The Chamber Gallery will present the group exhibition, “An Artists Quartet – Four Visions”, featuring the paintings of four uniquely talented artists with varied subjects and styles.

Featured artists include Linda Watso, Vilma Ferrari, Debbie Jennings and Rudy Grimm, Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 7 to 9 PM at The Chamber Gallery, located in The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Building, 27 North Main Street, Carbondale, Pa. 18407.

Live entertainment will be provided by the gifted Vocalist and Musician, Sandra Anderson and an array of refreshments will be offered. The event is free and open to the public and all are warmly welcome,

“An Artist Quartet - Four Visions” is a visual exploration of the world view of four individuals from our region, who come from different walks of life, who have chosen paint and brush, to express their love, beauty and joy. Each celebrates in their own personal experience, an inherent dedication to the meaning, beauty, and truth in “the goodness” life can afford us all, when our eyes focus on those little intangible things, which are seeds to a deeper knowing, yet we miss as we busily go about our days. Also revealed are views of the wild places in nature, of the forest and the noble creatures who inhabit our verdant habitat, not often seen and yet reminders of the inter-connectedness of all of life.

The four artists bring forth, through this exhibit, a unified field of understanding through their visions, a great gift to us all in the exuberant belief that life is indeed a “Heaven on Earth”- a place of great beauty, joy, and awesome wonder.

Linda Watso has been painting since childhood developing over time to become a passionate artist whose most compelling subjects are flowers, landscapes, birds, sunsets, oceans and lakes. “My first art instruction set was “Learn to draw” with Jon Gnagy.

This is when I was introduced to charcoal pencils, paper stomps and grey toned pastels that were included in the set. I drew every single picture in that book from beginning to end.

As time went on, I took as many art classes in school that were allowed. The school loved my work and gave me extra classes each year.

When I reached high school, I was accepted into the commercial art class at the Lackawanna County Vo-Tech which was a half day class. There I learned oils, watercolor, pen & ink, chalk and oil pastels. Outside of school, I did a lot of art projects for interested people when asked, suchas paintings, signs, murals, hand painted flowers and sceneries on various objects.

I stepped away from art for a while after I was married to raise my family, which kept me quite busy. From time to time, however, I did find time to paint winter scenes on large windows at a local grocery store near my home in Green Ridge The patrons of the store just loved them, and looked forward to seeing what I was going to paint each year. About 6 years ago, I picked up my paint brush again and have been painting every day since then.”

Linda Watso will participate in the upcoming event at McDade Park at the end of August, “Paws in the Park” and benefits the local Humane Society. Linda has well incorporated her gift for art and integrated it into her life with great expertise and joy. “Seeing and trying something new every day brings joy to me and others.”

Rudolf Grimm was born in Worms, Germany in 1932 and grew up at the time Germany was in conflict with the world. He survived World War II and by the time he was 11, Rudolf had witnessed the horrors of war and seen how destructive man can be. Rudolf immigrated to the United States in 1956. Not long after arriving in the U.S. he was drafted into the United States Army. Rudolf proudly served in the 101st Airborne Division, second battle group and returned to NYC after his time in the sevice, to work in the banking industry. He met his wife, started a family and later went into business for himself. Rudy is now retired and lives in Pennsylvania where he spends his days, in his studio continuing to pursue his love of art.

Rudy has painted throughout his life and has found oil painting to be his favorite medium. With oil paint an artist can apply a thin stroke or thick stroke that can offer a three dimensional aspect to the painting. Rudolf, with his great interest in nature and conservation, focuses his attention depicting animals in nature, capturing the mood of the animals in his wildlife paintings with attention to detail including the animal’s .environment, structure of the body and anatomical correctness.

Rudy finds peace, tranquility and is humbled by nature.”Animals can exist without humans, but humans cannot exist without animals”, In his wildlife paintings, he expresses his love for nature and its creatures and does not depict violence.

“As a young man living through WWII, I have experienced the atrocities and cruelty that man is able to inflict on mankind, wiping out human endeavors and happiness. My sympathy lies with wildlife as a representation or mirror of goodness, beauty, and freedom. My philosophy is ‘Nature is perfect’. As humans, we participate in this circle and one can only hope that humans can eventually understand that they are finite and their choices are to be good stewards of their environment or defy the perfectly beautiful gift of creation and destroy it. Art makes our world a more beautiful place by feeding our soul.” Mr. Grimm became an American Citizen and lives in the Poconos with his wife for 56 years. His two married daughters live in different parts of the United States. Rudolf Grimm’s works are also available through the “Artisan Gallery” in Milford, Pa.

Debbie Jennings, the third artist in our “Quartet”, thinks of herself as an “Appreciator” and is a well-known supporter of all the Arts, not only in Carbondale, but also throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. Debbie has attended all of The Chamber Gallery Openings and given countless encouragement to each artist exhibiting as she has an experienced eye for style and beauty. Debbie’s father was a wonderful artist and Debbie has attended many art classes recently and has displayed a wonderful style emerging in her own right. Her work displays the honesty and the pure joy of creating in the paintings shown in this exhibit and is a perfect addition to the group,

The Fourth artist in the exhibition is Vilma Ferrari, primarily a mural artist, born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, discovered her talent for art as she was growing up in Canada, It was in her daughters’ bedrooms that began her love of mural painting by creating a full wall piece of art that not only brought her youngest daughter’s room to life, but also told a story. From there she branched out to nurseries, restaurants, yoga studios, hair salons, and has recently delved into the world of canvas. Vilma has coordinated paint nights in the past and is always looking for new opportunities to create, learn, and grow in her artwork, As Vilma stated, “I was given a gift to bring a blank wall or canvas alive. The joy and peace each finished mural and painting brings me is indescribable!”

“An Artist Quartet-Four Visions” will be on display with the Opening Reception, Saturday July 13, 2019, 7 -9 PM, through July 28, 2019. The Chamber Gallery is free and open to the Public Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, Gor more information please visit “The Chamber Gallery Carbondale, Pa, Home” page on Facebook