The brilliant abstract paintings of ArtsPath-rostered teaching artist Julie Bernstein Engelmann is now on exhibit at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) at Altoona where they can be viewed through April 20, 2013.
Titled Julie Bernstein Engelmann: Being Spirit, this exhibit features approximately 35 works that demonstrate her use of vibrant colors and rich textures. Engelmann channels the “painting spirit” in order to produce amazing abstract visions anchored by subtle hints of realism and described using evocative and compelling titles. According to museum coordinator Barbara Hollander, “Julie Bernstein Engelmann combines passages of poured and brushed paint that remind one of stained glass creations. The resulting works are spiritually resonant and ineffably uplifting.”
A resident of Indiana, Pa., Engelmann received her M.F.A. in art from the University of California, Los angeles, and her B.A. from Barnard College in New York City where she studied with renowned first-generation abstract expressionist Milton Resnick. She has won many Best of Show awards throughout western Pennsylvania, including the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council on the Arts 14th annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition, and has work included in many collections, such as the Greater Latrobe School District Special Collection, the Monroeville Public Art Permanent Collection, and several private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has served three terms as president of the Indiana Art Association and is a past vice president with the Indiana Arts Council.
The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona is located in the Brett Building at 1210 Eleventh Avenue and is open from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1:00–5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The museum is handicapped accessible and is open to the public free of charge.
Engelmann will also be speaking about her work from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, as part of Lunch a l’Art, a $13 public event. Those interested can R.S.V.P. to SAMA at (814) 946-4464.
ArtsPath is the arts-in-education program of the Lively Arts, serving students and communities by presenting artist residencies and educational outreach throughout Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson counties. For additional information on Julie Bernstein Engelmann and to view more of her artwork, visit her website.