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Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts is no longer occupying the space at 224 Locust Street
in Columbia, PA. However, our studios are still located in the building. Access is by appointment
and by the studio artists' invitational open studio nights.
I am very honored to have been invited to show one painting and one photograph (below) in an international exhibition of artists and writers,
PEACEMAKING (PROJECT PEACE), that will open June 22 at Galerie Kerstan im Galerienhaus, Stuttgart, Germany.
There is a reception on June 23 and the exhibition will be in place until July 21, 2018. The participating artists and writers are:
To view the catalog on line, with images and statements, connect here:
Anne Phong | Chris Raschka | Claire Giblin | Helen Beekman | Helen Berggruen | Herb Weaver |
Leslie Kaufman | Lucio Pozzi | Michael Arrigo | Milt Friedly | Nina Buxenbaum | Sandy Brunvand |
Steven Rubin | Carolyn Forché | Daina Savage | David Kenley | Deanna Nikaido | E. Ethelbert Miller |
Jesse Waters | Julia Spicher Kasdorf | Lawrence Ferlinghetti | Leslie McGrath | Michael White | Romie Lie |
Scott Cairns | Taslima Nasreen Adam Way | Cooper Siegel | Georgia Grimm
Two photographs, Window Seat and Catskill Pond, both from the solo exhbition CAPTURED
at the Ware Center in December of 2016, have been selected by jurors: Julianna Foster and David Graham,
to be included in the exhibition PHOTOgraphy at the Philadelphia Sketch Club. The Opening reception
is Sunday June 24 from 2-4 pm. The Sketch club is at 235 S. Camac Street in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Sketch
Club is the oldest artist's club in America. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.
Six pieces were exhibited at a curated invitational exhibition, Spring Abstraction, at the Lore
Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA. They are Stripes, Violet, Magenta Precipice
Rust and Silver, Thus and No further, Siddhartha - The Birth of Blue I am honored to announce that
Siddhartha - The Birth of Blue is now part of the Permanent Collection at Susquehanna University
Adam Cast Forth
Jorge Luis Borges, The Self and the Other, 1964
The Garden was it real or was it dream?
Slow, in the hazy light, I have been asking,
Almost as a comfort, if the past
Belonging to this now unhappy Adam
Was nothing but a magic fantasy
Of that God I dreamed. Now it is imprecise
In memory, that lucid paradise,
But I know it exists and will persist
Though not for me. The unforgiving earth
Is my addiction, and the incestuous wars
Of Cains and Abels and their progeny.
Nevertheless, it means much to have loved
To have been happy, to have laid my hand on
The living Garden, even for one day.
Hubo un Jardin o fue el Jardin un suefio?
Lento en la vaga luz, me he preguntado.
Casi como un consuelo, si el pasado
De que esta Adan, hoy misero, era dueno,
No fue sino una magica impostura
De aquel Dios queasone. Ya es impreciso
En la memoria el claro Paraiso,
Pero yo se que existe y que perdura.
Aunque no para mi, La terca tierro
Es mi castigo y la incestuosa guerra
De Caines y Abeles y su cria.
Y, sin embargo, es mucho haber amado.
Haber sido feliz, haber tocado
El viviente Jardin, siquiera un dia.
Architect's Dream - Night Vision by C. Khali Ghari, December 15, 2015
This now is my mansion.
In the black dome of night sky
the moon is the oculus
surrounded by a million oculi of stars
Beneath the convex, surrounded by pine pillars and their
capitals, my body rests upon soft blue moss;
Dew drop crystals reflect and repeat the light above.
Sweetest scent and murmur of velvet night
immense in power
wraps me like a child and holds me near its beating heart so that i sleep in peace.
Til the pattering of tiny mice feet on the floor urge open my eyelids.
Breeze blows open the curtain
The dome is blue
life is everywhere.
I am honored that Summer Islands was selected for a group exhibition of Pennsylvania Artists hosted by Governor and Mrs. Tom Wolf
on view at the Governor's Residence, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2015.
This image was exhibited at Lancaster Museum of Art's "Trees Galore" exhibition and signed copies were sent as my 2015 New Year greeting.
To be...replaced was accepted to show, and received Second Place in "Other Media" at the Art Association of Harrisburg's 2013 84th International Juried Exhibition.
To Be Honest was selected to be exhibited in an exhibition, "Women Gazing Inward"
at the Ceres Gallery, Chelsea, New York City, NY, from January 5 - 30, 2016
This painting was created for "POP", the 2014 Demuth Museum invitational.
Visit the Demuth Museum on line for more information about the historic home of Charles Demuth and the museum's hours of operation, directions, exhibitions, etc.
Thus and no Further (Job 38:11) copyright 2007, 58" x 58",
acrylic on canvas, available
Lone Mountain, 2010, 24" x 24"
acrylic on paper Collection of Michael Green, Lebanon, PA
Siddhartha - The Birth of Blue
copyright 2004, diptych, 8 feet by 5 feet (total), acrylic on canvas
Permanent Collection of Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
At any time during the year works can be viewed at 110 East King Street, Lancaster, PA.,
in the building housing "La Botega", operated by Antonia Hinnenkamp, who, along with her husband, Larry Hinnenkamp, have
restored the historical building. There are also large scale works in place at the offices of Manning and Rommel Associates,
2115 Noll Drive (the Noll business Park adjacent to Stauffers on Rohrerstown Road) in Lancaster.
For information about their business hours, call 717-393-7980.
Atoll copyright 2009, 24" x 30",
acrylic oil pastel on paper collection of Paula Egidi, New York, New York
La Neige et L'hiver (sketch for triptych) copyright 2009
34" x 51", acrylic, ink, pigment, encaustic on canvas, collection of Tom Beeman, Lancaster, PA
Raising Lazarus copyright 2005, diptych, 60" high x 96" wide,
acrylic on canvas, available
I was invited to participate in the "Handprint Identity Project", a collaboration of poets and artists which has traveled since early in 2009. I worked with poet, Barbara Crooker, to develop related poetry and painting to be exhibited at the event. Barbara's poem, "Climbing the Jade Mountain", is responsible for the piece "Jade Mountain" above, and she is writing in response to "La Neige et l'hiver" (above), the sketch, and the large triptych, "La Neige et l'Hiver apportent la mort et fournissent la naissance du printemps". Blog entry, Painters and Poets discusses our collaboration:
To view Barbara's poems, please see her website: http://www.barbaracrooker.com
Testimony of Eve, copyright 2006, 28" x 28", acrylic, ink on paper
collection of Mary Burton, Lancaster, PA.
Guidebook Fragment copyright 2006, 38" x 28", acrylic, ink on paper
collection of Jess May, Lancaster, PA.
Encroachment - The Tiny Silos copyright 2009, 46" x 68", acrylic, oil pastel on canvas
Also in Spring of 2010, I participated in an exhibition, "Perspectives on Preservation" -
A celebration of Art & Poetry expressing Lancaster County Artists' perspectives on preserving our land,
resources, and culture. This is also a collaboration and I was happy to be working with Barbara Strasko,
poet laureate of Lancaster County. The piece Encroachment - the tiny silos, is in response to her poem
about Warren Rohrer, Lancaster native and artist.
The exhibition was held at The Keystone Art and Culture Center in Lancaster, PA.
Music and poetry readings by local poets and Lancaster School District student poets were the highlight of the event.
