If you have been to the Noxen Historical Community Building, you may have seen the work of wildlife artist Charles J. Kovalick. You may also have seen him teaching classes there, inspiring others to try their hand at painting. Some of his paintings of local wildlife will be on display in the Dietrich Theater’s Earnshaw Gallery. Open to the public during movie showings or by appointment, the exhibit will be on display until Nov. 15.
Kovalick, known as Chuck, paints primarily in two mediums, oil and acrylic, oil being his medium of choice. Wildlife is his main subject matter, but on display are other scenes of local interest such as the Grassy Ridge farm stand and the Noxen Historical Community Building, the renovated Noxen Schoolhouse. In addition, he builds his own frames out of weathered barn wood.
Kovalick enjoys painting scenes that people might miss when they are in the great outdoors. He wants anyone looking at one of his paintings to feel like they could just reach out and touch the animal he has painted. At the Dietrich, viewers can see the fine details of the hair on a bobcat or look right into the eyes of a wolf. Every detail of the antlers of a buck is depicted in a painting that shows a buck in the middle of a Noxen cotton field.
Kovalick is mainly self-taught, but credits Bob Cray, teacher at Luzerne County Community College, with helping him refine his technique.
His favorite thing to do is donate his time and talent to teaching those eager to learn. In the spring and fall, he teaches 10-week classes at the Noxen Historical Community Building, and the proceeds are donated to an art fund from which a student is sent to take art classes at Luzerne County Community College.
More of his work can be seen in Noxen at the Community Building when the library and Clothes Closet are open. They are also available for showing by appointment. For more information, search Charles J. Kovalick Wildlife Art on Facebook.
For information about the Dietrich Theater exhibit, call (570) 996-1500.