About the Artist:
The exhibit opens January 28, 2017.
Opening Reception - Saturday, February 4.
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
"To recreate the awe and wonder
That falls upon those
Who gaze on the night sky"
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As a Pennsylvania State Mine inspector, Mr. Crittenden spent much of his career in the outdoors appreciating the vast landscapes throughout the Allegheny Highlands. When the comet Hale Bopp appeared in the late 1990’s, he bought a large telescope to explore the Heavens. In 1999, Mr. Crittenden painted his first black lite poster entitled “In the Beginning.” It was used as a teaching tool for an astronomy class of high school students. Over the years, he developed an artistic approach using florescent pencils to create nightscape-visions based on Psalms 19:1, which says “the Heavens Declare the Glory of God.” The endeavors are to recreate the Awe & Wonder that falls upon those who gaze upon the Night Sky.
Something of God’s character is intuitively understood as we observe Nature ... for Nature is the Art of GOD. Creation leads us to the Creator! The beauty and mystery of the heavens has awakened man’s soul throughout history, for it is under the night sky that David of old had his conversations with the Creator. Likewise, it has also stirred the curiosity and fascination of some of the greatest minds in history.
“I want to know how God created this world; I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know HIS THOUGHTS, the rest are just the details.” - Einstein.
My study and observation of the heavens has inspired me to become an artist by means of black light pictures. I have chosen black light pencils as a medium to capture the details of the night landscape. It is my desire to recreate the awe and wonder that falls upon those who stand out under the night sky.
A Word From the Artist:
Forty years ago when I walked into the science building at Bowdoin College as a freshman, I read this engraving upon the capstone over the large oak doors:
“The LAWS of NATURE …. are GOD’S THOUGHTS”
Little did I know, that this would lead to my quest of discovering the majesty of God revealed by the heavens.
“The heavens declare the Glory of God, and their expanse reveals His handiwork” - Psalm 19:1