Branches Become Mini Art Galleries


Four Family Trust branches have an art show going on thanks to paintings on loan from the Catawba River Art Guild.

Nines pieces from four artists can be found in branches on Albright and Ebenezer roads, White Street and in York. The pieces will be on loan through December and are available for purchase.

Artwork ranges from abstracts in bold colors to watercolors, oils and photography.

“This is a great partnership for Family Trust and the art guild,” said Tavis Johnson, Family Trust securities and facilities manager. “It provides original artwork for our members to enjoy while giving exposure to the artists.”

The Catawba River Art Guild was formed in 2008 to support, encourage, and inspire art and artists. The guild, which has 50 members, welcomes all skill levels and media. Members contribute their work to fundraisers and have conducted workshops and art-related activities for children and adults.

Yorkphoto web Gerry King is a member of several photography groups and the Arts Council of York County, and the McColl Center for the Arts. The winner of the ArtPopCLT 2017, her photo “Magnolia with Bee” was featured on an I-77 billboard and will be seen on other area billboards during the year.

Tinamoreart webBetsy Parke studied painting and sculpture at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she worked for 20 years. She also attended classes and workshops with a variety of artists. For many years, she focused on portraiture and recently is painting the outdoors. Betsy and her husband moved to York in 2009, and she currently studies oil painting at Butler Studio in Gastonia.

Bradley Sabelli, president of the Catawba River Art Guild, holds several degrees including a Doctor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts. He is Professor Emeritus at George Washington University, where he held many jobs including chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. He developed the Master of Fine Arts degree program in the disciplines of stage design, costume design, lighting design and museum exhibition design. He has designed scenery, costumes, and lighting for more than 260 productions and exhibited work at the Smithsonian Institution and in Michigan, Pennsylvania and York County. He serves in an advisory capacity at GWU and is on the advisory board for the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism. He teaches studio art at Fewell Park Neighborhood Center.

Ebenezer webJoe Zdenek is a former professor at Winthrop University where he chaired the Department of Modern and Classical Languages until he retired in 1992. He taught part-time for several years but now travels extensively, reads, gardens and volunteers in York County. He dabbled in watercolors while in high school and returned to it 40 years later, taking lessons from well-known area artists. He has had exhibits in both Carolinas and his paintings can be found in homes in 10 states and four countries.

Anyone who would like to purchase one of the pieces is asked to call the artist. Contact information is available with each piece.