Clare Klaum resides in Mechanicsburg PA. She is a member of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters, The Mechanicsburg Art Center and the Carlisle Arts Learning Center and Gallery. Her medium of choice is pastel. She creates both studio and plein air paintings.
The gallery is full of fun and excitement for May and June. The exhibits opened on First Friday May 2nd and was very well received. Frederick Swarr and Michael Peluso greeted collectors and friends from 6pm - 9pm. The images shown below are just a sampling of the work in the exhibits.
"It has been quite a while since I have done an art show or any major display of my work, the reason being that I have fallen in love: with libraries! I am currently a full-time graduate student with Drexel University's iSchool of Information Science and Technology. While at first, when I began my graduate program, I was afraid that I would not be able to paint at all, I have found instead that my drive to become a fully-fledged librarian has lent a great deal of extra fluidity to my work. I now see my work as being a release, a chance to relax and step away form the stress of schoolwork. I absolutely adore working with watercolors and creating new, short narratives with the illustrations I am currently creating. They are meant to be peaceful, contemplative, and indicative of nothing beyond the simple joy of putting a brush to paper. In short, I'm having fun; learning new watercolor techniques and creating different textures with a medium that has a mind of its own. I have found a new balance, one that is all about the structure and order of library life on one side, and the chaotic openness of artistic creativity on the other. I fully believe in the importance of libraries and the role they play in society, and I believe this passion has enhanced, and will continue to enhance, the freedom of visual expression that I have found in working in watercolor, and that is wonderful to me." - Rebecca Lesny