Water, water, everywhere

BEAL presents group show at Genetti

PHOTO PROVIDED This oil painting, inspired by a trip to Ocracoke Island by Mickey Mapstone, president of the Bald Eagle Art League, is part of the 2017 exhibit, “Water.”

The Bald Eagle Art League, the area’s active art club for 44 years, is presenting a group show, “Water,” through Oct. 3 at the Genetti Taphouse Gallery, 200 W. Fourth St.

The exhibit is the club’s member show for 2017.

“The show is full of H20 variations, realism, as well as abstract, and in any media — oils, watercolors, photography, etc. — and will be adorning the gallery walls in the dining room,” said Mickey Mapstone, president of BEAL. “I tried to keep it simple but creative enough for artists to think outside of the box.”

Artist Lynn Kibbe presented a scratchboard of two pieces of fruits or vegetables being dropped in water and the expression it makes in the water as they splash into the liquid. Mapstone’s oil painting of a bird over the ocean also will be included in the show.

“The picture was taken from our trip to Ocracoke Island and the clouds looked ominous,” Mapstone said. “We stood on the dunes and watched as the storm brewed.”

The work of more than 20 artists is on display throughout the dining area. An artist judge typically decides on who will be included in the member show, but according to Mapstone, this exhibit was a bit different.

“We were lucky with this show,” she said. “There was no judging, so members could bring two pieces, tops, and we would try to hang at least one and if room, we would hang both. We ended up having just enough artists entering and a perfect amount of art, so all who entered got their pieces in.”

Mapstone said that last year’s theme, “A Glimpse of Williamsport,” was a bit restrictive in terms of expectations. Only a few artists entered the show because they weren’t clear on Mapstone’s expectations.

“So, with the ‘Water’ show, they have been much freer and I am so proud of what they’ve done,” she said. “I think we are ‘getting it’ and we have many more in this show. It is an interesting exhibit because each artist has taken his or her creative license with the word “water” and each one is different and you can tell they used their imaginations.”

Those interested in visiting the exhibit can stop by during normal Taphouse hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Art League’s mission is to foster excellence, diversity and vitality in the visual arts of North Central Pennsylvania through a combination of art education, community outreach and service sponsorship.

BEAL’s partnership with the Genetti was formed to create a beneficial relationship that promotes the arts and recognizes the contribution of the Genetti Hotel to the art community.

This is the third year for BEAL to exhibit at the Genetti.

BEAL hosts monthly art meetings, speakers, workshops, regional art shows and more.

The group’s fall meeting schedule will begin with a meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Thomas T. Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St. All art enthusiasts and appreciators are invited to attend.

With the exception of November, a BEAL meeting or program is held on the first Thursday of each month through May at the museum.

For more information, visit www.thebaldea gleartleague.weebly.com, find it on Facebook or contact Mapstone at mick4542@msn.com.