The Randy Rabenold Art Show will exhibit the collective works of local area educator, known to many as a living legend and an inspiration to many who have pursued art in their life, Milan Melicharek, Doug Rontz and Tracy Everett among the many., August 24th.
A thirty-seven year veteran art teacher, Randy’s art roots were anchored in the Great Depression and baptized in the cruel winters of the Korean War, Rabenold’s works bear witness to a soul born in stark loneliness, his subjects often faceless forms traversing shadows toward a destination unclear.
Rabenold’s art also intersected the sporting world. A founding member and director of fifty-years of the Jim Thorpe Summer League and a basketball coach most of his life, he published over 100 sports cartoons featured in the Times News. Showing the lighter side of life, noting the milestones of athletes and their coaches, these cartoons contain snapshots into the feats and heartbreaks of the late 1970s sports scene.
Perhaps most interesting to many who know the man and his art, one will be able to view the genesis of his creative life as the show will include the pencil sketches of the young Rabenold at war during the Korean Conflict of the early 1950s. Capturing the daily life of defense of remote ridges of an unforgiving and rugged landscape, one will see the untrained talents of a man who achieved what few can claim: the status of a living legend within one’s lifetime.
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“Such seeds, though planted in bitter soil, still yielded the tenderest of men.”