.
I also got to meet some other visitors and artists who came to the talk. The museum educational outreach coordinator (I believe that was her title), Beth Hager, was there and encouraged us to participate in the ongoing community art project they have in the Idea Zone. It’s mostly geared toward families and kids, but it was still fun to make my collage tile to be added to their wall.
All in all I had a good time and definitely want to try and make it to the other two talks – August 14th at 2pm with Robert Stickloon and Maxine Gaiber, and September 11th at 1pm (in conjunction with the Harrisburg Gallery Walk) with Lydia Panas and Ricardo Viera. I have two free admission tickets to the Museum, so if you want to go to the August talk, let me know. The first person to contact me can have the pair. The September talk in on a free admission day.