The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce the return of local favorites Steve and Rita Bower for a Main Gallery exhibit titled “Finding the Right Word.” This exhibit will include new acrylic paintings, monoprints, clay sculptures, altered books, drawings, and mixed media pieces from the couple. The artists say, “We have new pieces of art that tell something about our inner journey in expressing ourselves.  The mediums speak to us in voices that lead us to the new destinations. We hope to share these ‘travels’ with friends and family.” The exhibit will open on Saturday, September 9th with a reception from 2-4PM. The reception is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. Steve and Rita hope to see many old friends and students at the reception.

Steve and Rita Bower both attended Mansfield University earning B.S. and Master’s Degrees in Art Education.  Rita Bower taught art for thirty-five years in the Southern Tioga School District. Rita loves using a variety of art mediums and techniques to express herself in her art-making. She draws inspiration from traveling, study, sharing ideas, and the connectedness of these in everyday living. Rita participates in juried, group and individual shows, as well as teaching student and adult art classes. She loves to learn by doing and to see what the materials around her want to become.

Both Rita and Steve are now retired from teaching full time and together they have continued to create and exhibit their artwork professionally. Steve worked in different school districts, including Southern Tioga. From 2001 to 2008, Steve also served as an adjunct professor at Mansfield University teaching Drawing and Water Base Media. Steve worked successfully as a professional artist for fifteen years, exhibiting his paintings in the American Watercolor Society as well as numerous national and regional exhibitions. In recent years, Steve turned his attention to creating ceramic and steel sculptures and acrylic paintings. Steve considers his career to be a long and consistent pursuit of excellence and the drive to explore and take risks.

This display is appropriate for all ages, and there will be a scavenger hunt activity for children. The Gmeiner is located at 134 Main Street, Wellsboro, behind the Green Free Library. We are open from 12-6PM Tuesday through Sunday and admission to the gallery is always free.