April Art Gallery: Ashley Shackleford and Katelyn Scherber

Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents Split Personalities by Ashley Shackleford and Pain then Love by Katelyn Scherber
Exhibit Dates: April 7-21, 2017

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is pleased to present Split Personalities by Ashley Shackleford and Pain then Love by Katelyn Scherber, two graduating seniors. Each will present a collection of artwork throughout their time at Holy Family University.

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Ashley Shackleford artist statement: “This art exhibit shows both of my personalities. When looking at my artwork hanging on the walls, you will feel many emotions at once. All of the bright colors I have used will bring you happiness, while the darker tones I used may bring anger. Emotion is a huge aspect of art and can vary in many ways. Everyone’s emotions are different.”

“The colors I have chosen are very bright and vibrant to reflect on the American Traditional style of tattooing. I have made four complete designs—one painting and one print to go with each. The paintings show big bold lines as well as color, while my prints are black and white and consist of very thin strokes that show more detail. I thoroughly enjoy the tattoo field and love to incorporate it into my artwork. Tattoos are a way to express oneself through body ink. Tattoos make you unique and show off your creativity, which to me is an amazing thing.”

“My other artwork shows off my athletic abilities. I love being in the gym and staying in shape. I created my own business called Body By Shack, where I am a personal trainer. Being able to pursue my goals in the gym while helping others achieve theirs is perfect for me. I’ve made business cards, t-shirts, flyers, and a website for those who are interested. On the shirt that I made, I added my business logo so my clients would be able to show off their new workout clothes and start to feel great in their own body. Art and the gym are two of the most important things in my life besides my family. I can always lean on both to relax or to collect my thoughts. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

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Katelyn Scherber artist statement: “There are two parts to my show: pain and love. Pain: I was asked a question during my freshman year of college—‘what sparks a particular emotion to you?’ and my initial answer was pain. My father was a heavy smoker that, at the time, made me angry and hurt that he chose cigarettes over his own health and well-being. All that pain from him choosing to smoke, and then to actually want to live his life, was brought out in a lot of my work. After he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, all my hate and anger turned in to complete pain. After a year of dealing with the pain, I decided to try and turn my art around and focus on what I love. Within all these works, you’ll begin to notice the different mediums used to express my emotions in many different ways.”

Love: My last cigarette painting was a watercolor painting where the smoke turned into butterflies. It was a painting that finally made me realize it’s time to start focusing on my happiness. In my Printmaking II class, I created five different animal faces. Although it is not as personal as my cigarette pieces, drawing the animals allowed me to open up the more positive side of myself. I find beauty in all the wild creatures that I draw. Lions are strong and have beautiful manes. Giraffe are tall and always rise up when they are down. Goats are independent but still have a sense of personality. Foxes are cunning and have beautiful coats. But there was one animal that wasn’t as wild. This is more of the personal side that I wanted to incorporate. The dog is a symbol of loyalty, and after having a very difficult summer, I was still able to come home to my dog, who would be there for me on my darkest days. He would give me a sense of protection when I needed it. Moving on to the four magazine covers, they are about being me living as a student-athlete on a college campus. Food became a routine of watching what I ate and how much I can afford to buy. The irony is that college students have busy schedules so they can study and get a job to afford ‘luxurious’ food, yet only find time to eat and afford quick, cheap meals.”

The event will take place at Holy Family University’s Education Technology Center (ETC) in the lobby and art gallery. Parking is available to all in the Campus Center parking lot in the visitor section without restriction.

This exhibition is part of Holy Family's monthly Gallery shows held throughout the academic year, each of which showcases a new and diverse exhibit featuring artists from around the world as well as Holy Family University's graduating art majors. The intended audiences of this exhibition are people of all ages.

The University Art Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Education & Technology Center on the University’s Northeast Philadelphia campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am - 8 pm.