Crary Gallery

The Crary Art Gallery at 511 Market Street in Warren will hold a three-week exhibition, “Wild Geometry,” featuring two photographers.

There will be a public reception to meet Pete McCutcheon, from Alexandria, Va., and Jim Shirey of Athens, Ohio, on Saturday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery. The free exhibition will run from Sunday, May 5, to Saturday, May 25, and is open to the public. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Shirey grew up near Gary, Ind., and worked in the steel mills in the early 60s, where he met his future wife, Sandy. After receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics from Purdue University in 1969, he moved with his family to Athens, Ohio, where he taught as a professor of mathematics until his retirement. His career as a photographer began shortly thereafter. Shirey specializes in wildflowers, ice and clouds, and has exhibited his work in Ohio, Colorado and Georgia. He and Sandy live adjacent to a wildlife area near Athens.

McCutcheon is a full-time fine art photographer currently residing in Arlington, Va. He is a juried artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and a member of the Touchstone Gallery, the Washington, D.C., area’s premier artist-owned gallery. His work has appeared in more than 50 juried shows. When not out shooting or riding a roller coaster, he can be found at the Torpedo Factory, where he shares Studio 330. McCutcheon’s subjects are an eclectic mix, including the architecture of Las Vegas, roller coasters, and rusted metal objects.

“Although I began life as a black and white photographer, my color work is now what I’m known for,” McCutcheon says in his biographical information. “It’s fair to say that I’m not afraid of color.”

Crary Art Gallery vice president Thomas Paquette said “We chose to exhibit these two photographers’ work based their obvious individual strengths. But we were struck by the similarities in color intensity and compositional boldness; and the tantalizing difference between their subjects: organic flowers and inorganic buildings of Las Vegas. So we knew it would make for a very dynamic show. Visitors will be struck by this dialogue between the two photographs, too, no doubt.”

Paquette added “Though Pete and James have never met, in preparing for this show they even discussed details like framing to help coordinate their presentation. We are certainly looking forward to seeing these photographs here. They are each more abstract than any of Clare Crary’s photos, and certainly more colorful, but we try to honor his devotion to photography, while at the same time presenting new trends.”

Simultaneously, the 12 PA Wilds Photo Contest winning entries will be displayed in other rooms of the Crary. The contest is a regional part of the PA Wilds effort to grow the nature and heritage tourism industry across 12 1/2 counties of rural Pennsylvania known as the “Pennsylvania Wilds.”

The Crary Art Gallery was established in 1977 as a non-profit gallery dedicated to promoting the fine arts by bringing noteworthy art and cultural issues to the region. It’s permanent collection includes mid- and early twentieth century photographs and prints, photographs by Edward S. Curtis, Clare Crary, paintings by his wife Gene Walker Crary, and Japanese silkscreens.