Marywood University Presents Masters Exhibition in Suraci Gallery

Published on Mon, April 26, 2010

Marywood University will display the Masters Exhibition May 1- June 25 in the Suraci Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts. Masters Exhibition features work by three graduate students; Nancy Engleman (painting), Deborah Hamburger (printmaking), and Ashlee LaPlant (painting). The opening reception will be on Saturday, May 1 from 5-7p.m.  

Nancy Engleman (West Pittston, PA) received her AAS in commercial art from Luzerne Community College and Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Kutztown University. For the past five years she has been teaching art K-5th for Wyoming Valley West School District. Working in oil and painting outdoors as much as possible, her primary area of interest for the past two years has been the study of Koi fish. It is the beauty of Koi and their diversity of colors that mainly intrigue her, as well as the simple pleasure of watching their movement in the water and capturing it in painting. As a realist, she views her work as an explanation of nature's colors.

Deborah Hamburger (Schnecksville, PA) obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in art education from Penn State University and MEQ in art education from Kutztown University. She has been teaching art in the Allentown School District for 32 years where she is currently teaching and the department head for the arts at Louis E. Dieruff High School. As a printmaker, the various processes afford her the opportunity to explore textures, shapes, and lines found in the natural world. Her prints range from landscapes to the objects that can be found in those places, to impressions of texture of value. Among the many printmaking processes she employs are etching, collograph, and serigraphy.  Her thesis work expresses the range of what she has learned about the different forms of printmaking through the inspiration of nature.

Ashlee LaPlant (Nanticoke, PA) received her Bachelor of Arts in art education from Marywood University. She works for Wilkes-Barre Area School District teaching art to elementary and high school students. She enjoys exploring art mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, and glasswork. Her current paintings represent subjects from nature; light and shadows draw her to a specific scene that she finds inspiring. Through color and texture, she strives to capture a quality of peacefulness and heightened emotion in her paintings. Working in oil on canvas, she uses various tools including the brush, palette knife, and rags.

The Masters Exhibition is free and open to the public. In addition, the Graduate MFA Exhibition is currently on display in the Mahady Gallery featuring the work of five MFA graduate students. Gallery hours include Monday - Friday from 10a.m. - 3p.m.

For more information, contact Marywood University Art Galleries at (570) 348-6211 ext. 2428 or visit