A “Collage of a Commonwealth” featuring artwork based on photographs of the impact United Way has had in Pennsylvania communities debuts today in the Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m. Following today’s press conference and exhibition opening, the art will tour the state for a year.
My painting, “Sisters on the Schuylkill,” was juried in to the exhibit earlier this year. It is based on the impact of Schuylkill County United Way. I broadly interpreted the photograph to paint a scene featuring the impact of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
“Sisters on the Schuylkill” is a mixed media piece into which I built small rocks and sand to depict the Schuylkill River and riparian surroundings.
United Way matched photographs submitted through the local United Way offices with volunteer artists throughout the state. I was asked to do Schuylkill County because I was born and raised a coalcracker.
If you are in the Capitol today, visit the Rotunda and view the art. On Monday, it will begin making its way through the state.