6 Local GLBT Community Artists Featured in the PDN Benefit Art Show at Gabellini Design:

Elizabeth Patterson

Nationally known artist Elizabeth Patterson will be exhibiting limited edition signed prints of her original colored pencil drawings.

Originally from Gettysburg Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Patterson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and relocated to the Los Angeles area in 1979. Since early childhood, she has worked in numerous mediums with a strong proclivity for graphite and color pencil rendering.

In 1986, Patterson traveled to Hawaii where she discovered the magnificence of the undersea world and its resident creatures that inspired the artist to resurrect her art career after a thirteen-year hibernation. Patterson continues to expand her subject matter in her chosen medium of color pencil. Her widely collected work has won critical acclaim and numerous awards including the prestigious honor of signature status in the Color Pencil Society of America.

Her work was the subject of a major article in the Advocate magazine in 2005. She had work in PA Diversity Network’s Holiday Art Show in 2006.

Dianne Poindexter
Dianne Poindexter brings to the show oil paintings from her latest series featuring vivid imagery of the Amalfi Coast highlighting the rich and vibrant colors of the Mediterranean Sea.

Dianne Poindexter is a painter who creates large scale colorful works that include oils, acrylics and pen and ink washes. Her paintings are realistic and the technique she adds to the surface recalls translucent layers of glazed colors.

Poindexter's work has been shown throughout the country & can be found in several private & corporate collections. She received the Outstanding Community Service Award in the Lehigh Valley for a Mural donated to the Children's Center at Crime Victims Council & a scholarship from Art Forms Gallery in Manyunk, PA.

Poindexter is originally from Arizona and moved to Philadelphia, PA., to attend Moore College of Art & Design graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting & Sculpture. She now works and resides in Bethlehem, PA.

Rafael Canizares
Rafael Canizares makes hand-coiled clay vessels. His work for this show is part of a new series.

Rafael Canizares is a ceramics sculptor who has been featured in a variety of major shows and collections. He had a solo show of his hand built bottle sculptures at the Allentown Art Museum in 2003. His work in that show were bottles as large of six feet and as small as six inches with patterned surface decorations.

Canizares holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He lives in Allentown and maintains a studio in the Silkwerks building.

Peter Lewnes
Peter Lewnes brings to the show glass pieces created in the swedish technique of graal which uses different color overlays that are sandblasted and further hotworked.

Peter Lewnes, originally from Jersey City, NJ primarily uses glass as a medium. He is interested mostly in glass blowing and mosaic created with stained glass. Having moved into Allentown three years ago, his focus is in setting up studio/gallery space in center city and supporting the local arts community.

Liz Bradbury
Liz Bradbury will be presenting a new series of box framed erotic images with assemblage found-object elements.

Liz Bradbury has worked in a variety of media over the last thirty years, including drawing, woodworking and neon glass sculptures. Her prize winning art works have been exhibited in venues throughout the country, including juried, group and solo shows. Her recent works deals with handcolored altered nude images from original photographs and vintage or antique prints.

Bradbury holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in from the Maryland Institute of Art and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana State University. She had work in PA Diversity Network’s Holiday Art Show in 2005 and 2006.

Karl Howard
Karl Howard creates representational and nonrepresentational wire sculpture, occasionally using found objects to enhance forms.

Nationally known wire sculptor Karl Howard has been making and exhibiting his wire form sculptures for over 30 years. His work has been featured in many shows and galleries. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art from 1964 to 1968. Howard lives in Bethlehem.

He had work in PA Diversity Network’s Holiday Art Show in 2005 and 2006.