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Misericordia art galleries exhibiting Impressionist and landscape paintings starting Feb. 6

Misericordia art galleries exhibiting Impressionist and landscape paintings starting Feb. 6
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From a press release:

Misericordia University’s Pauly Friedman Art Gallery is presenting the exhibition “The Golden Moment” by Impressionist artist Renée Emanuel, M.F.A., beginning Saturday, Feb. 6. Coinciding with her exhibit, the Marquis George MacDonald Gallery will feature landscape paintings by Bill Teitsworth, AWS, in the exhibition “Painting Places.” Both exhibits run through April 23.

An opening reception for the exhibitions will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public.

Both artists serve as gallery coordinators for ArtWorks Gallery & Studio in Scranton. ArtWorks is a community art center that includes modern exhibition space, an open-plan art studio, and a multi-purpose room. The talented husband and wife team teach watercolor year-round at their studio in Moscow and at annual workshops at Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel, and Rockland, Maine.

Emanuel is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude from Marywood University in Scranton with a Master of Fine Arts in painting. She creates colorful impressionistic paintings in acrylic, watercolor, and casein that celebrate her strong connection to the land and the still life objects that evoke an interior landscape.

She has been recognized as an award winner in the publication “The Best of America, Watercolor Artists and Artisans” and is a signature member of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Her work also was selected for the books “Watercolor Expressions” and “The Best of Acrylic Painting” and was the focus of the article “Cherished Objects” in Country Living Magazine.

Emmanuel’s paintings were also awarded recognition in “The Best of Pennsylvania Artists and Artisans” and represented in the “Small Works, North America” exhibition in Fairfield, Connecticut. She participated in the three-person show “City Light” at the Melberger Art Center in Scranton and in the two-person exhibition “An Intimate Landscape” at the Butternut Gallery in Montrose. Her work was selected for the exhibitions “Art of the Land” and “Flocks and Feathers” at the Everhart Museum in Scranton.

She has been awarded special recognition for her casein paintings. In May 2013 and 2014, she received the Jack Richeson Shiva Award at the juried exhibitions of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic at the Salmugundi Club in New York City. This year, her painting “Joy Spring” received the top award in the casein painting category at the 63rd exhibition. In September, she exhibited paintings from Maine and Pennsylvania in a well-received two person show with Lisa Cunningham at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio.

Teitsworth’s exhibit showcases his expertise in capturing landscape imagery in a number of mediums, including watercolor, casein, and acrylic. He has received more than 30 national awards and honors for his work, including the Walser Greathouse Medal, the High Winds Medal, the Silver Medal of Honor of the American Watercolor Society, the Milford Zornes Award of the National Watercolor Society, and Best in Show and the silver (John J. Newman Medal) and bronze (Ralph Fabri Medal) of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. He is a signature member of these societies and served as a director of the American Watercolor Society from 2007-2012.

Besides authoring three feature articles for The Artist’s Magazine, he has been an invited contributor to a number of books and periodicals, including “Sketchbook Confidential” from North Light Books and “Watercolor Painting” by Tom Hoffman and Watson-Guptill Publications in 2012.

He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and a member of the board of directors of the American Watercolor Society. He developed and taught an innovative fine art drawing and painting program for Keystone Community Resources in Scranton. He currently teaches national workshops for Bucks County Art Workshops and for Coastal Maine Art Workshops.

The gallery is closed on Mondays and for all university holidays and snow days. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Dona Posatko, acting director, at 570-674-6250.

For more information about Misericordia University (301 Lake St., Dallas), call 570-674-6400 or visit

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2016 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

Artwork by Renée Emanuel (lead image) and Bill Teitsworth