Penns Valley

On Centre: Penns Valley | Artist puts old items in new light

Local residents might find a new way to look at otherwise ordinary objects at an art show opening this week in Penns Valley.

Household items as simple as an old washboard, an iron wrench or a wooden rake are transformed in the striking, black-and-white photographs of Stephen Althouse.

The works of the Washington, D.C., native, who grew up in rural Bucks County, will be on display in February and March at the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center on West Main Street in Millheim.

The exhibit will kick off Friday with refreshments and live local music at the gallery, said Dana Morrison, assistant manager at the Green Drake.

Althouse, whose work has been displayed in major museums in North America, South America and Europe, will also be on hand Friday for an artist’s talk.

According to the gallery, Althouse’s work features the beauty in old, worn-out items, and examines society through those discarded items. His photographs often feature individually posed items in front of a simple black background.

“His beautifully printed, large format black-and-white photographs are a visual treat, as well as compelling statements,” gallery employees said on Green Drake’s website.

Morrison said Friday’s opening reception for the show, “Stephen Althouse — Swords into Plowshares,” is set for 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the gallery. Althouse will speak at 8:30 p.m. The opening is free to the public.

Penns Valley grads march in Washington D.C.

Two Penns Valley high school graduates had a unique view last week for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Frederick Dawson and Paige Nardozzo, both cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, marched with the VMI Corps of Cadets, in the inaugural parade last Monday.

Dawson is a senior biology major who is minoring in Spanish. He has been accepted to pursue a post-graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

Nardozzo is a junior who is majoring in mechanical engineering. She is also a member of the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

“We are honored to recognize the accolades and accomplishments of our alums,” officials said on the district’s website.