Williamsport, Pennsylvania – Follow the journeys of two local educators and artists in an upcoming exhibition aptly titled “Journey and Transformation: The Careers of David Stabley and Keith Vanderlin.” Find it on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through May 6.

An artists’ reception is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 in the gallery lobby on the third floor of the Madigan Library at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. A conference in the gallery starts at 5 p.m.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The two talented and respected artists and educators at Penn College share examples of their work as a farewell preview ahead of their retirement at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

Vanderlin, assistant professor of graphic design, has been a full-time faculty member since the fall of 1989.

Stabley, a professor of ceramics and woodcarving, joined the faculty as an adjunct educator beginning in the spring 2009 semester and transitioned to full-time faculty in the fall of 2011.

Stabley’s work includes ceramics, carved wooden masks and sculptures. His clay work varies from handcrafted vessels to traditional thrown forms, and he has experimented with soda firing using a combination of slips, stains, and flashing glazes.

The artist combines drawings of faces with layered abstract shapes, colors, textures and patterns that surround and take over form. His works on wood are the product of teaching woodcarving at Penn College. His sculpted masks are inspired by African art and include mixed media additions.

“I invite you to explore and experiment with them, adding another layer of connectivity to what already exists,” Stabley said.

Vanderlin’s works consist of color photographs and wood carvings. His appreciation of the shapes and forms of nature is a common theme in his work. To make his photographs, he works with both incident and reflected light sources using long camera exposures. He edits the images in Photoshop, often mixing multiple digital files to complete an image.

Much of the wood used for his carvings comes from trees on his property, using colored hardwoods: black walnut, black cherry and chestnut. He works with both constructive and subtractive processes when making his sculptures, and his inspiration comes from objects found in nature, which serve as a starting point for the work.

His artistic creation process for photographs and wood sculptures is informed by the basic principles of art, design and science.

“The word ‘photography’ means drawing with light,” Vanderlin said. “In my photographic work, I am interested in the properties of colors and the behaviors of light, particularly as it interacts with light-sensitive materials to create images that have both mystery and beauty. The sculptures are an experiment in removing wood to create biomorphic shapes and forms.

Stabley received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Millersville University, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He and his wife, Deborah, an adjunct member of the art faculty at Penn College, have made a living for more than 30 years selling their ceramic work to galleries across the country. He designed and produced many mosaic murals on the Penn College campus, as well as in the community.

More recently, he was commissioned to create a large-scale triptych for the new Penn State Hampden Medical Center in Cumberland County.

Vanderlin earned a BA in biology from Gettysburg College, an M.Ed. in Science Education from Temple University and her Masters in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been teaching for 50 years, including more than 30 years at Penn College.

He co-developed the woodcarving class at Penn College with Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design and head of the art and design department, when they both began making woodcarvings.

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