Sidetracks Art Gallery is pleased to be exhibiting three new Resident Gallery Artists – Dave Hoke of Furlong, PA; Robert Noonan of Ferndale. PA; and Michael Wiley of Ewing, NJ – with an exhibition entitled Clever Contours, continuing through May 7.


Dave Hoke works in intaglio, lithography, monoprint and colography.  But he is best known for his large-scale, small-edition wood cut reductions.  Featured in this exhibition is Inception which was juried as Best in Show at the14th NOVA Galaxy art show. Other awards include Best in Show at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2013.


His passion for wood cut reduction printing, in which the wood block is destroyed in creating the image, arises from the many different techniques available to vary the edition. In most works, Dave uses line and imagery to create movement, depth, energy and tension. His strong colors are applied to natural forms, from cosmic to cellular, both of which consist of the same building blocks.


Sculptor and painter Robert Noonan is intrigued by rips, holes, cracks, fissure – all manner of natural openings. His artwork, large and small, painted or constructed, conveys his intuitive exploration of their secrets. As he states, “I believe the natural world provides openings to those who can exercise patience and through these openings, sacredness is revealed.”


In oil, acrylic and pencil, in free-form and within frames, Robert’s work sings an off-beat melody of discovery.  His work has appeared locally in New Hope Arts juried shows and at Blank Canvas Gallery.


Michael Wiley’s sculptures small and large are…well, wiley – enticing, puzzling, challenging. The kicker is they are mostly presented in formal attire, with carefully chosen materials crafted with elegant skill.  Michael himself would say things in a different way: “I respond to materials before me/ they dictate / my subconscious understands them / I allow that understanding to guide me.”


Michael’s works have been selected by juries near and far over the past decade, including recent exhibitions such as the African-American Museum in Philadelphia, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition and the Abington Art Center in Jenkintown.