March 4, 2004
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Gettysburg Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) will host a diverse exhibition of artwork from The Center for Women's Creative Expression. The exhibit features paintings, photographs and mixed media works by Mary Lundeen, Catherine Wert and Good-Ben. A reception to meet the artists will be held on Thursday, March 4, from 12:00 noon to 1 pm at the HACC campus, 731 Old Harrisburg Road. The reception and the exhibit, which continues through March 29, are open to the public.

Inspired by her lifelong observations and reactions to nature, Mary Lundeen's abstract paintings incorporate elements of impressionism with vibrant use of color. The artist explained that "Each piece reflects feelings inspired by some force of nature experienced as a child yesterday, and as an adult today - a swirling pattern of mud, foggy dew drops on a cobweb, the fragrance of a hundred apple trees full with blossoms. . . " Lundeen's paintings have been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout south central Pennsylvania and have received first place, second place and judge's citation awards.

Photographer Catherine Wert describes her work as documentary in nature. Her images convey a strong personal connection with her subjects, including Cuban and Native American women. "I believe in photography's power to reveal the world," she said. "Sometimes it is enough to call attention to someone or something, to say simply 'look at this.' Other times I set up or create the photograph from my imagination." At HACC, Wert will exhibit black and white silver gelatin prints under the title "10 Photographs from an Oologist's Collection."

Good-Ben's mixed media works are based in photography and incorporate poetry and symbols, including Chinese name stamps. Her exhibit at HACC will feature six images from her "Ezzie Series," which she produced in celebration of women and their capacity to empower themselves. Good-Ben explained that the series imagines the adventures of a woman who, "in the grand tradition of all great adventure stories, has experiences that transform her from courtesan to empress of her destiny." Good-Ben has won twenty or more ribbons for photography and painting at area exhibitions.

Founded in 2000, the Center for Women's Creative Expression, based in midtown Harrisburg, is dedicated to supporting, encouraging and nurturing the outward expression of creativity by women through programs including exhibitions, workshops, artist residencies, arts-in-education and other innovative offerings representing the diversity of women's life experiences.

Exhibit hours at Gettysburg Campus HACC are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call 337-3855.

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