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Opening Art Reception | Jeff Wiles & Vicki Bricker
May 19 @ 3:00 pm - May 20 @ 9:00 pm
Yes, you read it correctly – Two amazing artists in one show. You don’t want to miss this one!
BrainVessel Mechanicsburg will host Two Artist Opening Receptions on Friday and Saturday, with a Matinee from 3-5 pm & Evening 7-9 pm. We welcome all to meet and chat with the artists and browse dozens of other local artisans’ work while enjoying one of our 60 loose-leaf teas and desserts from our friends at the Market Cafe. Limited beverage menu – BYOB (we’ll provide the glasses)
Location: BrainVessel – Mechanicsburg(Located across from Aroogas and Red Lobster) on the Carlisle Pike FREE.
Also, if you’re a musician and interested in playing in our fancy ‘gallery corner,’ tune your guitar and bring it along. You may be able to earn a spot to perform background music. Bring a tip jar, just in case! (Disclaimer: you will undergo rigorous questioning upon arrival!) Acoustic only. No amps unless previously arranged. Don’t want to be so spontaneous? Audition by sending us a sampling of what you offer in advance by contacting Doug@brainvessel.com. We are always looking for musicians to play at our events.
“Just my imagination” by Jeff Wiles
Jeff Wiles’ edgy composites and “street” genre photographs have earned him numerous awards, exhibitions, and publication.
Jeff’s work has been included in eight Pennsylvania “Art of the State” exhibitions (including three pieces selected for the 2017 exhibit); juried exhibits at the New York Center for Photographic Arts, NYC; the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Mass.; Darkroom Gallery, Vermont; PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont; the Pennsylvania Center for Photography; the Southeast Center for Photography; the Midwest Center for Photography; “InVision” Juried Exhibition at the Banana Factory Arts Center, Bethlehem, Pa.; “FOCUS” juried photo exhibition at the Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, Md., the Allegany National Photography Competition, Cumberland, Md., the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Photographers’ Exhibition, Hagerstown, Md., the Annmarie Arts Center (a Smithsonian affiliate), Solomans, Md., and “PhotoNational” at the Lancaster, Pa., Museum of Art; and numerous solo and small group showings. He is also included in the Sante Fe Photo-Eye Gallery “Art Photo Index.”
He was a Spotlight Award Winner in the 2019 Black and White magazine 2019 Portfolio Contest. He was also a Black and White magazine 2018 Single Image Contest winner in three categories, including People’s Choice Award winner in the Digital Manipulation category. He was named a winner in two categories of Black and White magazine’s 2017 Single Issue Competition and was “spotlighted” in the October 2017 issue.
In 2015, he was named by BW Gallerist as one of the top ten “Best of the Best” Emerging Fine Art Photographers and was a top ten finisher in “The Photo Review” 2015 international contest.
He has received numerous awards and prizes in local and international competitions, including The Photo Review International Photography Competition; Black & White magazine; Photographer’s Forum magazine; the 2019 International Photography Awards; the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College; the Art Association of Harrisburg; The Susquehanna Art Museum; the Milton S. Hershey Museum and Gallery; Plein Air Camp Hill; and Photoworkshop.com.
His photos have been published in Black + White Photography (UK), Black & White, Street Photography Magazine, SHOTS, COLOR, Photographer’s Forum, and AfterCapture magazines, “The Washington Post”, and YourDailyPhotograph.com. He was awarded fourth place in the Photographer’s Forum magazine 2014 annual international competition which included over 10,000 entries and received a Merit Award in the Black & White 2014 portfolio contest. He was also a Gold Award winner in the March 2011 issue of COLOR Magazine’s single photo contest issue.
“Thinking Inside of the Box” By Vicki Bricker
“Thinking Inside of the Box” is a collection of colorful and playful “boxes of curiosity “. Using paper ephemera and random everyday objects from the past, each piece in the collection creates a unique vignette that reflects the artist’s curiosity and desire to discover what happens when unrelated images and elements are brought together inside the world of a box.
I like to think of my art pieces as “curious thoughts in a box”.
For me, making art is not a result of conscious decision-making as it is a compulsive need to create. It’s a drive to revisit that quiet internal space that allows me to let go of the rational and ordinary expectations of everyday life. Creating art gives me the freedom to be spontaneous, to explore and play with images and ideas, to express humor and curiosity, and through the process, to find a sense of fulfillment that exists nowhere else.
In my art, I employ elements of both assemblage and collage. I use paper images, small objects of various types and materials, and repurposed boxes and frames.
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