LOCK HAVEN - It's obvious to see that the local art scene is booming - with new galleries opening and art found hanging on the walls of many local businesses and restaurants - there is no shortage of artistic talent in the area.
The Station Gallery, 2 E. Bald Eagle St., will hold an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday for the art of Michael LeKites. The exhibit will feature landscapes, portraits and historical subjects and will run until June 17.
The new gallery opened its doors for the first time May 11, featuring art from Clinton County Arts Council members, which will be on display through today.
Above, a painting by Michael LeKites, who will have artwork on display at the new Station Gallery, 2 E. Bald Eagle St., in Lock Haven. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and the art will be on display until June 17. Below, the gallery is seen.
The Station Gallery, 2 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven, will hold an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday for the art of Michael LeKites. The exhibit will feature landscapes, portraits and historical subjects and will run until June 17. One of LeKites paintings is seen above.
The building that the gallery is housed in used to be a train station located in Mill Hall. When the vacant building was going to be torn down, many residents thought it should be preserved, and it then was moved to Lock Haven, according to Ron McGinniss, Clinton County Arts Council president.
"The mayor of Lock Haven approached me about five years ago to see if we (the arts council) would be interested in moving into a new facility with a lot of opportunity to make it an art center," McGinniss said. "We hope that it can bring more traffic to the area in Lock Haven."
McGinniss, who was an art teacher for 35 years at, is excited to have the opportunity to feature one of his past Lock Haven High School art students, LeKites, at the gallery.
"Some students stand out in your mind and he was one of the students who was really exceptional in high school," McGinniss said. "I approached him and asked him to show his work and he was excited and happy to come on board."
LeKites, a native of Lock Haven, has called Williamsport his home for the past 25 years and said he has been painting and drawing his entire life.
"My style is realism," LeKites said. "I'm a Christian and that definitely influences my work. I have a lot of different interests - Civil War, landscapes and different variations ... I've had people refer to my work as romantic in some ways."
LeKites said his three major influences on his work include McGinniss, his father and God.
"My dad bought me a drawing table when I was in junior high," he said. "When I was in high school, I wasn't really motivated, but whenever I showed up to Ron's class, he always was one teacher who I never wanted to disappoint. After high school, I became a Christian and the Bible is a big influence."
In addition to art exhibits, the arts council also would like to expand the diversity of the gallery to make it a hub for the arts in general - an arts center, offering traditional art as well as jewelry, dance, music and more.
Gallery hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They hope to gain more volunteers and sponsors in order to expand their hours in the future.
For more information about the gallery and featured artists, call 748-0949.
The Station Gallery
calendar of events:
May 11 to 27: Members show.
June 1 to 17: Micheal LeKites.
June 22 to July 8: Regional Quilt Show.
July 13 to 29: Ron Beach.
Aug. 3 to 19: Mike Seeber and Kurt Herrmann.
Aug. 24 to Sept. 9: David Seybold.
Sept. 14 to 30: "We Aren't Dead Yet Tour" with Carol Ann Cillo, Steve Bower and Steven L. Getz.
Sept. 28: PA Wilds Presentation.
Oct. 5 to 21: Ned Martin.
Oct. 26 to Nov. 21: KCNet Camera Club Photo Show.
Nov. 16 to Jan. 13: Members show and sale.