Susquehanna Art Society continues tradition with annual art show

SUNBURY — The Susquehanna Art Society’s annual Art Show will open with an Artist’s Reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Degenstein Library Community Room, 40 S. Fifth Street.

Since the first one was held in 1980, two and three-dimensional artists and photographers of all levels and ages have participated in this judged show. At the first show, held at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, 84 pieces of art were entered representing the work of 30 area artists. Since that time the show has grown considerably.

According to Cindy Dozpat, president of the Art Society, more than 200 pieces of art were entered in last year’s show and the group is expecting about 100 artists to participate this year. Each artist is permitted to enter up to three pieces of art.

The Art Society was formed in 1979 when a group of artists joined together to promote the enjoyment and advancement of the arts in the central part of the state. The scope of the group encompasses all the visual arts such as painting, sculpture, drawing, graphics and photography as well as other fine art mediums.

“The show is for anyone who has a love of art,” Dozpat said noting that the society includes those who appreciate art as well as those who produce it. The group meets six times a year in various area locations to discuss topics such as art history and various art techniques.

Dozpat, who is an oil painter, is entering the show again this year. In the past she has submitted acrylic and oil paintings as well as drawings.

Judges for the show are Rachel O’Connor, curator at the Art Association of Harrisburg and Reba Rohrer, a local art teacher, who will be judging the student entries. Monetary prizes are given to the winners in four categories: opaque painting, such as oil, acrylic and pastel; watercolor painting; photography and other, which includes sculptures, drawing, as well as various types of art.

There also are two age levels, adult and student. Anyone 17 years and under is considered a student. Entrants in the adult category will compete at three skill levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. the night of the opening reception.

Dozpat stressed that although all art is accepted, there are a few restrictions. No nudity or extreme demonic themes are to be represented in the entered pieces. All art must be original within the last two years and it cannot have been shown in any prior Susquehanna Art Society Show and it cannot be any larger than 48 inches.

To prepare two-dimensional art for the show, the pieces should be ready to hang with a wire or string across the back. Art with metal hangers attached to the frame will not be accepted Dozpat said. Three-dimensional art must have a display stand. All art must remain until the close of the show.

Entries will be received at the Degenstein Library Community Room from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10.