The Bellefonte Art Museum: R Thomas Berner

Posted on May 4, 2013 

One of the more than 60 artists listed in the Bellefonte Art Museum’s registry is R Thomas Berner. Here is his statement: 

Photography has been one medium I’ve used most of my life, beginning in the mid-1950s. But it was not until I retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico, that I went from snapping away to learning about photography. Fortunately, it was coincidental with the rise of digital photography, which has many benefits over film photography.

I am always looking for photo projects. One way I satisfy that need is through travel. My wife and I like to travel and then create and self-publish books containing my photographs and her paintings. We call the books Pixels and Bristles®. Two of our favorite books are based on trips to Italy and Cuba.

Of course, I also work on projects by myself. When we moved back to Centre County, I got the idea of photographing inside the old Cerro plant. For that venture, I made multiple exposures and then combined them on my computer to reveal exaggerated detail.

I am working on a long-term project I call Pennsylvania Barn Stories. In that I combine my photography and writing to tell stories behind some of Pennsylvania’s barns. So far I have photographed 20 barns.

Some of my photographs can be found in my online gallery.

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


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