Eleven 3ft x 4ft Robert Allen canvases were installed in one long row on the second story at the new Manheim Township Public Library, in preparation for opening receptions Sept 12, 2010, attended by 300 library donors and friends of the 13 artists exhibited.

Four of Kevin Miller’s 4ft x 4ft Provence Style paintings hang in the second story vault over the reception desk in the foyer of the new library. Shown in this photo left to right: “San Clemente Summer” is based loosely on Kevin’s former neighborhood overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “Autumn Reflection” draws inspiration from many Pennsylvania farm ponds and scenes near the artists’ current woodland studio deep in Amish farm country. “The Old College Town” depicts everyone’s rose-colored memories of those years.

This second story installation includes canvases by Robert Allen and several 2-artist canvases by “Allen Miller” for which both artists worked on the compositions at the same time. Left to Right: “Revelations” is a 4ft x 8ft acrylic on canvas by Robert Allen. “Maya I Ching Convergence” is a 4ft x 6ft painting by “Allen Miller.” Turning the corner, “Ocean” is a 3ft x 4ft acrylic on canvas by Robert Allen. “Joined at the Heart” is a 4ft x 6ft 2-artist painting by Allen and Miller, signed “Allen Miller.”

Kevin Miller’s 4ft x 4ft acrylic on canvas, “Woodland Spirits” seems right at home in “The Silo” — a round reading room that is just one small part of the spectacular children’s library in this exciting new architecture.

The inaugural art exhibit at the new Manheim Township Public Library continues through Oct 31 with Gala Opening festivities for the library starting at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct 16 and continuing throughout the day, culminating in a large formal banquet and silent art auction that evening for library supporters.

Look up as you enter the library. Four of Kevin Miller’s 4ft x 4ft Provence Style oil landscapes on canvas hang in the 2nd story vault directly over the reception desk. Shown here on the left is “Return to Provence,” based on a pencil sketch made by the artist in a field outside Aix-en-Provence, France in 1969. This is the third time he has painted this scene, and he says he hopes to get it right some day. On the right is “San Clemente Summer,” loosely based on the artist’s former neighborhood overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Southern California.

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“Woodland Spirits,” 4 ft x 4 ft acrylic on canvas, Kevin Miller, 2010

“Autumn Reflection,” 4 ft x 4 ft oil on canvas, Kevin Miller, 2010

Today was the first of two days of intense work by many people to install 100 paintings in the inaugural group art exhibit at the beautiful new Manheim Township Public Library, which looks for all the world like a cutting edge new contemporary art museum just north of Lancaster, PA. I have been working on the two paintings above for much of the summer, along with many others. I arose at 3am yesterday to finish “Autumn Reflections,” a 4 x 4 ft oil on canvas in my “Provence Style.” And I was up again at 3am this morning to finish “Woodland Spirits,” a 4×4 ft acrylic on canvas in my “Fantasy Style.” Robert Allen and I have been working intensely all summer to be ready for this installation day at the library. We signed, stretched, listed and loaded 60 large new canvases in our rented trailer and pulled out of Sawmill Run in Robert’s big honkin’ Dodge ram pick-up truck at noon. Tomorrow we will leave for the second day of installation at 7:30 am. It is looking good. I am proud that they chose my four big “Provence Style” landscapes to display in the entry hall of the new library. We hope to have good crowds for the Donors’ Reception and the Artists’ Reception on Sunday, Sept 12, 3-6pm and 7-9 pm.

“Return to Provence,” 4×4 ft oil on canvas, Kevin Miller, September, 2010

“San Clemente Summer,” 4×4 ft oil on canvas, Kevin Miller, September, 2010

I am painting 14 hours a day to finish all the large canvases I started earlier this summer in preparation for installing a museum-scale art exhibit at the new Manheim Township Public Library, just north of Lancaster, PA, in less than a week. You are welcome to attend the Artists’ Reception Sunday, Sept 12, 7-9pm for Robert Allen and me and 12 other artists from this region. Robert and I will exhibit about 50 of our new canvases — his work, mine, and our 2-artist canvases, some of which you can see below.  

Above are two oil paintings in my “Provence Style,” completed in the last few days. The first one, “Return to Provence,” is based on a pencil sketch I made while sitting on a hillside in the country outside Aix-en-Provence, France, where I was studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts 41 years ago. I have painted this landscape three times. Some day I’ll get it right… The second canvas, “San Clemente Summer,” is loosely based on the Southern California home I owned over 15 years ago, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Dana Point Harbor. The hills always turned golden ochre in the summer. These paintings are influenced by Picasso and Van Gogh and Cezanne who lived and worked in the hills around Aix-en-Provence.