The Crary Art Gallery is welcoming their final exhibitor for 2023. William Disbro of Jamestown, NY, will be sharing his intricate perspective of captivating landscape scenery starting December 2nd through December 31st. The opening reception for this exhibit, Story Boards – Images of Changing Views will begin on December 2nd at 5pm, William will give a talk at 6pm, and the event will continue until 7pm.
William’s parents and teachers recognized his talent for art when he was at an early age. Coming from a family of teachers, teaching and art just seemed to go together. After earning his bachelor’s degree in art education from Kent State University, William spent his first year teaching art at elementary and junior high schools. He then completed graduate art school at Kent State University and spent five years as the second full-time art faculty at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. In 1970 he began his long tenure at Jamestown Community College (JCC) as their first full-time art instructor. He developed the art curriculum and taught there for 32 years. William’s training and teaching was in the three-dimensional areas such as clay, bronze casting, and welding. William’s favorite thing about teaching was sharing knowledge to help others experience better lives. He compares teaching to parenting and leading students in creative, positive directions.
When William retired from JCC in 2002 he started to learn how to paint. As far as deciding on a subject matter, William goes between depicting reality and offering tranquility; unfortunately, the two are sometimes mutually exclusive. William’s most recent body of work shows 2” x 2” squares of painted surface around a larger painted shape. The large piece is the subject and the surrounding squares add details that might reference how the subject might look in different weather, a different time of day, up closely or under a microscope, etc. When asked about this method, William explained that, “The 2” x 2” squares permit additional visual information that couldn’t be painted into a representational space.”
So, if you want a changing view, come to the Crary Art Gallery on December 2nd. We hope to see you there.
The Crary Art Gallery is a non-profit private art museum located at the corner of Market Street and 6th Avenue in historic downtown Warren, PA. Its mission is to educate, entertain and extend the importance of visual arts. In addition to displaying the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions are held every other month throughout the year, beginning in February. Hours of operation are Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 6 and Sundays from 12 to 4. Admission is always free. For more information, visit craryartgallery.org.