The David R. Neumann Gallery
David Neumann was the founder of The Creative Oasis, a Not-For-Profit Art Center that occupied this space before Webster’s opened here in 2012. David was a strong advocate of the arts and worked tirelessly to provide studio space and classes for adults and children year round. A survivor of childhood Leukemia and various cancers throughout his dedicated life, he finally succumbed in 2002 at age 32. This gallery space honors his life and commitment to the Arts.
Every month, we welcome a new gallery artist from our community to share their work. Typically on the First Friday of the month, we host a reception for the artist to meet and greet friends with delicious food and beverage to celebrate their show!
Marica S. Tacconi
My work as an abstract painter explores color, texture, and movement. I am drawn to non-representational, free-flowing art that develops and “takes shape” as I engage in the process. My approach is intuitive, unstructured, and rhapsodic – almost like “stream-of-consciousness” on canvas.
My acrylic paintings often incorporate materials that provide texture and facilitate movement. I am most inspired by abstract expressionism, synchromism, and the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and Gerhard Richter.
As a music historian, much of my inspiration also comes from sound and from the connections between the aural and the visual. I paint while listening to music, mostly classical, but also jazz and music from non-Western cultures. Viewers have described my work has “having rhythm” and as incorporating harmony of form and color.
I like to think that my paintings reflect who I am and my passions and experiences. The art and culture of Italy (where I grew up), music, nature, friendship, kindness, freedom of expression – these are forces and values that mold my creative process.
I was born and raised in central Italy, in the region of Umbria, and grew up in a bilingual family – my mother is originally from California and my father is a native of Umbria. At the age of 7 I started taking piano lessons and eventually music became the focus of my academic studies. I graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan) with a double-major in piano performance and music composition. At Williams College (B.A.) my interests shifted to the more academic side of music, which led to a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University.
At Penn State since 1998, I’m a professor of musicology and serve as the associate director of the School of Music. My scholarly interests center on Italian music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. I still play the piano, and enjoy writing music and improvising at the keyboard.
About four years ago, I took my first abstract painting class at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania (in Lemont) – I was immediately hooked! The freedom of expression abstract painting provides and the opportunity to explore color, texture, movement, and mood are very exciting to me.
Inquire about showing your work
A great committee schedules the upcoming artists for the gallery. Typically, we can be booked as far out as a year in advance, but it never hurts to ask. You can send an email with samples of your work and a short bio/artist statement to the committee for consideration: