Harrisburg, PA — An exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Washington College Lecturer in Art Ray Noll is currently on view at the ABC Art Gallery in Harrisburg, PA. "Viva Italia!" opened November 24 and will run through January 26, 2008.
Most of the art, reflecting Italian influences, has been completed in the past four years and has never been exhibited or made available for sale until now.
The gallery is part of the Appalachian Brewing Company, a popular microbrewery that attracts large crowds and supports the arts with its cavernous second-floor exhibit gallery. Visitors enjoy great food, handcrafted lagers, and the chance to peruse and acquire artworks. During the busy weeks of the Christmas season the art gallery hosts an average of 500 people a week.
Noll, who in addition to teaching art is a Design and Multimedia Associate in the Office of College Relations and Marketing, traveled to Italy for three consecutive summers with his wife, Dr. Deb Marciano, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Elementary Education at Washington College. "Deb is nearly fluent in Italian and her language ability allowed us to rent cars and stay in remote places few tourists visit," said Noll. "Visiting Italy for the first time at mid-life felt like a homecoming of sorts — all the pieces of the visual puzzle of Western art suddenly made sense or at least had a tangible reference point. I had arrived at the source. It was a richer experience than I ever imagined."
Noll took inspiration from the deep-rooted artistic environment and the result was a series of paintings and drawings featuring Italian themes and influences. "These works of art are intended to capture the vibrant pulse of Italy's present while honoring centuries of artistic traditions that form the legacy of Western culture."
The Appalachian Brewing Company and its ABC Art Gallery are located at 50 North Cameron Street in Harrisburg. For more information, call 717/221-1080.
December 4, 2007