New Works by Linda Benton McCloskey to Open 6/6 at Ware Center
The Ware Center | Millersville University presents new works by noted Harrisburg-based artist Linda Benton McCloskey. The exhibit opens for the public on Friday, June 6th, 6-8 p.m. The exhibit is free and the artist will be in attendance. The show will run through Sunday, June 29th, open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and during Ware Center performances.
Benton McCloskey has won hundreds of awards, including from such notable institutions as the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Annual Members Show; International Society of Experimental Artists; Pittsburgh Watercolor Society; International Society of Acrylic Painters; Lancaster County Art Association; Keystone Juried National Works on Paper; York Art Association; Art Center of Mechanicsburg; Art Association of Harrisburg; Susquehanna Arts Society; and Silver & Gold Magazine.
Her artwork has been published in International Contemporary Artists, Vol. IV; A Walk Into Abstracts, Vol. 3; Harrisburg Magazine; The Creative Edge, by Mary Todd Beam; Central PA Magazine; Watercolor Magic magazine; and she has been a featured artist for the Allied Arts Council of Central PA, Billboards & Brochure, and in Business Magazines, where she was named "One of 8 Hottest Artists."
Her art is influenced by the impulsive approach of the Abstract expressionists Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, and Hans Hofmann.
Of her own process, the artist says:
"A new work is begun without a preconceived outcome in mind. I simply begin painting and then intuition, love, desire, and experience take over. In this dream-like state, I give way to the process. Eventually I begin to see and respond to shapes, forms, and movements. Later, they are developed further ... regardless of the result, the painting takes me to a new and unexpected destination."
After changing careers and researching family history, Benton McCloskey discovered that American Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton (b. 1889) was her great-uncle. She studied under international artists such as Gerald Brommer, Steven Aimone, and Katherine Chang Liu. She is a member of regional, national and international groups and has achieved signature status with the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and nautilus status with International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA).
For more information, please visit her website: www.LindaBentonMcCloskey.com.