Bridge Across the Ashokan - Late Summer copyright 2009, 24" x 54", acrylic on canvas
collection of Joy and Frank Manning, Lancaster, PA
Last Winter (remembering Gus) copyright 2009, 18" x 16", acrylic, ink on vellum
collection of Tim and Mary Pat Donnellon, Lancaster, PA
Guidebook copyright 2009, 18" x 16", acrylic, ink on vellum
collection of Keith and Suzanne Orris, Lancaster, PA
Barbara's Field copyright 2009,
based upon a poem written by Barbara Strasko, former poet laureate of Lancaster County, PA
18" x 16", acrylic, ink, gold leaf on paper
collection of Mike and Elizabeth Todd-Lambert, Lancaster, PA
Design for Screen copyright 2009, 20" x 46", acrylic, ink, gold leaf on vellum
collection of Stefanie Valar and Ed Hauck, Lancaster, PA
Frozen Pass copyright 2009, 18" x 16", acrylic, ink on vellum
collection of Laura Watt, Philadelphia, PA
Harmony - The Lake and The Moon copyright 2009, 24" x 30", acrylic, ink on mylar mounted on paper
collection of Tom and Judy Willig, Lancaster, PA
Jade Mountain I copyright 2009, 18" x 16", acrylic, ink on vellum
Jade Mountain II copyright 2009, 18" x 16", acrylic, ink on vellum
Jade Mountain - Snow copyright 2009, 18" x 16", acrylic, ink on vellum
Influence copyright 2007, 24" x 38" (framed), acrylic on mylar mounted on board
collection of Graeson Burnette-Peake, Philadelphia, PA
Violet copyright 2008, 60" x 48", acrylic, ink on canvas
The Lost Year copyright 2007, 59" x 39", acrylic on canvas
collection of Mrs. Nancy Daffin, Lancaster, PA
Evidence of Occupation copyright 2009, 20"H x 7" W x 4" deep,
found wood, recycled paint and findings
Bound copyright 2009, 16"H x 7" W x 4" deep
found wood, recycled paint, dental floss, chicken feather and findings
"Evidence of Occupation" and "Bound" are found wood and recycled paints,
pearls and findings and were selected by juror, Linda Cunningham for exhibition,
"SALVAGE - Reclaiming Recycling", a national juried exhibition held at The Phillips Museum of Art
at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, in September through December of 2009.
Street Siren, from the series, "Solo Road" - 2008 Claire Giblin, silver gelatin print, 20" x 24"
"Solo Road" is a series of 11 photographs (silver-gelatin prints). The photos were taken with a Holga camera and printed on fiber based paper. Taken over a two week period of time in Lancaster, New York City and back in Millersville, my home, the series explores the variations in landscape and the magic of the Holga all plastic, fixed lens, filled with light leaks, camera. This series of photographs were first shown at a solo exhibition at Southwest Minnesota State University (2009) and again at a solo exhibition, CAPTURED, in 2015 at the Ware Center of Millersville University, Downtown, in Lancaster, PA. This series is available for exhibition and consignment. Individual prints, unframed are also available.
For information about purchase of this and the entire portfolio of silver gelatin prints, I will send thumbnail images of the series; please contact me at email@example.com
Inevitable, copyright 2015, addition to the series, "Solo Road" - 2008 Claire Giblin,
archival digital print, 24" x 20" available
Inevitable was exhibited in the invitational figure show held at the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts in May and June of 2015. I showed it together with Street Siren, above, to indicate the inevitable: in 2009, the statue stood alone on the diamond plate dock of a New York City architectural salvage dealer. In 2015, she was scheduled to be auctioned together with several other like her, including a merman. I was moved to take the snapshot (with iPhone) of the grouping. They seemed to be part of a drama -- Merman coming along, an "other" mermaid, the tension now created by two other figures. This, too, seemed inevitable. And now, when you visit that downtown loading dock, there will be no siren, no mermaid, to lure you into her spell. sigh.
The Acolyte copyright 2007, 60" x 48", acrylic on canvas
collection of Adrian Hennessey, Syracuse, New York
Monastery copyright 2005, 60" x 96", acrylic on canvas
collection of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Morgan, Lancaster, PA
Rising-Receding copyright 2007, 45" x 48", acrylic on canvas
available and on loan and exhibition at WARE Center, Lancaster, PA
Won't Stop, copyright 2007, 32" x 23", acrylic, ink, encaustic.
