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Linda Benton McCloskey at Gallery @ Second

Gallery at Second, Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda Benton McCloskey will be exhibiting her art at Gallery@Second, 608 N Second Street, Harrisburg, PA. The exhibit, which also features the work of artist Debra Tritt-Kreiger, opens September 5 and will be highlighted during Harrisburg’s Annual Gallery Walk on September 8, 11am-6pm. You can visit the gallery to see the show through October 12 and there will be an artist reception at the Second Street gallery on Friday, September 20 from 6-9pm.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, watercolor by Linda Benton McCloskey

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, watercolor by Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda will be showing new works in oil and cold wax, encaustic and mixed media. Her creative concept is that a new work begins without a preconceived outcome in mind.  A painting simply begins and then intuition, love, desire, and experience take over.  When in this dream-like state, she gives way to the process.  Eventually shapes and movements are developed further….regardless of the result, the painting takes her to a new and unexpected destination.

Benton McCloskey states, “My art is influenced by the impulsive approach of the abstract expressionists de Kooning, Motherwell, Kline, Mitchell and Hofmann.  Discovering creative ways of expression and keeping traditional rules of painting out of the picture are priorities.”

Moon Dance, oil and cold wax by Linda Benton McCloskey

Moon Dance, oil and cold wax by Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda will also be exhibiting with Mixed Media Art Group during Harrisburg’s Annual Gallery Walk at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 N Third Street, Harrisburg, PA on September 8, from 11am-6pm. Click here for more information.

You can view more of Linda’s work on the Mixed Media Art Group website and on her website www.lindabentonmccloskey.com.


Members in the News

"Sunscape" by Ann Yeager Lawson, 24" x 24"

“Sunscape” by Ann Yeager Lawson, 24″ x 24″

Ann Yeager Lawson has art displayed at WLAN, “We Love Art Now” Gallery, 252 North Queen Street, Lancaster PA. Her piece shown left, is part of the exhibit which will run through April 28th.

Heavy Metal by Thom Kulp

Heavy Metal by Thom Kulp

Thom Kulp and Robert McCloskey are participating in the York Art Associations Spring Members Exhibit, 220 S Marshall St  York, PA. The show will be on display through May 18th.

Tina Berrier with her 3rd place winner!!!

Tina Berrier with her 3rd place winner!!!

Tina Berrier and Judy Kelly have been accepted to the Mechanicsburg Art Center Juried Show, 18 Artcraft Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA, which opened this past Friday, April 12th. Tina won a 3rd place award for one of her entries to the show which will be on display until May 3rd.

Joan Maguire at City House Bed & Breakfast

Joan Maguire at City House Bed & Breakfast

Joan Maquire will be the featured artist in Third in the Burg at City House Bed & Breakfast, 915 N Front St  Harrisburg, PA on April 19, 6-9pm.

Doug Tomlinson at the Capital 10 Miler

Doug Tomlinson at the Capital 10 Miler

Doug Tomlinson and Susan Darling recently participated in the The CAPITAL 10-MILER in Harrisburg, PA, a run/walk event that benefits many arts organizations of the capital region. Doug ran the 10 miles, while Susan walked it! Way to go! Support the Arts!!!

Mathematically Abstract by Tami Bitner

Mathematically Abstract by Tami Bitner

Tami Bitner was the featured artist in Harrisburg Magazine for the month of April. You can read Tami’s article online here.

We are proud of the accomplishments of our artist members of M & M Mixed Media Art Group!!! Read more about our members on the Mixed Media Art Group website.

Linda Benton McCloskey wins Rottler Award

The York Art Association recently awarded the very coveted Rottler Award to top five artists members. The award is based on two pieces of art entered for the recent exhibition. The exhibit will be open from February 24 – March 30, 2013.  M & M member, Linda Benton McCloskey was one of the five artists chosen to receive the annual award and is shown below with her art entries and receiving her award. Benton McCloskey is also an instructor at YAA. She teaches Mixed Media, Cold Wax and Encaustic workshops. You can view more of her art and her teaching schedule here.




