JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – Expect the unexpected with this artistic showcase.
âUNPREDICTABLE,â an exhibition by Johnstown resident Mark Ed, is on view through April 29 in the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
The exhibit features 25 newly created oil on canvas pieces, nine of which include patterned fabric pieces.
“The patterned pieces have become the outer form of these paintings, and it’s a sewn canvas stretched over these patterns that are cut out of 3/4 inch plywood, and they’re all different shapes,” Ed said. .
“With these dimensional paintings, you can see them from different angles because they are not flat.”
He said the pieces in the show are colorful and meant to produce a feeling of happiness when viewed.
“One of the pieces is a bass guitar with the neck broken off, and I turned it into a woman,” Ed said.
âIt’s so whimsical, fun and inventive. I like to see rich paint and I like to see it come out of the canvas where you want to touch it.
The show also presents the ceramic works of Ed.
He said he called the show “UNPREDICTABLE” because he wasn’t sure what it would become.
“I wanted to give people something new, and I was writing it as I went,” Ed said. brilliant, but everything fell into place.”
In addition to his artwork, Ed is an accomplished organist, pianist and singer, creating original compositions.
He earned a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and has exhibited in Philadelphia and New York.
Angela R. Godin, executive director of the arts center, said she was amazed by Ed’s talent, diversity and unique perspective. He never produces the same kind of work twice, she said.
âHe is constantly striving to grow and develop his many areas of skills and talents, always ready to try something new,â she said. âI believe this exhibition will be incredibly captivating and exciting for all who attend. This exhibition will have an impressionable impact that will leave our community inspired.
To celebrate the exhibition, a vernissage will take place on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Ed will be on hand to discuss the pieces of the show and answer questions about his artistic process. At 2 p.m., he will present an artist talk.
A video tour and artist talk about the artwork is available on the arts center YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/cacccarts and his Facebook page.
Additionally, Ed will be presenting a Facebook Live artist talk at 3 p.m. on March 25, followed by a Q&A.
Alongside the exhibition, Ed will be offering his âUNPREDICTABLE with Mark Edâ workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 2.
Participants will use a variety of materials to tap into their creativity, produce limitless art, and discover avenues of abstract expression, he said.
“I want to get other people interested in art,” Ed said.
The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.
Scholarships are available to attend the workshop at half price or free of charge. Interested persons can apply on www.caccc.org/exhibitions.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
There is no charge to attend the exhibition.
For more information, call 814-255-6515 or visit www.caccc.org.