An art gallery in Carbondale is shutting down this summer with back-to-back shows featuring married artists.
The Chamber Gallery, located in the foyer of the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Building at 27 N. Main Street, opened in late June for artist Dennis Corrigan. His show, titled The Last and Only One Man Show – The Art of Dennis Corrigan, will run through the end of July. An opening reception for the Donna Corrigan art exhibition will be held on August 13th. The couple reside in Waverly Twp.
The gallery, which has been in the chamber building for about 18 years, is a place where artists can take center stage, according to gallery director Ruthanne Jones. A resident of Carbondale since 2008, she is honored to revitalize the town’s artistic spirit by providing a space for the showcase of all types of local art.
Dennis Corrigan, 78, said his interest in art grew as he began learning more about it.
“When I was younger, I wasn’t that good at anything other than art, so it kind of just sort of worked out,” he said.
This interest led him to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Philadelphia College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He has worked as an illustrator for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, and as an adjunct professor at the Philadelphia College of Art and Marywood University.
Dennis Corrigan’s art and illustration style is known for its distinct, cartoonish surrealism. His greatest inspirations include the artistic work of NC Wyeth, Norman Rockwell and Hieronymus Bosch; He’s also heavily inspired by MAD Magazine, particularly the whimsical style of MAD illustrator Wally Wool.
He has works in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress, and in private collections. He also teaches various classes and is currently a professor at Marywood University.
He integrates the styles of his inspirations in a contemporary way, creating unique, often abstract artworks that can appeal to whim and humor as well as primal fears.
“Everyone sees what they reflect on about themselves,” said Dennis Corrigan. “It’s actually a mirror. This is art.”
In August, the gallery is showing the work of Donna Corrigan, 66, who works in painting, illustration, photography and architecture and is a successful writer and educator.
“I work in a variety of mediums and genres,” she says. “In photography I strive to make the world invisible to the casual observer. In painting I try to use the ethereal and evocative properties of color. Writing is a way for me to share these observations with others.”
Like her husband, she had a successful career as an illustrator for various publishers, including Hearst International, Walker Books, and Philadelphia Magazine. She also taught several art classes at Marywood University and the Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art for 10 years. In addition, she completed approximately 35 paintings as part of her Moodscape series in 2011.
She began her writing career in 1986 with historical newsletters, textbooks, and art reviews. She eventually went down the path of publishing her own books, including Lactose-Free Cookbook and Guide to a Dairy-Free Life, The Art of Gardening, From the Frying Pan, A Memoir, and several discussion books, and presents her husband’s artwork.
Donna Corrigan also discovered her passion for architectural restoration. She has restored 10 historic homes and advised on over 50 properties in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. She has made particular strides in architectural renovation in Wayne County.
She sees her diverse talents and abilities as different facets of art.
“Regardless of genre or medium, for me a work is only complete when it appeals to all the senses and represents not one thing but all things,” said Donna Corrigan.
Jones is honored that these two incredible artists are exhibiting their work at the Chamber Gallery this summer and she invites people to experience their art to the fullest.
“Everyone knows The Chamber Gallery,” says Jones, “but it’s the artists who make the gallery.”
Visit the Chamber Gallery on Facebook for more information. You can visit the gallery from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.