Meet Our Members: Doug Tomlinson

We are beginning a series of blog posts that will introduce each of our M & M Mixed Media Art Group members over the next several months. We’d like you to gain insight into their favorite studio practices, techniques and tools, as well as their artistic vision. The first to be introduced is Doug Tomlinson. Doug lives in Harrisburg PA and is an active member of the M & M’s. Doug is also a vital part of the webmaster team for this website. He is an excellent mixed media and encaustic artist and we are sure you will gain some insight by reading Doug’s interview:

Meet Doug Tomlinson

1) How do you describe yourself as an artist?

I am intrigued by abstract art and modern design.  I think the most interesting thing about abstract art is how simplistic it can look on the surface, but how challenging it can be to create a wonderful piece.  As an artist, I find that I am constantly looking to create something different.  Once I find something I like and create a few pieces in that style, I am ready to move on.  I think often times you can tell the artist as soon as you look at one of their paintings.  When this happens, I think that the painting becomes less “abstract.”  I enjoy the idea that someone looking at one of my pieces may not know the creator until they look at the name of the artist.

2) Where do you create your art?

I do a lot of painting in my home.  Although, space is limited and the mess created by art supplies can be a challenge and frustration at times.  I also enjoy taking various art classes to experiment with different mediums and learn from excellent artists.  I find that classes help to keep me excited about art and always wanting me to create something new and interesting.

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Arcylic on Canvas
24″ x 20″
”This was one of my first and still one of my favorite paintings. I was able to create the entire piece without forcing any paint on the canvas and without knowing where I was going until it was done. To this day, this was the “most creative” I have felt while painting. The names come from a title of a “Keane” song.”

3) What is your favorite medium?

My favorite medium can change depending on whether I recently created something that I really like.  I think encaustic is the most fun to work with, but it requires a higher level of ventilation than my existing art space can support.  I’m looking forward to a cold wax class in a few weeks, so check back with me after that and my favorite medium may have changed.

4) What are your favorite tools?

The palette knife is my favorite tool.  I love the way paint flows off of it, the lines you can create using it, and the ease of wiping it clean and quickly choosing another color.  I recently began experimenting with objective abstract and doing an entire painting with a palette knife.  I just enjoy the thought of completing a painting without the use of a brush.

5) What motivates you to be creative?

I think the best motivation for creativity is being around creative people.  The M&M Group brings that to the highest level with the amount of talent I am surrounded by on a constant basis.  Also, the emotion that you get from looking at amazing abstract art work in museums, on television, in a restaurant, or any place triggers the desire to be creative.  I now find myself thinking about abstract pieces and wanting to find ways to turn the image in my head into reality so others can enjoy it as well.

6) Can you describe your medium and style?

As I previously mentioned, I like to think my style is ever changing.  I’m an engineer by trade, so I’m always fighting the tendency to create with too much structure.  My favorite pieces always seem to be the ones I create without a preconceived notion of the final product.  I like to try different mediums and paint on different surfaces to add elements that change the game and help me to create something unique each time.

7) Describe your dream studio or creative space:

The space itself would be modern and interesting in design.  It would be large enough that I could have multiple pieces underway at the same time.  Some pieces would be horizontal on tables; others would be vertical on easels.  I would be able to move around between them and let the creativity from one spark ideas for the others.  The space would have an indoor/outdoor feeling with trees and sunlight, and have a nice breeze flowing through it.  One side would have a view of the ocean.  The other side a view of the mountains.  The walls would be filled with creative inspiration and amazing art work.  Everything would be designed in a way that opens the senses and makes it easy to be creative.

8) Do you have a favorite technique that you use a lot in your work?

I like to start paintings by scrapping paint across the surface with a palette knife.  You can get some really amazing color blends and it gives you an excellent starting base.  For this technique, I prefer materials like Yupo or wood which have a smooth surface as compared to canvas.  I just really enjoy watching the painting come to life as the paint glides across the once blank surface.

Mixed Media on Wood
24″ x 24″
“The painting was inspired by Pollock who was one of my initial inspirations for becoming an artist. I wanted to incorporate some of his techniques, while blending paint in new and interesting ways. The painting was made using a drum stick and incorporates gloss enamel paint and pouring medium. Another song inspired title. This one comes from a lyric in Breathe by the band “The Prodigy.”

9) How did you get into this type of art?

