Mary Beth Wiseman and Mark Messenger
Mary Beth Wiseman attributes her artistic inspiration to the beauty
she finds in nature. She haunts the trails along Spring Creek near
Bellefonte, capturing her observations with her camera. Once home, she
translates the photos into portraits by hand carving her subjects into
rough wooden planks, using a variety of chisels, gouges, and planes.
The bas-relief carvings are then painted with acrylics. This technique
produces a stunning dimensional effect in the final piece. Mary Beth
hopes that her works will foster a greater appreciation and awareness
of the amazing creatures and environment that we all share.
Mark has been creating and selling art and ceramics for over 30 years.
With a B.A. In Visual Arts concentrating in ceramics and printmaking
and a MFA in Sculpture, Mark enjoys making art in many mediums. His
work at the Gallery Shop in Lemont is functional Stoneware and