“Art creates dialogue….where there is dialogue there is an opportunity to change lives and fulfill dreams of individuals and communities,” said Jo Thompson Pennypacker. A varied selection of Jo and David’s photography, mixed media works, and paintings will be featured in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County throughout the month of August.
Since 2001, Jo Thompson Pennypacker has been a self-employed artist. Completing her Bachelor of Arts program at Bloomsburg University in 2014 introduced Jo to exciting artistic methods and influences. Creating a 1,900 square foot mural for Danville as an Independent Study and BU URSCA project in 2013 was an opportunity to forge collaborative cultural and business relationships as she explored innovative artistic methods and interdisciplinary practices for professional creativity. Jo has been commissioned to create murals, public art projects, decorative finishes, and custom artwork. “Elements of the natural world surrounding my home and emitting from my internal memories are often the subject and materials for my artwork. Careful attention to detail, explorations of community, trust, comfort, and connections to past memories invite the viewer to investigate their own associations with the subjects I depict,” said Jo.
David Pennypacker explores his creativity through photography. David brings a unique perspective to the images he creates, capturing scenes as they are now to remember through the changing seasons and times. Winter days with snow clinging to the contours of the landscape are favored conditions. Living along a small creek there are also many opportunities to see various wildlife in all seasons. Waterfowl, Great Blue Heron, deer and various songbirds are often the focus of David’s photography. David and Jo’s photographic works are available in custom sized Giclee gallery wrap canvas prints. Additional works are available at www.facebook.com/Jo2016David.
David and Jo, along with their two Australian Shepherds Red and Blue, live in Danville, Pennsylvania. The community is encouraged to visit the library to explore the creative works of this husband and wife duo.
Artists and organizations are encouraged to apply to exhibit items of artistic, cultural and intellectual interest in the library’s gallery and/or display cases. Information about exhibiting can be found on the library’s website, www.unioncountylibraries.org.
(Information from Bridgette Thompson)