I’ve always loved abstract.  So, a few years ago I decided it was time to stop looking at it and start creating it.  I began with a class to learn some of the basics and off I went.  Since then, I’ve never stopped talking classes.  I think it’s a good idea to take one every few months to learn something new and to gain a new perspective.

10) What are your favorite things about your work?

I love the variation in my work.  I also love it when I create a piece that I like enough to hang in my own house and look at every day.  I tend to be very critical about art and design, so creating a piece that I really enjoy makes it twice as exciting.

11) What artists do you relate to?

I love being around passionate people.  It doesn’t matter if they are passionate about painting, photography, music, or something as simple as striving to make the perfect pizza.  Passionate artists tend to be excited to talk about their work, exchange ideas, and ignite the creative vibe.  I try to be an individual with my art so I want to learn techniques wherever I can.  Another great thing about the M&M Group is the diversity of art styles and types.  And, the one thing all the artists have in common is passion.

12) What are your goals for the future of your art?

I see art work from artists that I consider to be amazing.  I look at the techniques they use, the depth of composition in the painting, and the level of creativity that went into making the piece.  When I see this, it makes me want to improve.  So, possibly one day, other artists can look at my work and think the same thing.

You can view more art by Doug Tomlinson on his page by clicking here. Doug actively exhibits with the M & M Mixed Media Art Group.

Benton McCloskey and Goldbeck headed to BWAC in NYC

Circle Series #6 Change 1

Circle Series #6 by Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda Benton McCloskey and Christine Goldbeck are among the 15 Daily Painters of Pennsylvania (DPP) whose work will show at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coaltion (BWAC) in Brooklyn from Sept. 22 through Oct. 21. The show is open to the public weekends from 1 to 6 p.m. An opening reception is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Goldbeck, who owns Arts on Union, an arts gallery and studio in Middletown, PA, is painting a summer water series in acrylics for the exhibition. Two of the paintings are representational landscapes while the others are abstractions of the colors and textures of water in the summer, at different times of day.  An avid walker and biker, Goldbeck is influenced by nature and likes to work with the colors and textures she sees while on her journeys.  What usually begin as a representational landscape often ends up as an imaginative abstract that has elements of Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism. Trees, water and flowers are subjects for her paintings.

Benton McCloskey  begins a new work without a preconceived outcome in mind.  She simply begins painting and then intuition, love, desire, and experience take over.  When she is in this dream-like state, she gives way to the process and eventually begins to see and respond to shapes, forms, and movements.  Benton McCloskey then develops them further…regardless of the result, the painting takes her to a new and unexpected destination.

After changing careers and researching her family’s history, Benton McCloskey discovered that the American Regionalist Painter Thomas Hart Benton  was her great-uncle. Benton McCloskey’s art is influenced by the impulsive approach of the abstract expressionists de Kooning, Motherwell, Kline, Mitchell and Hofmann.  Discovering creative ways of expression and keeping traditional rules of painting out of the picture are priorities.  Since she enjoys varying her palette of colors and approaches, her recent non-objective works are mostly watermedia, encaustic and cold wax with  texture and color.  Diversity and choice intrigues her and is evident in her work.

Mechanicsburg artist Mary Beth Brath founded DPP in the fall of 2009. The DPP is an online blog group of professional visual artists that paint on a daily basis and reside in Pennsylvania. Members must be juried into the group and there is a monthly fee. Members are all gallery represented. Most have been published and have won awards for their work. Many have attained Signature Memberships in National and International Organizations. The group has 48 members.

The website brings the human element to viewing original art online.  Artists discuss techniques, materials, announce awards, exhibits and share the stories behind the paintings.  A personal blog page can be difficult to maintain since first priority is “in the studio.”  In a group blog, everyone works together to keep the site fresh and exciting for viewers and followers. Since the site is so active, it remains high on the search engine and gives the artists a strong online presence. Curators, gallerists and collectors have a location to view the work and read about the accomplishments of the group. Each June, the group exhibits in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building East Wing Rotunda. Visitors traveling from around the world stop to take pictures with the artwork. The show is anticipated by the legislators, Capitol employees and the public.

