Boyer Gallery Ex­hibit: ‘Penn­syl­va­nia Made of Steel’

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Denise A. Spatarella

The Hill School’s Boyer Gallery next ex­hi­bi­tion “Penn­syl­va­nia Made of Steel” runs March 23 through May 4. The show fea­tures paint­ings by the late Klaus Grutzka and steel sculp­tures by Karen De­laney, David Haines and Ka­tee Boyle. An open­ing re­cep­tion will be held in the Gallery on Fri­day, March 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests may view the ex­hibit Mon­day through Fri­day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Satur­day and Sun­day hours by ap­point­ment.

Klaus Grutzka, an artist with a unique tal­ent and a deep pas­sion for de­pict­ing the steel mills of Penn­syl­va­nia in his work, was born in Ger­many in 1923 to Pol­ish par­ents. He was a Ger­man Naval of­fi­cer and later stud­ied art at the Muthe­sius Werkschule in Kiel. In 1963, Grutzka and his wife moved to New York City. His artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties with schools and com­pa­nies in the U.S. even­tu­ally lead him to Pottstown, where, in 1982, he be­came an in­struc­tor of fine arts and artist-in-res­i­dence at The Hill. Dur­ing his time at The Hill, he en­joyed the di­verse stu­dent body and strove to broaden each stu­dent’s world view through art. While not teach­ing, he pur­sued his own art in­ter­ests which in­cluded sketch­ing and paint­ing the in­dus­trial sites at Lukens and Beth­le­hem Steel com­pa­nies, among oth­ers in Penn­syl­va­nia.

Karen De­laney of West Ch­ester, David Haines of Get­tys­burg, and Ka­tee Boyle of Ken­nett Square are Penn­syl­va­nia artists who work in steel. Like Grutzka, they have a pas­sion for the ma­te­rial and each ap­proaches it in dis­tinc­tively per­sonal ways. “Penn­syl­va­nia Made of Steel” in­cludes a va­ri­ety sculp­tures; grand and small, sleek and textured, mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine, ab­stract and rep­re­sen­ta­tional.

“Penn­syl­va­nia Made of Steel,” hosted by The Boyer Gallery/The Hill School and cu­rated by Karen De­laney, is in its sec­ond ren­di­tion, the first dis­played at the Henry Gallery, Penn State Great Val­ley, Malvern, Pa., in 2014.


“Penn­syl­va­nia Made of Steel” pro­mo­tional post­card.

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