Today I spent the afternoon in downtown Harrisburg at the Susquehanna Art Museum. The main gallery on the second floor had a split display. As you walk through the glass doors, broad photographs of the Susquehanna River by John Pfahl set the tone. A small map next to each image informs the viewer of the location. Two walls have been added to square off the presentation. This creates an intimate space which allows the viewer to be immersed in the photographer’s world. The Susquehanna glows in these images, and the shadows show how the river has carved the land. Locals are familiar with this subject, which connects them to others across our state and into New York and Maryland. The world feels large and close at the same time. The neighboring exhibit brings the closeness into focus. Beth Galston‘s installation works take small bits of the natural world, then multiplies and enlarges them. We go from Pfahl’s trees captured on paper to actual leaves trapped in resin. “Ice Forest” allows viewers to walk through a field of suspended translucent rose stems which reflect the directed light and create delicate shadows along the walls and floor. In a second darkened room, awaits Luminous Garden (Wave). Resin cast water chestnuts become glowing flowers that fade and bloom again. These two exhibits compliment each other: nature interpreted through technology. However, the tools of each artist do not overpower the message of natural beauty, but instead directs and focuses the viewer’s attention. The Luminous River: photography by John Pfahl and Recasting Nature: selected sculptures by Beth Galston will be on display until September 18th.