One of the more than 60 artists listed in the Bellefonte Art Museum’s registry is Meghan Sweeney. Here is her statement:
Portraits of people and animals in either graphite or charcoal are the main focus of my art. I also enjoy acrylic painting and find myself most attracted to abstract concepts when I paint. Mixed media and scratchboard are two other areas I find myself drawn to.
I like to capture the subtle contours and nuances of shadow that create the feeling for the portraits I draw. I tend to focus on the very minute lines around the eyes and lips. The eyes are often what give away how the subject is actually feeling. Even if someone is smiling externally, the eyes will give away whether the internal mood matches or not.
For the other works of art that I create I usually find myself inspired by vivid imagery, bright colors, and any emotional qualities that a particular subject may convey. I strive to capture movement by using subtle lines that create an unconfined sense, as if the painting is trying to break out of its canvas confines.
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.