One of the more than 60 artists listed in the Bellefonte Art Museum’s registry is Jennifer Shuey. Here is her statement:
Jennifer is the executive director of ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania and a native of Centre County. A graduate of Bellefonte High School, with a B.S. in landscape architecture from Penn State University, Jennifer is committed to using her time and talents to make her community a better place. She is particularly interested in conserving the beautiful natural landscapes of central Pennsylvania and engaging more people in the protection of land and water resources.
Jennifer's journey into the local arts community started with an oil painting class through the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. Later at an artist's retreat at Hameau Farm, Jennifer borrowed some pastels, experimented with this new medium, and fell in love with its ability to quickly capture the beauty and character of the natural landscape. Pastels are vibrant and spontaneous, and working with them gives Jennifer an almost meditative creative outlet that is a good balance with her work at ClearWater.
Jennifer is a signature member of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society and serves as the treasurer on the board of directors of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. She is also the vice-president of the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania. Recent exhibitions that have included Jennifer's work have been found at the Art Alliance in Lemont, the Green Drake Gallery in Millheim, the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, the Gamble Mill in Bellefonte, the HUB Robeson Center at Penn State, the State Theatre in State College, Williamsport’s First Friday, the Blair County Arts Festival, and Centre County’s Grange Fair.
Jennifer believes in giving back to other non-profit and community organizations. She has donated paintings to raise money for the following groups: ClearWater Conservancy, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Altrusa International of Centre County, Centre County P.A.W.S., the United Church of Christ’s Hartman Center, the Bellefonte Elks, the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Heifer International, Penn State Cooperative Extension, the Centre County Youth Service Bureau, and the State College Friends School.
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.