collection of Roberta McClintock, New York, New York
Journey copyright 2005, 24" x 60", acrylic, mica on canvas
collection of Bruce and Janice Goldstein, Philadelphia, PA
Heart is Sacred copyright 2007, ink on vellum under glass,
Toward Evening copyright 2007, 26" x 38", acrylic on paper, collection of Elena Casaccio and Rob Kostur, Philadelphia, PA
Lost in Translation copyright 2006, 37" x 37", acrylic on mylar
collection of Rod Firestone, Harrisburg PA
Mediator copyright 2006, 16.5" x 26", acrylic on paper
collection of George and Jan Broske, Newark, Delaware
Rest copyright 2005, 5 feet by 4 feet, acrylic on canvas
collection of Kathy and David Bowles, Fort Washington, PA
The Lancaster Arts Hotel is located in Lancaster City (300 Harrisburg Avenue). This luxury boutique hotel, with beautiful, art-filled, lobby, is a museum you can sleep in! The Arts Hotel features artwork, sculpture, and a fine art gallery and a world class restaurant with the freshest local produce and meats. There are 63 guest rooms and suites, two meeting rooms, wireless and wired internet access, a free business center, fitness center, laundry services, whirlpools in suites, etc. There is also free parking. I am very pleased to have a suite (Room Number 503) with my original artwork as well as a self-portrait in the portrait gallery. For reservations call: 717.299.3000 (toll free: 866.720.2787). You may also visit the website at: www.lancasterartshotel.com .
Currently, the works on display in the Giblin Suite 503 are: "Love - No Barrier", "Wisdom - good, beautiful and true",
"Tormentosa" and "Fetish".
Love - No Barrier (what barrier is there that love cannot break? M. Gandhi copyright 2005,
50" x 72", acrylic on canvas
collection of The Arts Hotel (suite 503), Lancaster, PA
Tormentosa copyright 2006, 24" x 36", acrylic on paper
collection of The Arts Hotel (suite 503), Lancaster, PA
Protectorate copyright 200740" x 30", acrylic on canvas
collection of Janice and Bruce Goldstein, Plymouth Meeting, Pa
Charting the Harbor copyright 2006, 18" x 24", acrylic, pigment, ink and encaustic on paper
collection of Steve and Kathy Borkgren, Lancaster, Pa
Illuminated Text, 2006, 12" x 12" acrylic on canvas
collection of Heather Heilman-Loercher, Lancaster, Pa
Record of Time Passing copyright 2007, 40" x 60", acrylic on canvas
collection of Dr. and Mrs. Steve Morgan, Lancaster, Pa
Martyrdom of St.Joan copyright 2005, 36" x 25", acrylic on canvas
collection of James Albrecht and Alena Villani, Philadelphia, Pa
Sphinx copyright 2005, 6 feet by 7 feet, acrylic on canvas
collection of Kathy and David Bowles, Fort Washington, Pa
Peace copyright 2005, acrylic on mylar,
one of a series of four paintings painted for ArtPoint Black invitational exhibition, Florence, Italy in 2005
collection of John Ground, Lancaster, PA
Back to the Garden copyright 2005, 5 feet by 8 feet, acrylic on canvas
available at Manning and Rommel Associates, Lancaster, PA
Visitation copyright 2005, 40" x 30", acrylic on canvas
collection of Elena Casacio and Robert John Kostur, Glenside, PA
We said Goodbye on a Corner in Once (Jorge Luis Borges) copyright 2005, 30" x 40", acrylic on canvas
collection of Mike and Vicki McCarty, Lancaster, PA
Road to the Ashram - Big Indian, NY copyright 2005
50" x 51", acrylic on canvas
collection of Robert and Michelle Campbell, Lancaster, PA
Second Chamber copyright 20055,
2 feet by 7.5 feet, acrylic on canvas
damaged (not currently available)
Asia copyright 2004, 30" x 30", acrylic on canvas
Collection of Drake Nicholas, Esq., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
(created for the Alice Drum Women's Center 10th Anniversary Celebration, March 28, 2003)
copyright 2003, 42" x 18", acrylic and collage on plywood
Collection of the Women's Center, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
Labyrinthine Soul, copyright 2002, acrylic on paper, 24" x 14",
collection of Mr. and Mrs. Art Pavlatos, Lancaster, Pa\
Passage to the New World, copyright 2002, acrylic on acrylic 37" x 29".
