Parrot Gallery is a project of artists and musicians worshiping at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Art exhibits are open for downtown Lancaster First Fridays and by appointment with church office. Regular gallery talks are scheduled with each featured artist.
Nick Mohler, best-known as the Program Director of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, opens his one-person print and photography exhibit, SnapPrints, on Friday, July 11, 6-9 pm, in the Parrot Gallery at 328 W Orange.
The linocut prints are showcased side by side with the photos which inspired them. The imagery he captures with his Instagram app on an iphone, focuses on moments of nature—“quiet moments of surprise”--along with raising two young boys.
Mohler admits that “everyday is a messy adventure filled with laughter, joy, and unexpected hurdles. We are avid organic gardeners, and aspiring homesteaders who have begun raising chickens.” Thus his series of work is inspired not only by the two boys, but by spending more time outside than inside.
A resident of Lancaster Township, Mohler is a recent transplant to Lancaster County from both Lebanon and Bucks County. As the Program Director of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, which is headquartered in its Center of American Craft on the 300 block of North Queen St, he makes a living by helping practicing, aspiring, and emerging artists make a living from creating things with their hands.
Noting the irony of this, he adds, “I have not personally made a series of artwork with my hands since leaving college, aside from linocut Christmas cards. This exhibition marks a welcomed return to making. My love of printmaking centers around taking an image, reversing it and then carving away the negative space. I am absolutely enamored with the process of getting a linoleum block prepared to print.“
On the job, Mohler primarily designs, plans, and directs special events and oversees marketing for the Guild (including four fine craft fairs, MakersFest, master craft education, juried status sessions, graphic and website design, and emerging artists' programs).
A recent graduate of the CORE program of Leadership Lancaster, Mohler also is the current event lead for Lancaster ArtWalk, a past board member of the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, and steering committee member for the annual American Craft Week. He has a BFA in Printmaking from Frostburg State University in Maryland.