‘Four Seasons’ exhibit on display through July 28 at New Kensington gallery

A collection of Bud Gibbons paintings, on loan from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, is on display during June and July in the Art Gallery at Penn State New Kensington.

Four 8-feet by 10-feet acrylic on canvas pieces constitute the exhibit, “Four Seasons,” which are landscapes of the annual weather patterns of Westmoreland County in western Pennsylvania. The New Kensington show features all four seasons together, which is a break from the museum’s traditional showing of each painting during its corresponding season.

The paintings were commissioned by the Westmoreland Museum in the early 1990s. Gibbons, professor of visual arts at the campus, started with “Summer” in 1992 and finished with “Spring” in 1993. The paintings hang from the ceiling of the museum’s McKenna Gallery. A two-year renovation project necessitated the removal of the revolving exhibit and provided an opportunity for the artist to show his work at his home gallery.

The Westmoreland also shared Gibbons’ art with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Last year, a print of the “Winter” painting graced the cover the newspaper’s Christmas Day issue. A winter scene painting traditionally highlights the cover of the Dec. 25 edition. Gibbons’ was the first living artist to earn the coveted spot.

Augmenting the oversized featured works are 19 smaller portraits and landscapes. According to Gibbons, most of the oil on canvas pieces have not been a part of any of his previous displays at the campus and “fit the theme of 'Seasons.'”
The exhibit, which runs through July 28, is free to the public. The New Kensington gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekends. After the three-month showing at the campus, the exhibit moves to the Inn at Mountain View in Greensburg.

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Last Updated June 11, 2013