Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Lauren Beauchner & Andrew Frank Baer

July 15 - October 30, 2016

To coincide with our Creature Companions exhibition, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites presents the latest local spotlight artists Lauren Beauchner & Andrew Frank Baer whose work is on display at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. These pet lovers depict creature companions using different techniques, mediums, and processes.

Learn more about their process at our Members Reception and Artist Talk on July 22 at 6 pm. You won't want to miss this evening filled with art, light refreshments and discussion from our panel of featured pet portraitists on what it takes to capture the essence of beloved creature companions.

Lauren Beauchner

Lauren Beauchner - Photo

Lauren Beauchner is a figurative painter who maintains a studio in an old elementary school in Emmaus, PA. For the last year she has been working on a series of group scenes that incorporate dense patterns, text, and portraits that she derives from candid photos of parties and other group settings.

After graduating from Kutztown University in May 2015, she was an artist in residence at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary where she continued her work with group scenes and illustrated a book on black vultures. She began her pet portraiture in July 2015 and has had a steady flow of commissions ever since.

Lauren is an avid animal enthusiast and enjoys bringing her love for patterns and impasto into her commissions. For more information on Lauren’s work and for any commission requests, please visit the gift shop or www.laurenbeauchner.com.

Andrew Frank Baer

Andrew Frank Baer is an artist living in Easton, PA and working in New York and the Lehigh Valley. For Creature Comforts, Andrew is using the aesthetic of the comic panel to tell stories in an unconventional way – stories about the pets he’s gotten to know.

Each story comes from personal experience. Andrew hopes other people can relate to the experiences with animals in their lives. “In art we often challenge the fundamentals of communication. I think the same can be said of the way humans interact with domesticated animals. We often try to find some grounds of communication with these creatures that are so very different from us, but also very much the same,” he said. “That’s how we build relationships and even friendships with anyone.”

Andrew has attended Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA and Brooklyn College in New York, where he studied Fine Art. His work has been shown in galleries in Washington, D.C., New York City and the Lehigh Valley. When not working on postcard-sized works or works on paper, Andrew spends his summers working on community murals in New York City. You can follow Andrew on Instagram at @andrewfrankbaer.

Andrew Baer headshot



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