Robert F Allen’s “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!” — A Museum-Scale Exhibition at Manheim Township Public Library through Feb 28, 2014 — Opening Friday, Jan 10, 5:30 – 9 pm

January 2, 2014

Center detail from "Escape!" -- a 4x7 ft acrylic painting on canvas by Robert F Allen, 2013

Center detail from “Escape!” — a 4×7 ft acrylic painting on canvas by Robert F Allen, 2013

Manheim Township Public Library presents:

 “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!… Texture is Part of the Experience”

70 large textured paintings by Robert F Allen

Exhibition Dates: Dec 10, 2013 – Feb 28, 2014

M-W 10-8; Th-Fri 10-5; Sat 9-4; Sun closed

Jen and Viviana Arnold enjoy touching Robert's paintings

Jen and Viviana Arnold enjoy touching Robert’s paintings

Yes! Robert does want you to touch the art!

Bring your friends and family for this rare chance to “see” the art with your fingers as well as your eyes.

Robert F Allen with his 4x7 ft acrylic painting on canvas, "Matter of the Heart," 2013

Robert F Allen with his 4×7 ft acrylic painting on canvas, “Matter of the Heart,” 2013

You Are Invited to the ARTIST’S RECEPTION:

Friday, Jan 10, 2014, 5:30 – 9 pm

Meet the artist and touch the art!

FREE Wine, soft drinks, food, live music and 70 large paintings throughout the library. Bring a carload of friends and make a party of it!

"Meeting," 4x8 ft acrylic on canvas, Robert F Allen, 2013

“Meeting,” 4×8 ft acrylic on canvas, Robert F Allen, 2013

Get your photo taken with this group!

Manheim Township Public Library is easy to find

Manheim Township Public Library is easy to find

Manheim Township Public Library is located in OverlookPark, just north of Lancaster. From Route 30 drive northwest on Fruitville Pike about a mile. Turn right at the Overlook Park sign to 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA17601 — 717-560-6441

Manheim Twp Library construction poster super cropped IMGP1656 

1,600 school children, K – 3rd grade, visited“PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!” when the exhibit was on display at Manchester University, Indiana, Fall, 2013. Now the exhibition has expanded to 70 large paintings on display at Manheim Township Public Library.

Groups of kids love to visit "PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!" and feel the deep texture of the paintings. They often bring their parents back for a second visit.

Groups of kids love to visit “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!” and feel the deep texture of the paintings. They often bring their parents back for a second visit.

“Outsider Artist” Robert F. Allen grew up with his pet raccoon in a tiny cabin that he built behind his family home deep in the woods, 50 miles north of Syracuse, NY. A self-taught artist from birth, Robert graduated with honors and won a full scholarship in architecture to SyracuseUniversity. Instead, he decided to attend the “university of the world” by serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, living in Japan, Bangladesh, The Philippines, and U.S.Today Robert lives and paints on 12 acres deep in the woods near the Susquehanna River, with an art studio, a 150-year-old barn art gallery, and a small cottage. He has a special connection with animals. 100 large colorful koi live in his half-acre pond. He walks along the stream with his five dogs. Eight tropical birds live in his painting studio.

Scroll down in this blog through the previous several posts to learn more about Robert F. Allen and his exciting “outsider art.” And don’t miss this opportunity to attend a museum-scale art exhibition and actually run your hands over the paintings. Who knows how long it will be before another artist invites you to “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!”

Kids especially enjoy putting their own hands in the hand prints that are part of Robert's painting "The Story," inspired by cave art.

Kids especially enjoy putting their own hands in the hand prints that are part of Robert’s painting “The Story,” inspired by cave art.

Bring your friends and family and celebrate the New Year with Robert and me and lots of your friends and neighbors!

All the best in 2014! — Kevin Miller

 

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