The original and uniquely beautiful works of Central Pennsylvania artists Dave and Deb Stabley will be showcased at The Station Gallery September 30 through October 23.
This show – the fourth of the 2016 Invitational Artist Series – will open with a reception on Friday, September 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Station Gallery, 2 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven – where folks will have an opportunity to get a close up look at the intricate, colorful and evocative ceramic pieces and paintings made by the couple.
Deb and Dave have worked full-time as artists since they formed their business, Creative Clay Works, in 1984. For 16 years, they worked out of the studio at their home near Bloomsburg. Over the course of their careers, they have sold their works nationwide through galleries and craft shops on a wholesale basis, as well as in juried gallery shows. They have also participated in numerous arts and craft fairs where they sell their work. In addition, the Stableys have taught many workshops from elementary to university level, are featured in numerous books and magazines and are involved in art activities in their local community, including their membership in Artspace, a cooperative art gallery in Bloomsburg.
Deb and Dave have gone through many artistic changes over the years, as they explore and experiment with new directions, according to their website. Recently, their work has focused on clay work.
In 2014, the couple opened up The Clay Studio at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, where they share their own work while encouraging others to express themselves through clay. The Clay Studio is a part of Pajama Factory's nonprofit organization Factory Works, which also encompasses Woodshop, Darkroom and Bicycle Recycle.
Both Deb and Dave are employed as art professors at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport.
Dave, born in Lancaster, earned his Bachelor of Art degree from Millersville University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, focusing on ceramics. His teaching experience includes workshops for elementary through high school students to a graduate assistantship, and being an art school owner and instructor, and more. He has been featured in various publications and earned various awards for his work.
Deb was born in Ambler, Pa., and went on to earn her Bachelor of Art degree in art education from Millersville University. She, too, went on to earn a Master’s degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, although she studied Curriculum and Instruction.
Deb also has taught various art workshops and classes for folks of all ages. She shows her work across the country, largely in the Midwest and Northeast, and has participated in dozens of group shows, from Pennsylvania to Oregon, to Tennessee. She has served as joint coordinator for the Artists’ Studio T our in Bloomsburg, and earned 1st Place- Excellence in Crafts at the Bruce Museum Show, Greenwich, Conn.; 1st in Crafts at the Fine Arts Fiesta, Wilkes-Barre in 2010; and more.
Deb and Dave have served as a board members and co-directors for Ceramics Center—the Center for Creativity.
Don’t miss a chance to see their work up close and personal, while being able to enjoy light snacks and refreshments and the company of other art admirers from the community Friday, September 30 from 6-9 p.m. Other artists whose work was exhibited this year as part of the 2016 Invitational Artist Series were painters Brienne Brown and Patricia Neely; photographer Steven Rubin and local woodcraftsman Tom Svec.
The fifth and final exhibit of the series, which spans parts of October and November, will showcase the works of printmaker Chad Andrews.