Edge to Edge, an exhibit of mixed media works on paper by Cleveland artist Judith Brandon, will be on display in Mercyhurst University’s Cummings Art Gallery from August 26-Sept. 28. An artist reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2-4 p.m.
Brandon’s artwork depicts the power and beauty of nature. Through her designs and imagery, she interprets the psychological aspects of having a lack of control over the forces of nature.
Brandon creates her artwork using a series of layering techniques. She starts with printmaking paper and makes marks on the surface using a compass and razors, then adding words and other details. Brandon applies inks and dyes to create the washes of the under-painting. Pastels and charcoal make up the top layer that defines the final subject – often swirling tornadoes, volcanic eruptions or tidal waves.
Brandon received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in both drawing and enameling from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she studied enameling from American jewelry artist William Harper.
She has had solo and two-person exhibitions in Ohio at the Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery and at the Bay Arts Gallery. Her works have been included in juried exhibitions such as the National Weather Biennale in Oklahoma, the Indianapolis Art Center and the Butler Institute of American Art. She has taken part in selected group and invitational exhibits, such as Extreme Weather at Cuyahoga Community College, and Women Artists of North East Ohio at the Fairmount Arts Center. Her art has appeared in publications and are included in more than 20 private collections across the country.
Cummings Gallery is located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. The show is free and open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 814-824-2092.
PHOTO: Twin Bolts by Judith Brandon