collection of Robin Walsh Wise, Lancaster, Pa
Mystique, copyright 2001, acrylic on paper
collection of Jason Adams, Harrisburg, PA
Shrine of the Sea Turtle, copyright 2001, acrylic on canvas. 24" x 36".
collection of Drake Nicholas, Esq., Harrisburg, PA
Walking Down West 4th Street, 2001, acrylic on paper
, in a private collection
In Search of Avalon, copyright 2002, acrylic on paper 26" x 38".
collection of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Morgan, Lancaster, PA
Distant Hills, copyright 2001, acrylic on canvas, 38" x 36"
collection of Jason Adams, Harrisburg, PA
Shattered Sky, copyright 2001, acrylic on canvas. 49" x 32"
collection of George and Jan Broske, Newark, Delaware
(Creeping) In the Garden at Night, copyright 2001, acrylic on canvas
Created for the Yellow Wallpaper project, July, 2001
collection of Marianne Milianta and Robert Creason, Harrisburg, PA
Out of Chaos, 2000, acrylic, oil, watercolor on paper.
collection of Steve and Andrea Morgan, Lancaster PA
I will continue to update this page with new images and exhibit information. In the meanwhile, please keep in touch and return occasionally to see what might be new for you. As always, I will be happy to show you new work by e-mail or on this page, if you are interested. Please let me have your comments. Thank you, again for your interest and for visiting.
Claire Giblin was born in New York City. As a child, she was tutored in studio techniques by her uncle, Western artist and historian, Vincent Mercaldo, and began creating artwork at a very young age. She continued to study fine art independently, attending life sketching, painting and art history courses in New York City at F.I.T. and in Pennsylvania at Lebanon Valley College, Millersville University and Franklin & Marshall College. She combines mediums, using acrylic, watercolor, oils, pencil, ink, encaustic and pastels on paper and canvas. Her paintings have won awards and acclaim by jurors and critics and are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. The artist donates 10% of all proceeds from the sale of her artwork to charities which support the homeless, including The Bowery Mission in New York City and the Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where life was never easy. My alcoholic father left our home when I was five years old. He lived on the subways and streets and eventually died in New York City's Bowery section. At a very young age I began to draw. Creative expression was the means by which I was able to survive severe depression as a child and, later, as an adult, I was able to endure many hardships because of the transportation of life to art which I practiced. I created out of frustration and fear and pain and the desire to escape what was too overwhelming to understand. I always believed I could transcend those subjective motivations to create art that is an expression of beauty and peace.
The power of art substantiates its value in society. The premise that thoughts and emotions transcribed into visual images can affect behavior, fascinates me. The slightest suggestive response gleaned from a painting can trigger narratives of historical and contemporary events or generate feelings of pure visual excitement, social consciousness, movement and ecstasy. This points to the purpose of art -- its enormous inherent power to influence an individual, or entire civilizations. As someone who makes art, my vocation is to see things differently and to present things that might lead to open conversation and understanding. Unspoken communication is a passage to enlightenment and peace, and this is the thrust of my commitment as an artist.
. 2017 - Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
. 2013, Second Place, "Other Media", Art Association of Harrisburg
84th International Exhibition
. 2011, First Prize, Women's Expressions Invitational Exhibition, Womens and Babies Hospital, Lancaster, PA
. "Best in PA" - 2005 yearbook of Pennsylvania's Best Artists - Honorable Mention
. Business 2 Business Magazine's 2005 "Hottest Artists" - Top 10 Mixed Media artists
. Best of Show - Grand Prize - Hanover Art Fest '96, Ashland, Virginia - "Reflections-Morning"; judges: Shelly B. Sheperd, Hand Workshop Art Center; Mary Holland, VA Museum of Fine Arts.
