The MacDonald Room of the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University is presenting the exhibit, “Recent Landscapes,” by artist Thomas Stapleton of Mountain Top, from April 6 to June 7. An opening reception with light refreshments will be held for the public on Saturday, April 6 from 5-8 p.m. in the art gallery.
A 1974 graduate of Misericordia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art, Stapleton retired from the Wilkes-Barre Area School District after teaching art for 35 years. He also worked as a part-time instructor at King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia and East Stroudsburg University.
In 2009, he began to refocus his creative energies on his painting after retiring as a public school teacher. He attended the noted Studio Incamminati School for Contemporary Realist Art in Philadelphia, where he took a course in plein air landscape painting. He found the new approach to be exhilarating and fun.
“Now when I paint, I look for new ways of interpreting the landscape for me,’’ Stapleton said. “Tonal relationships, color temperature, atmospheric perspectives are visually more important to me.’’
Stapleton describes his painting style as somewhere between realism and impressionism, based upon his technical training in commercial art and the plein air approach he recently embraced. He will display 21 of his paintings during the exhibit.
“Now my paintings are more poetic – a silent music, the rhythms of nature are captured just as a dancer performs their routine,’’ he said, describing his artistry. “I try to capture light just as it appears at a given moment in time. The mood of a painting expresses the sights and sounds of nature or the sensations of the wind and sun, perhaps the aroma of the outdoors just as I experience them.
“It is an exciting new artistic approach for me, one that I plan to continue for a long time,’’ Stapleton added.
For more information about the MacDonald Room of the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University, visit www.misericordia.edu/art or call 570.674.6250. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats.