Jim Bright ’69, M’81 Displays “Spirit and Substance”

Sculpture by Jim Bright

Sculptor Jim Bright ’69, M’81 and painter Joanne Landis bring together their own intimate vision of shape and color in the “Spirit and Substance” exhibit at the Station Gallery in Lock Haven, Pa., opening on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Both artists have shown extensively, sharing their interpretation of human interactions with the world around us. Jim’s sculptural visions imply human movement and studies of growth through carved wooden or cast pieces, while Joanne captures each special environment in her canvases.

Jim is a Pennsylvania sculptor specializing in the time-honored processes of carving and casting. He has a B.S. degree in Art Education and a M.A. degree in sculpture from IUP. He also studied sculpture at Penn State and Lucca, Italy.

The study of relationships in form and space related to organic subject matter has occupied much of Jim’s work throughout his career. Specific themes include human interactions, implied human movement, and studies of growth. He emphasizes the sympathetic use of sculptural materials, with special attention to the unique characteristics of each piece of local hardwood used in the carving process.

Sculpture by Jim Bright

His bronze works range in scale from intimate tabletop pieces to life-size outdoor sculptures. While most sculptures are the result of his personal interest and inquiry, he welcomes the inherent challenges of commissions.

Joanne works exclusively with the figure, creating an environment for each which matches its internal geography. Her primary interest is in that space between worlds: internal and external, physical and mystical.

Both Jim and Joanne have shown extensively throughout the Northeast, winning numerous awards in some of the more prestigious juried shows in the region. Their work is a wonderful contrast of two and three dimensions while maintaining a common thread of a contemporary style.

“We are fortunate to be able to attract such amazing artists to the Station Gallery,” said Ron McGinnis, president of the Clinton County Arts Council. “Both Joanne and Jim bring an exciting and fresh approach to the visual arts that is difficult to find in rural Pennsylvania. The ‘Spirit and Substance’ exhibit will expose the community to a completely different type of art.”

The exhibit will be at the Station Gallery from May 4–18, with the gallery’s first-ever Saturday evening opening on May 4 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday from 1:00–8:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.