One of the more than 60 artists listed in the Bellefonte Art Museum’s registry is Jeff Mathison. Here is his statement:
Jeff Mathison trained his art skills at Penn State, graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Over the years, he has worked in many media, including colored pencil, pastel, oils, and acrylic. Currently, he is concentrating on a plein air approach to watercolor, in which he captures the fleeting light of the moment. He also works in his studio from photos he has taken while biking in the mountains of Centre County.
He has exhibited in many galleries and art festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region.
As a freelance illustrator, he creates illustrated maps for books and other publications. His specialty is birds-eye view maps, featuring buildings and landscapes seen from an aerial perspective.
Fundamentally, I believe the job of the artist is to call the attention of other people to whatever the artist finds beautiful and true.
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.