"All Patched Up" exhibit examines humanity through the damages we incur and the repairs we attempt

"All Patched Up" exhibit examines humanity through the damages we incur and the repairs we attempt

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Painter Greg McLemore’s exhibit, “All Patched Up” explores the concept that humans are in a constant state of sustaining damage, and that they are also constantly striving to maintain a state of repair. The exhibition will be featured in the Lycoming College Art Gallery from Oct. 20 - Nov. 18. A reception will be held Oct. 20 from 4-8 p.m., with a talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

According to McLemore, “The paintings are about how life chips away at our bodies, at our structures, at our goals, and how we try, at varying levels, to negotiate, to fight back.”

McLemore uses Realism as a foundation to explore the mysterious, tragic and sometimes comical parts of life. His paintings range in subjects, from highly detailed city landscapes to whimsical, surreal narratives. The paintings, as stated by McLemore, are bound together by stitches, plaster, mortar, staples, glue, nails and whatever else it takes to hold things together — and much like us, they are “All Patched Up.”

McLemore was awarded an Individual Artist Grant by the Maryland State Arts Council in 2016, and was a semifinalist for the 2016 Sondheim Prize. He is exhibiting his work regionally and nationally, and is currently an adjunct professor of art at multiple institutions in and around Baltimore, Md.

He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina Asheville, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona.

The Lycoming College Art Gallery, located in downtown Williamsport at 25 W. Fourth St., contributes to the city’s arts culture and provides a way for the College to become more involved with the community surrounding it. Lycoming art students have the opportunity to interact with visiting artists, as well as learn first-hand the inner workings of a gallery.

The Lycoming College Art Gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4-8 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. For more information, please visit the gallery online at https://www.lycoming.edu/art/gallery.html or send an email to dirocco@lycoming.edu.

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