Scapes of 35mm

ChiaLing Pitluga

April 6 - June 27, 2015

In the nearly fourteen years of living in America, I have hoarded stuff.  I saw a beer cap in 2001 and now I have a few hundred. I opened my first fortune cookie in 2001, got my first fortune, and now I have a hundred. I saw an old window on the side of road, and now I have over a dozen above my garage. The piles of accumulated stuff are absolutely beautiful and disturbed my senses. In 2009, thousands of 35mm traditional slides were tossed out by my husband in our backyard. I saved them and hid them in my studio.

This body of work is my attempt of intermixing 35mm slides, paints, fabrics, and threads into my composition to convey the abstract elements of our surroundings, like that of air, rain, wind and....

I studied art with Professor Glen Brunken at Slippery Rock University, who encouraged his students to discover new marks with their work.  He enjoyed my playfulness with my work and gave me the confidence of being myself.   He was a teacher, a friend and a father in my immigrant life; he passed away two years ago.  I miss him, and will continue, "making pictures," as he would say.

ChiaLing Pitluga is a native of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tam Kang University in Taipei, Taiwan and was awarded an international scholarship to study at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  In 200, she was notified as a neutralized U.S. citizen.  Following her passion in arts, she returned to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art from Slippery Rock University and a K-12 Art Teaching Certificate from Carlow University.

ChiaLing has exhibited her work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Recently she has accepted the employment with the National Network of Digital Schools teaching Chinese language and works as a freelance artist. 

Photography by Cori Surano

January 12-March 28

Continuing its intention to inspire hope and healing in patients and visitors at Jameson Health System, the Hoyt Center for the Arts is proud to kick off its 2015 exhibition rotation with the photography of local artist, Cori Sorano.  Her new body of work, representing often overlooked perspectives of life, will open in the Hoyt Atrium/North Campus on January 12 and run through March 28.

Tulip Bouquet by Cori Surano

Tulip Bouquet by Cori Surano

 “I offer these images for repose from the challenges of daily life,” Cori explains. “A reminder to stop, to consciously see, to contemplate, and to appreciate the “extra-” that can be found in the ordinary, if we only take the time to look.”

Drawn to the simple harmony of architectural structures and natural forms, Surano offers viewers the opportunity to contemplate quiet landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes instead of illness, injury or disease. 

She says of her work, “…it’s more about the eye looking through the lens and less about the technology (the camera).”

Cori Surano was born and raised in New Castle, and currently resides in Hermitage, Pa. with her husband and three cats.  Her work has been selected for local, regional and national juried exhibitions, and is currently on display in local galleries and area businesses.  Photography by Cori Sorano is part of a continuing partnership between the Hoyt Center for the Arts and Jameson Health System to explore the on-going relationship between art, medicine and healing for patients, caregivers and medical personnel.