Art in the Dark Events

The exhibit opens January 28, 2017.

Opening Reception - Saturday, February 4. 

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.



"To recreate the awe and wonder
That falls upon those
Who gaze on 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: 

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

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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.

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10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Saturday, January 28
The opening reception for the Florescent Blacklite Art Exhibition, “Art in the Dark,” will be held February 4th Saturday 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Goldhaber-Fend Community Arts Center in Westmont. Blacklite artist Malcolm Crittenden will present his landscapes based on Psalm 19:1. The purpose of the florescent visions is to recreate the awe and wonder that falls upon those who gaze on the night sky. Refreshments provided by the Gallery and music to be provided by local guitarist Dan Becker of Johnstown. The Exhibition will run January 28 – February 28 at the Arts Center.

Blacklite Show and Workshop

Saturday,  January 21
Saturday,  February 18

A Blacklite Show & Workshop will be held February 18th Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Goldhaber-Fend Community Arts Center in Westmont. Blacklite artist Malcolm Crittenden will conduct a hands-on blacklite art workshop for all ages from 1:00 to 1:50 pm. Afterwards starting at 2:00 pm, the Blacklite Show will be presented in the gallery. Music to be provided by guitarist Barry Poglein and coffee by Millhouse Café.
A first workshop will take place Saturday, January 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Both workshops cost $4 per family. Call the Arts Center at 814-255-6515 to register.


Painting Raffle Drawing!

Wednesday, February 22
Each patron visiting the exhibition will have an opportunity to participate in a painting raffle! A ticket will be issued for each visitor to list their favorite painting in the exhibit. “Your Favorite Blacklite Painting” Drawing will take place Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Join us in the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Gallery for refreshments as we celebrate the drawing’s winner!

National Park Ranger to Comment on Art Exhibit
Saturday, February 25
In Conjunction with the blacklite exhibition, and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Park Ranger Nathan Kooser will give short lecture on the National Park destinations near Johnstown, (the region boasts five National Park destinations!), and comment on the exhibit artwork that depict the Night Sky opportunities at National Parks. This lecture will take place in the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts gallery on February 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.