International artist Dennis Corrigan stands next to The Chamber Gallery director Ruthanne Jones, in front of art displayed at the gallery through July.

International artist Dennis Corrigan stands next to The Chamber Gallery director Ruthanne Jones, in front of art displayed at the gallery through July.

An art gallery in Carbondale is keeping it close this summer with back-to-back shows featuring married artists.

The Chamber Gallery, located in the foyer of The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Building at 27 N. Main Street, held an opening in late June for artist Dennis Corrigan. His show, called The Last and Only One Man Show — The Art of Dennis Corrigan,” will be on display through the end of July. An opening reception for Donna Corrigan’s art show will be held on Aug. 13. The couple reside in Waverly Twp.

The gallery, which has been located in the Chamber building for about 18 years, is a place where artists can take center stage, according to gallery director Ruthanne Jones. A resident of Carbondale since 2008, she said she’s honored to have a hand in rekindling the city’s artistic spirit by providing a space for all kinds of local art to be showcased.

Dennis Corrigan, 78, said his interest in art grew as he began learning more about it.

“I wasn’t that good at anything else when I was younger, aside from art, so it kind of just fell into place,” he said.

This interest led him to earning a bachelor of fine arts in illustration from Philadelphia College of Art and a masters of fine art in painting from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He has worked as an Illustrator a variety of publications, including the New York Times, and as an adjunct professor for the Philadelphia College or Art as well as Marywood University.

Dennis Corrigan’s style of art and illustration is well known for its distinct, cartoonish surrealism. Some of his biggest inspirations include the artistic works of N.C Wyeth, Norman Rockwell and Hieronymus Bosch; he’s also heavily inspired by MAD Magazine, especially MAD illustrator Wally Wool’s whimsical style.

He has works in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Library of Congress and private collections. He also teaches a variety of classes and currently holds a professorship at Marywood University.

He integrates the styles of his inspirations in a contemporary way, creating unique, often abstract, works of art that can appeal as much to whimsy and humor as they do to feelings of primal fear.

“Everybody sees what they reflect upon themselves,” Dennis Corrigan said. “It’s a mirror, really. That is art.”

In August, the gallery will show the work of Donna Corrigan, 66, who works in painting, illustration, photography and architecture as well as finding success as a writer and educator.

“I work in a variety of media and genres,” she said. “In photography, I strive to reveal the world unseen to the casual observer. In painting, I try to tap into the ethereal and evocative properties of color. Writing, for me, is a way to share these observations with others.”

Like her husband, she had a successful career as an illustrator for a variety of publishers, including Hearst International, Walker Books and Philadelphia Magazine. She also taught several art classes for 10 years at Marywood University and Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art. In addition, she completed about 35 paintings in 2011 as a part of her Moodscape series.

She started out her writing career in 1986, starting with historical newsletters, instructional booklets and art reviews. Eventually, she went down the path of publishing her own books, including “Lactose-Free Cookbook and Guide to Dairy-Free Living,” “The Fine Art of Gardening,” “Out of the Frying Pan, A Memoir” and several books discussing and showcasing the artwork of her husband.

Donna Corrigan also discovered a passion she had for architectural restoration. She has restored 10 historic homes and consulted on over 50 properties in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. She has especially made strides with architectural renovation in Wayne County.

She sees her wide range of talents and abilities as different facets of art.

“Regardless of the genre or medium, to me, a work is not complete unless it appeals to all of the senses and represents not one thing, but all things,” Donna Corrigan said.

Jones is honored to have these two incredible artists display their work at The Chamber Gallery this summer, and she invites people to come to experience their art to the fullest.

“Everyone knows about The Chamber Gallery,” Jones says, “but it’s the artists that make the gallery.”

For more information, visit The Chamber Gallery on Facebook. You can visit the gallery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.