. National Award Winner - Grand Prize - "Art Contest of the Month", NAOFA (National Appreciation of Fine Artists), November, 2000, "Field of Green", Cover for Month of November
. First Prize - Lancaster County Art Association 2003 Spring Membership Show\ . Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award, 2002Jack Richeson & Co. Award, Philadelphia Tri-State Artists Equity, 2010
Award in Memory of Elaine Alber, Philadelphia Tri-State Artists Equity, 2007
. Pearl Paint Award, Philadelphia Tri-State Artists Equity 2008 "In Search of Ourselves", Moe Brooker, Juror
. Judges' Choice Award, 28th Annual Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show, Mt. Gretna, Pa, 2002
. Jack Richeson Award, Philadelphia Tri-State Artists Equity, 2010 Anniversary Exhibition
. Judges' Choice Award, 29th Annual Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show, Mt. Gretna, Pa, 2003
. Second Place, 84th Annual International Juried Show, Art Association of Harrisburg
. Second Place, 34th Annual Lititz Outdoor Art Show, 2000
. Second Place, 29th Annual Juried Exhibition, York Art Association, York, PA, 1999
. Second Place, 31st Annual Lititz Outdoor Art Show, 1997
. Silver Award: Open Competition and Exhibition, Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, PA - May 12-June 17, 1997
. Third Place, September 2001, 2nd annual Landis Woods Invitational Outdoor Art Show, Neffsville, Pennsylvania
. Third Place, "Unbound (Prometheus)", September, 2001, 13th Annual Festival of the Arts, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
. Third Place, 1st Annual Landis Woods Outdoor Art Show, 2000
. Honorable Mention, 15th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
. Honorable Mention, 17th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
. Judge's Award, 2nd Annual Outdoor Art Show, LCAA, 1999, Dr. Leo Mazow
. Judges' Award, 32nd Annual Lititz Outdoor Art Show, 1998
. Honorable Mention, 1997 "Crabbie Awards", Art Calendar Magazine
. Honorable Mention, 3rd National Juried Art Exhibition, Highland Cultural Center, Highland, New York, 1996; juror: Deborah Goldberg, Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
. Invitation - 7th Annual Pocono Manor Fine Art Show, 1996; judges: Ward Jackson, R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC; Fred Brenner; Frances Kelly; Daly Flanagan, MOCA, Los Angeles.
. Solo Invitational Exhibition -Temple Beth Or Gallery, Spring House, PA, 1998
Schedule of Exhibitions 2018:
.February 2 - 25 - Demuth Museum Invitational .May 3 - May 25, Echo Valley Art Group annual exhibition, Lancaster Galleries, Lancaster, PA
.June 13 - July 18 - PHOTOgraphy exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
.June 22 - July 21, PEACEMAKING, American-European exchange of art and writing, Gelerie Kerstan, Stuttgart, Germany
.July 6 - August 16 - 56th Annual Community Art Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
Schedule of Exhibitions 2017:
.January "Abstractly Speaking", Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, PA
.January solo exhibition of photographs - 1970s to 2016, The Ware Center, Lancaster, PA
.January - April - The Steam Gallery at North Museum, Lancaster, PA (all sales of my work benefit two MS victims)
.February 4 - 26, 2017 Invitational Exhibition, Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA
.May 1 -31, Echo Valley Art Group Annual exhibition, the WARE Center, Lancaster, PA
.September 2017 - Summer 2018 - Project Peace: An American and European Exchange of Art and Writings, US and Germany
.November 9, 19th Annual Demuth Museum Auction .Spring - SCCA, Columbia, PA - Landscapes.
EXHIBITION INFORMATION FROM 2002 to 2016
Claire contributes at least 10% of all income from the sale of her artwork to charities which support the homeless, including:
For your interest and enjoyment, visit the following blogs: "Out There" is literary giant, Jeff Weinstein's, witty, interesting and insight/insightful media blog. Updated often, visit Out There and, you will also enjoy reading the art diary of the late artist, critic, and architect, John Perrault, "Artopia", which is also available as a podcast. Jeff happens to be a classmate from high school and John was his partner of many years. Both blogs are excellent and refreshingly readable....Enjoy!
Changes last made on: Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 6:41 am website created and maintained by Claire Giblin since 1995