One of the more than 60 artists listed in the Bellefonte Art Museum’s registry is Milton Trask. Here is his statement:
I have had an interest in art since childhood, but never pursued it professionally. In the late 80s I started visiting art museums that collections of watercolor paintings by artists such as Homer, Sargent and Prendergast. I was enamored with the simple statements that could be made with the medium. In 1991 I took a course in watercolor painting at Penn State and then took workshops with Tony Couch and Frank Webb, protégés of the late Ed Whitney. I pretty much stayed with watercolor until the late 90s when I got interested in pastel. Now I go back and forth as well as integrate both into my paintings. My training has been primarily through workshops offered by the Art Alliance and visiting artists.
My primary subjects are landscapes, still lifes and portraits. I am captivated by the effects of light and atmosphere on these subjects. My paintings are an attempt to capture the essence of a scene and share that with the viewer. Hopefully the viewer will have an emotional response to the moment as I did whether it is a sunny afternoon at the ocean, a village scene, a uniquely shaped tree, a patch of Oriental Poppies or people going about their lives.
The Bellefonte Art Museum celebrates the human spirit through the arts, recognizing the importance of art in our lives. In 2011, the museum experienced a large increase in attendance, private donations and membership and completed refurbishing the historic Linn House. The museum opened three new galleries: the Children’s Creativity Center, the Anna Wagner Keichline Gallery and the new Louise Bloom Sieg Gallery. The museum is opened Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Phone 814.355.4280.