Karen Black, curator of the Blue Heron Art Gallery in Wyalusing, displays beautiful journal books with covers painted by local artists.
Support for the arts within a community is vital. But there is also a need for artists to give back as well.
"As the new curator of the Blue Heron Art Gallery in Wyalusing, I felt
there was a need for greater community interaction with local artists,"
said artist Karen Black. "So I began working with the local high school
arts departments, public libraries and other charitable organizations
to institute programs that would bring about this involvement. A real ‘win-win’ situation."
One of these interactive programs is called "Sundays at the Heron," where artists and
the public get together to share their love for the arts or help do community projects.
Last month, members of the Blue Heron gathered to paint journals for donation
to a local outreach program for cancer patients. Memorial Hospital and the
American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program participants will
enjoy receiving the painted journals.
Later this year there will be a project to paint memory boxes, repurposed
book art, Plein Air painting and many more.
Along with her new role as Curator of the Blue Heron Art Gallery, Karen
Black is the owner of Studio K Galleries, painter and Martial Arts Instructor.
Living in Dushore, Karen is a lifelong resident of the Endless Mountains.
She is a member of the Society of Decorative Painters; retired board member
of the EMTDP; a life member of Phi Kappa Phi; and an alumnus from Lycoming College.
With her art she reaches out globally as well as locally through social
media, her website and her charity work. Previous publications include
Legacy of a Coal Miner, Awakenings, Full Circle, two children’s coloring
books and more.
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