New oils exhibit debuts in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital gallery

WELLSBORO – Former rock musician turned office job hopper and columnist, Bibi Snelderwaard Brion began dedicating all of her time to painting in 2012.

A Dutch native, she moved to Pennsylvania to live with her husband in 2008 where she has discovered a unique beauty in the “everyday.”

“I’m inspired by the landscapes and towns in my direct surroundings, wherever I am,” she said. “They provide an instant connection, which is essential for me to create. To strengthen and convey this connection, I prefer to fully experience a scene and paint en plein air (painting outdoors on location) or work with sketches done onsite.”

Her latest exhibit will be shown at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s Gallery of Art now through the end of May.

All featured pieces are for sale, and 10 percent of each piece sold goes to support the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

“I continuously educate myself and take workshops to keep improving my skills,” she said. “In August 2012, I co-founded the Open Studio in Wellsboro and the Northern Tier Plein Air Group Area; that’s how I’ll be spending each winter!”

Brion’s work reflects finding beauty in less noticeable and ordinary scenes. Her medium of choice is oil paint due to its consistency in helping convey mood through sharp edges with palette knives, creating texture and applying thicker paint for sunlit areas.

“I try to literally shine a light on a scene’s essence, and in doing so, I hope to share with the viewer my appreciation for the everyday.”

The SSMH Gallery of Art features exhibits by a variety of local artists for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and employees.

For more information, to become a featured artist or to purchase artwork, call Faith Preston, SSMH auxiliary coordinator, at 570 723-0191.