BLOOMSBURG — Chet Davis, of Paxinos, a noted and award-winning artist and art educator, is having a one-man art exhibition at the Exchange Gallery of Bloomsburg from Monday through Sept. 27.
The exhibit, which is titled “Reset,” is a collection of 25 mixed medium and acrylic paintings completed in the past few years. The majority of the works in the show reference, or were inspired by, past experiences, relationships and world views or memories of them.
“Paintings allow me to express my feelings better on canvas than I ever could in words,” Davis said. “I got started at the age of 15 with a Jon Gnagy art kit I received as a Christmas gift some 52 years ago.”
The artist said “Reset” is an allegorical biography of an aging boomer wanting to share a visual manifestation of lingering concerns.
Davis said he most enjoys working with acrylics.
“It’s what I am most familiar and comfortable with, but I do work with other media as well, such as sculpturing,” he said.
Davis, who taught art classes for 35 years at Shamokin Area High School from 1973 to 2008, was also an instructor at Luzerne County Community College, Alvernia College and Miseracordia University.
“What I enjoyed most is that through art, I could help teach young people so many different things about life and the world around them,” said Davis.
Davis has had more than 30 solo exhibits throughout the Mid-Atlantic. His work has been accepted into many national and international exhibitions and included in numerous museum and gallery invitationals. Davis’ art also can be found in corporate, public and private collections across the United States and Europe.
He continues to work with Gilson Snowboards to produce limited-edition boards featuring his artwork that are sold around the world.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. It is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. The Exchange is at 24 E. Main St. Gallery hours vary. Go to www.exchangearts.org or call 570-317-2596 for information.