Summer on the Water 5

Summer on the Water 5 by Christine Goldbeck

Goldbeck’s paintings and photographs are in state, national and international corporate and private collections. She holds a Master of Fine Arts-Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA-IA) degree from Goddard College. In addition to classes and workshops at Arts on Union, she also teaches digital photography at the Art Association of Harrisburg, and photography and experimental mixed media painting at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen in Lancaster, PA. Goldbeck is a  juried member of the Guild.

Benton McCloskey has studied under international artists such as Gerald Brommer, Mary Todd Beam, Steven Aimone, and Katherine Chang Liu.  She is a member of local art groups and a teacher of experimental water media, collage, abstract design, cold wax & oil, and encaustic.  She is also a Signature Member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Baltimore Watercolor Society, plus has earned her Nautilus Membership in the International Society of Experimental Artists.

M & M’s in Gallery Walk

This Sunday, September 9, from 11:00am till 6:00pm the Mixed Media Art Group (M & M’s) will be participating in the 24th Annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk in Harrisburg, PA.  A variety of mixed media art and photography from our members will be on display at the Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 North 3rd St. (side entrance, Third & South St. into the “Gathering Place”

Gallery Walk is a long time tradition in Harrisburg, sponsored by the Art Association of Harrisburg.  The walking tour includes 21 locations in galleries, restaurants, and businesses throughout the city. You can obtain complete tour information and locations by clicking here.

The other exhibition sites to visit on Gallery Walk include:

The John Harris/Simon Cameron Mansion
St. Stephen’s Mission Gallery
Penn National Insurance
Whitaker Centre For Science & The Arts
CASA Gallery @Capital Area School of the Arts
The Gallery at Walnut Place
Mangia Qui & Suba
The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Art Museum
Historic Harrisburg Resource Centre
Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Fenetre Gallery at HACC Midtown
North Gallery
Little Amps Coffee Roasters
The Governor’s Residence
Mitrani at Home

September Classes and Workshops Offered by M & M

M & M members will be offering a wide variety of classes and workshops beginning in September. There is definitely something for everyone!!! We appreciate your support for the following classes and workshops:

Linda Benton McCloskey will be offering Cold Wax and Oil Workshop at the Mechanicsburg Art Center beginning September 7. This 2 1/2 day workshop will explore the diversity of cold-wax medium with oil paint, pigment sticks and powdered pigments. Cold-wax medium is wonderful for oil painters (and abstract painters) to experiment with, using non-traditional tools to achieve texture and finishes similar to encaustic but without the heat. This exciting medium is gaining widespread popularity, and opens doors for oil painters and abstract artists to explore new techniques and surface effects.

Thom Kulp will offer Experimental Mixed Media at Art Association of Harrisburg.  Using a mixture of experimental media, students will develop paintings in layers of materials and exciting new techniques. A variety of methods will be demonstrated throughout this 8 week course for developing expressive color and texture by pouring, layering, spraying, and stamping methods. This class is designed for both abstract and representational artists.

Elaine Brady Smith will begin a 10 week Collage Class at the Art Association of Harrisburg. This class is for all levels of experience and will cover the basics of collage and how to combine the elements and principles of design to make your collage work stand out. In addition, learn how to make decorative papers for use in collage and mixed media art.

Christine Goldbeck will offer 6 weeks of Basics of Digital Photography beginning September 15th at Art Association of Harrisburg. New and intermediate photographers will develop and improve their skills in pixel-based photography. through demonstration and hands-on experience, the course will cover important creative and technical principles. Students will learn about composing, editing, storing, and outputting(printing/website) digital photographs and more.

Encaustic Workshops will be offered by Linda Benton McCloskey and Elaine Brady Smith. Elaine will offer a one day Intro to Encaustic Art at the PA Guild of Craftsmen on September 22. The class will cover how to make your own medium, substrates, fusing methods and tools. Demonstrations are given on various techniques such as:  applying color, making marks with tools,  incising lines, imbedding objects, adding collage and transfers.

Linda will offer a 2 1/2 day Basic Encaustic Workshop beginning September 28 at her home studio at 600 Yale Street,  Harrisburg, PA. You will learn all the basic encaustic painting techniques such as layering, fusing, texture, line, scratching back, stamping, stenciling, transfers, etc. Contact Linda Benton McCloskey for more details.