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Carrie Wissler-Thomas

Carrie Wissler-Thomas

Carrie Wissler-Thomas artwork in our gallery

Carrie Wissler-ThomasCarrie Wissler-Thomas, born in Ephrata, PA, received her BA in Fine Art from Hood College and her Master’s Degree from Temple University. She and her husband Scott moved to Harrisburg in 1972 and live in Uptown. She was President of the Board of The Art Association of Harrisburg from 1980 to 1984, and has been Executive Director/President of AAH since 1986.

As a professional artist, Wissler-Thomas has exhibited her oil paintings throughout the region, and her work is included in private collections in the US and Great Britain. Prior to her employment with The Art Association, she was a free-lance writer for several area publications, a copywriter for a radio station, and a private art instructor.

Wissler-Thomas painted expressionistic figures during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, as well as portraits and still-lifes. After moving to their home in Uptown Harrisburg in 1991, she began to paint the Susquehanna River, and then scenes inspired by their annual trips to Scotland and England after 1996. She and her husband Scott now also have travelled to France and Spain, providing inspiration for more paintings. Her paintings, whether of the human figure or landscapes, are characterized by lyrical lines and saturated colour – Wissler-Thomas’s Honours Paper in college was “Lyricism in Minoan Art,” which has been the life-long core of her art.

Wissler-Thomas was the 1991 recipient of Harrisburg Community Theatre’s Distinguished Service to the Arts Award, the 2005 recipient of the Arts Advocate Award, and the 2010 Carolyn Fiedler-Alber Arts Advocate Award in Haverford. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Community Woman of the Year for The Harrisburg Branch of the American Association of University Women. She was the founder of Harrisburg Gallery Walk in 1988 and continues to organize this city-wide celebration of fine arts venues annually. As President of the Art Association, Wissler-Thomas is dedicated to promoting the visual arts throughout the region, and to provide services and opportunities to individual artists wherever possible.

In 2014 the book that Wissler-Thomas wrote on the history of the Art Association of Harrisburg was published by Sunbury Press – “As the Paint Dries.”
Carrie Wissler-Thomas firmly believes that the arts are an essential and vital part of the fabric of a community, and she has dedicated her life to this mission.

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