Galeton native finds artistic niche in twist on pen and ink

WELLSBORO – Now through March 31, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital invites you to take a trip through gorgeous local landscapes via Carol Mackiewicz’s unique artwork. Mackiewicz is a native of Galeton and spent years exploring various mediums of art while balancing her career as a medical assistant.

“All the art mediums I tried were interesting and fun; however, they did not ‘call to me.’ Something was lacking,” explained Mackiewicz.

When she and her husband, Ray, retired to Millerton in 1999, however, a single experience opened the door to a whole new world of artistic possibility.

“In 1999, I was introduced to Daisy Case, who helped me to explore and express my artistic talent,” she added. “She started me out with oils and then she introduced me to pen and ink with oil rouging. I was hooked. I had finally found my niche in the art world.”

Mackiewicz’s exhibit features a large collection of pen and ink pieces with oil rouging as well as some traditional pen and ink drawings and oil paintings.

Her work has been featured in two shows at the Gmeiner Cultural Center in Wellsboro and is on display until the end of March in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s Gallery of Art, located on the first floor by the main hospital lobby off Grant Street.

The SSMH Gallery of Art features several exhibits of local artists throughout the year for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and employees.

All artwork is available for purchase, and 10 percent of each item sold goes to support the SSMH Auxiliary.

For more information on the current exhibit, how to become an exhibited artist, or how to purchase artwork on display, contact Faith Preston, SSMH Auxiliary/volunteer coordinator, at 723-0191.