Binasiewicz, Joel Le Bow, Ed Meneeley, Hans Moller, Leonard Nelson,
Florence Putterman, Shirley Thomas, and Jim Thorpe natives Martee
Levi and Howie Lee Weiss
open May 28 - July 10, 2005
THORPE ART SHOW FEATURES NOTED LOCAL ARTISTS
Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation announces the opening of its 2005
exhibition season with Pennsylvania Artists, a show of paintings
and sculpture by 9 internationally exhibited artists from eastern
Pennsylvania – Stephen Binasiewicz, Joel Le Bow, Ed Meneeley,
Hans Moller, Leonard Nelson, Florence Putterman, Shirley Thomas,
and Jim Thorpe natives Martee Levi and Howie Lee Weiss. Exhibition
dates are May 28-July 10, with an opening reception (free and
open to the public) on Saturday, May 28, 3-6pm. Foundation hours
are Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm, and by appointment.
in the exhibition includes a full range of Abstract Expressionist
works created by the artists in the early days of Abstract Expressionism
in the late 1940s and continuing through the early 1950s. Present
day abstractionists who were influenced by the Abstract Expressionist
movement are also included in this exhibition.
Stephen Binasiewicz’s motorized moving sculpture made of
recycled and custom machine parts and flashing lights.
- Earth-toned Abstract Expressionist works from the early 50's,
painted and exhibited in New York by long-time Jim Thorpe resident
- Martee Levi’s collaged canvas on canvas paintings inspired
by jazz. Martee is a real “Chunker,” whose father
was Ken Smith from East Mauch Chunk and whose mother was Betty
Swartz from Upper Mauch Chunk.
- Ed Meneeley, originally from Wilkes-Barre and now a Lehighton
resident, friend of former Lehighton resident and artist Franz
Kline, first exhibited in a solo show in New York in 1961. His
Moon River at Night, from that show, is included here, as are
abstractions from later periods.
- Allentown artist Hans Moller experimented with Abstract Expressionism
in the early ‘50s, later turning to pointillist abstractions
of landscape and nature. Included in the show is a self-portrait,
exhibited in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Moller’s
- PAFA graduate Leonard Nelson’s small early abstractions
from 1948, 1949 and the 1950s, leading to large colorfield paintings
of the 70's, 80's and 90's, all with a rare mastery of color,
- Florence Putterman’s bold use of color and texture, combined
with imagery based on primitive art evoke a sense of whimsy, adventure
- Softly gleaming gold and silver paintings on cracked sheetrock,
repaired with staples and fragments of wire mesh, cloth and wallpaper
from Lehighton resident Shirley Thomas.
- Howie Lee Weiss, another “Chunker” whose family
still lives on Broadway in Jim Thorpe, is widely known for his
large charcoal drawings, four of which are included in the show.
aim is to achieve poetry within the space of the Anita Shapolsky
Art Foundation, located in a church built in 1849 in Jim Thorpe,”
says Anita Shapolsky, “and in the nature around hoping that
viewers will experience an adventure for both the spirit and the
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Fiberglass, wood, copper, canvas, 72" x 48"
Joel Le Bow
Black Birds, 1954
Oil on masonite, 36" x 48"
Criss Cross I
Mixed media on canvas, 24" x 24"
Moon River at Night, 1961
Oil on canvas, 52"
Positano Remembered (Self-Portrait), 1986
Oil on canvas, 36" x 28"
Towards Red, 1951
Oil on canvas, 26" x 30"
Oil on canvas, 42" x 38"
Spirits and Essences
Oil on canvas, 60" x 48"
Painting with Minor Cracks, 2004
Mixed media on sheetrock, 60" x 48"
Howie Lee Weiss
Charcoal on paper, 50" x 32"