“Meditations and Meanderings” Exhibit Features Alums

Artwork from Dr. Charles "Bud" McElfish ’77 and Martin Heavner ’92 was featured in an exhibit in the Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery in fall of 2020, in "Silent Footsteps: Meditations and Meanderings."

The exhibit featured paintings, drawings and sculpture from McElfish and photographs from Heavner. The artists are Cumberland natives who grew up together on Bedford Road before graduating from FSU.

The show offered reflective scenes of pastoral landscapes, structures, still lifes and people, with echoes of a simpler time, showing the enduring beauty and dignity of these subjects from the perspective of a silent, contemplative witness. 

watercolor of farm by Dr. Charles McElfish

Watercolor by Dr. Charles McElfish

"Rusted Ram" by Martin Heavner

"Rusted Ram" by Martin Heavner

McElfish, whose Hunt Club Dentistry practice is based in Short Gap, W.Va., has been working in nearly all kinds of artistic media since childhood. His favorite media during the past several years have been pen-and-ink sketches and pastels. Heavner has been active in photography for more than 35 years, exhibiting his work at galleries in suburban Washington, D.C., and Western Maryland.