133 N. Allegheny Street Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 16823
By Amber McClincy
The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County is a little-known gem in downtown Bellefonte. Even locals are sometimes unaware of its existence. Across the street from the post office, the art museum showcases a variety of work, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and jewelry.
Behind-the-scenes is Lori Fisher, the museum’s gallery manager. Often hidden in the background of the museum’s day-to-day operations, Lori is stepping into the forefront for the first time this summer with her own exhibit.
Live in Full Bloom is a collection of ten paintings that portray flowers up-close and in vivid detail. The vibrant colors and textures mirror her own desire to live life in full bloom, to thrive rather than merely exist.
Lori didn’t always consider herself an artist. She quit her career as part of a business engineering development group at Murata Electronics to stay home with her children, but always felt the urge to create and have a space of her own to explore her creative talents. Monday nights in her studio offered her that space and rekindled a childhood love of art. While she has taken classes through the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Lori has no degree or formal education in art.
She has painted many subjects, but lush flowers are a recurring theme in her work. While many local artists paint landscape scenes of Centre County’s mountains and valleys, Lori says she feels intimidated by broad landscapes and prefers to create paintings that magnify the world around us. Her art is self-described as, “tight, realistic.” Her paintings are inspired by things that spark her passion in hopes that they will spark the same passion in people around her.
“The whole time I’m creating I think about who can enjoy this. I want other people to feel the joy it brings me,” said Lori when asked what drives her art. “The whole point of creating it is to share it with others.”
Lori is a firm believer that art facilitates memory, healing, and connection. “To own an original piece of art makes your life better,” she said. She is looking forward to people seeing the work she has nurtured for this exhibit.
Live in Full Bloom opens in the Community Gallery this month and can be viewed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through June from 12:00 to 4:30 pm.
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