Growing up in the Poconos, Lee Schuler spent a whole lot of time watching “Uncle Gary”, paint brush in hand, create some of the most marvelous art imaginable. To this impressionable young lady, painting just seemed to be “something you do.” The inspiration she received from her uncle is unmeasurable and it’s undeniable that her future as an artist was molded by his presence in her life. (“Uncle Gary” is none other than one of the most respected and well-liked area artists, Gary Kresge.)
Throughout high school, and thanks to an enthusiastic art teacher, Lee was introduced to many art forms. Today, while favoring acrylics, she also works in other mediums including watercolor, oil, mosaic and sculpture. She utilizes an eclectic blend of techniques and styles and is influenced by experiencing nature and observing the miracles of everyday life. She views the creative process as something meditative.
While inspiration came from her uncle, the talent she exhibits is hers alone. This recent college graduate uses her Environmental Science education to create some amazingly distinctive and compelling work. Indeed it is her acrylic painting “We’re All Mad Here,” which combines images of plants, mushrooms, bogs and frogs, that brought her to the attention of the Pocono Arts Council. It was a unanimous decision by those judging last March’s show that Lee was to be one of our “Emerging Artists of the Year.”
With her full-time position as Vector Control Coordinator for Monroe County, Lee’s artistic time is limited. But it hasn’t stopped her from creating and showing her work. She’s seen numerous sales at “Art on Main” and at Josie Porter Farm’s Annual Dinner and has been commissioned several times to create pet portraits and landscapes for local art buyers. Two of her recent pieces, “Lover” and “This is for You” can now be seen in the Art Council’s current “Small Works Exhibition.”
Congratulations, Lee! We can only believe that Uncle Gary is as proud of your accomplishments as we are at the Pocono Arts Council!
Written by Jack Swersie
Pocono Arts Council Board Member, Jack Swersie, has been working with the Pocono Township Park & Recreation Department to present a “U.S. Military Veteran’s Art Show,” Nov. 10-12, at Mountain View Park in Tannersville.
Arts council veterans exhibiting in the show include Ray Roper, Laura Gonzales, Clavertis Miller, Don Sack, and Lin Werkeiser.
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Will Rothfuss will exhibit is two-dimensional collage and three-dimensional assemblage works at the Romano-Gallery of Fine Arts at Blair Academy in Blairstown NJ from November 28 – January 6. A reception is scheduled for November 30.
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