September 27, 2021

Parallel Lines – An Exhibition of Paintings

“Parallel Lines – An Exhibition of Paintings” is made up of work by NCC faculty members William Hudders and Jan Crooker, both displaying more than 20 paintings each.

The featured painting of the exhibit is Hudders’ “Fish Bowl”, which is a part of a series called “Still Life Triptych”, made up of three large scale paintings of everyday objects on a studio table complimented by different phases of the passing daylight.

“I have always been interested in the perception of light and re-translation of that light into a two-dimensional painting,” he says.

“All my paintings are done from direct observation, without the use of photographs of any kind,” says Hudders. “I began this style of painting after studying with Maine landscape artist Neil Welliver at the University of Pennsylvania, where I earned my MFA in 1991.”

Some of Hudders’ main inspirations include; Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, Bonnard and Paul Cezanne. “Hopefully my work is a combination of these sources and something that also goes beyond them, if possible, and points the way to new images for the future.”

Hudders was raised in Emmaus and has lived in Easton for the past ten years. He also lived in New York for 15 years, where he worked briefly for artist Jeff Koons.

His art is included in the private collections of Tommy Hilfiger and Mario Andretti, as well as The Philadelphia Stock Exchange and The Lehigh Valley Hospital, to name a few.

Fish Bowl by William Hudders. Photo by Melissa Kacar

Jan Crooker was raised in Toledo, Ohio, where she developed her love for art while taking classes at her local art museum. She graduated from Toledo University with a Bachelor’s Degree and an MFA in art from Penn State University.

“I am inspired by light and therefore color,” says Crooker. “I look for bright objects and orange them to get a maximum effect.”

All of her paintings are done in acrylic on canvas and have been exhibited in galleries nationwide.

She currently teaches drawing and painting at NCC and Moravian College. Prior to moving back to Pennsylvania, she taught at California State University.

“Parallel Lines – An Exhibition of Paintings” is on display in Communications Hall through October 25. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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