“Reality Revisited: Paintings and Drawings by Chris Mcdonel and Elizabeth Stempien”

The Council for the Arts of Chambersburg will present “Reality Revisited: Paintings and Drawings by Chris Mcdonel and Elizabeth Stempien” from May 31 – July 12 at its 159 South Main Street location.  The show will be on view Tuesday through Friday from 10 am – 2 pm, and on First Fridays June 7 and July 5, from 5-7 pm.  For more information, call 717-264-6883.

“I have always felt compelled to transport the viewer somewhere beyond the ordinary, to a place where magic exists….”, states Chris Mcdonel.  Chris’s work often involves surreal landscapes, mythological creatures and “other worldly” beings, and dream imagery. A 1985 graduate of WilsonCollege where she earned an interdisciplinary Bachelors degree in Creative Arts, with concentrations in Fine Art, Dance, and Theatre,  Chris has been an active member of Franklin County Art Alliance since 1981, serving as Secretary, Vice President, and a member of the Board of Directors. Her art has been displayed with the Franklin County Art Alliance, the Chambersburg Council for the Arts, in the Council’s juried Annual Exhibition of Miniature Art, and most recently at The Second Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Chris has worked variously as an Antiques Dealer, Trade Show Coordinator, Textile Artist and Designer, and as Artistic Director of DMT Studio, Inc., a small independent textile design firm, whose fabrics have been featured in House and Garden Magazine, and in fabric collections by Ethan Allen and others. In 2010 she earned a certificate for Advanced Composite Sketching qualifying for work as a Police Sketch Artist.  Chris is married and lives in Walnut Bottom Pa. with her husband of 16 years Jack, and 2 sons.

Elizabeth Stempien graduated from PennStateUniversity in 1982. Upon graduation, Elizabeth moved to London, England where she piloted the art program at the HampsteadInternationalSchool. While in London she exhibited her work at numerous galleries, including Burgh House and Tottenridge Gallery among others.  Elizabeth moved back to the US in 1988 and began teaching art at BesterElementary School in Hagerstown, MD.  She also taught at BoonsboroElementary School, WilsonCollege and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.  She continues to exhibit her work locally and in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  She obtained her MS degree in communications and journalism from ShippensburgUniversity.

The Council for the Arts displays the work of local artists in its CapitolTheatreCenter location at 159 South Main Street, Chambersburg. For more information, call the Council at 717-264-6883.