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Dan Helsel: Creating Joy

January 17 - April 26, 2014


The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition, Dan Helsel: Creating Joy. The exhibition features fifty of Helsel's landscape and still life paintings. Dan Helsel: Creating Joy opens January 17 in the Museum's Shirley and Fred A. Pechter Gallery and Paul I. Detwiler Education Center and will remain on view through April 26, 2014. (right: Daniel C. Helsel (American, b. 1934), Tracy's Lilacs, 2008, Oil on linen, 24 x 30 inches. Collection of Tracy and Jeff Grandas)

Helsel began painting in 1995 after retiring from business. He studied at The Sulkowksi Academy of Fine Art in Canonsburg and has also participated in workshops led by artists James Sulkowski, Tom Nicholas and T.M. Nicholas. His brilliant landscape and still life paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout western and central Pennsylvania, earning numerous awards. He is well regarded for possessing a deft artistic touch and style that harkens back to the Old Masters. He paints on oil-primed linen canvas and prepares his own panels from Gesso using a Renaissance formula.

Helsel will speak at a Lunch a l'Art program at the Museum on March 12. The program, which begins at noon, will include lunch and a presentation by the artist. Fee for public and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art members. Please call the Museum at (814) 946-4464 for reservations.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art also will celebrate the exhibition at a Blue Monday on January 27. The program includes light supper and libations while guests enjoy the classic rock music of Stormy. Fee. Please call the Museum for reservations.


Dan Helsel biography

Dan Helsel resides in Davidsville, PA, and started painting in 1995 after retiring from business. He enjoys painting in the Old Masters Style, such as the works of Chardin, Vermeer, Rembrandt and Velazquez. He feels they have lasting quality and beauty. Dan works with actual setups in the studio not from photographs. His paintings can be found throughout the United States, and have been purchased by Mt Aloysius College, Community Arts Center, and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.
He studied at The Sulkowski Academy Of Fine Art in Canonsburg, PA, studying the texture of silver, brass, gold, glass and porcelain. Dan has studied in workshops with James Sulkowski in Maine, South Carolina North Carolina and Pennsylvania, Tom Nicholis NA in Maine, and T.M. Nicholis in Vermont.
Dan paints on oil primed linen canvas and prepares his own panels from Gesso using a Renaissance formula. He has won several awards with local art associations.
Art Exhibits
One of three Artists to exhibit at the Greensburg Art Association in Greensburg, PA,. and has had solo exhibitions at the Wolf -Kuhn Gallery at Mt Aloysius College in Cresson, PA, Bedford Art Association in Bedford, PA, S. Gerald Weaver Gallery located at The Village At Morrison Cove in Martinsburg, PA, Blair County Arts Foundation in Altoona, PA, The Goldhaber - Fend Fine Arts Gallery at the Community Arts Center in Johnstown, PA, the Jenner Art Gallery at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, PA, Garrett County Arts Oakland, MD, Laurel Arts Center Somerset, PA. Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown, PA.
Taught still life classes Community Arts Center Johnstown, PA, Bedford County Arts Center Bedford, PA, Garrett Arts Oakland Maryland and Bottle Works Johnstown, PA.
Pennsylvania Artists Professional Association, Ebensburg, PA, Somerset County Artists Association, Somerset, PA, Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, Johnstown, PA.
Represented by
Sheldon Fine Arts New Port, Rhode Island, Camellia Art Hilton Head Island South Carolina, and Garrett Arts Center Oakland, Maryland.

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