Greg Zbach Photoartist

 

"The art is in the telling"
                           Greg Zbach

BIO

GREG ZBACH
10-24-2015




Short Bio:

Erie native Greg Zbach is a photographer, composer, retired electrical engineer and a past Vice President of the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts.

Greg's three published instrumental music CD's include "Grimsby," a full length children's ballet performed at the Warner Theater in 2002.

Past exhibits include collaboration with oil paintings by Anne Mazzone at Campbell Pottery's Stonewall Gallery, "Photo to Fiber" with felted handbags by Betty Rositer at Glass Growers Gallery and two exhibits with professional photographer Art Becker at Glass Growers Gallery in 2009 and 2010. Photos were accepted in juried art exhibits for the Erie Arts Festival Panorama, where Greg received the Honorable Mention, Excellence Award, Gold Circle Award and Third Place in 2006 and 2013; and the Lily Festival at Campbell Stonewall Gallery where Greg received Honorable Mention in 2006, 2008 and 2011. More recently, one of Greg's works was selected for the Erie Art Museum Spring Show in 2010 and 2015, and two pieces in 2014. Newer shows include a solo exhibit “The Water Element – A Celebration of Life” at Glass Growers Gallery in 2013.

His work can be seen at Glass Growers Gallery, D' Hopkins Denniston Gallery, Capers Catering, Bayfront Gallery and Grape Country Marketplace. Greg is a charter member and current membership chair of The Photographic Arts Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania and is also honored to be a member of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artist Association.


Bio:

Greg Zbach obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from Gannon University, and has retired as Program Manager for Sunburst Electronics. Greg was a past Vice President of The Erie Summer Festival of the Arts and a past Executive member of the Erie Civic Ballet. Greg owns Studio Z, an electronic music production studio.

In 1972 he was instrumental in starting, and helped run WERG radio at Gannon University. He was also sound engineer for 39 Gannon theater productions. Through Studio Z, Greg has recorded for many local businesses and organizations and composed music for 3D computer animations, videos, radio and TV commercials. Greg is also a multimedia author and web site designer. The video suite The Seasons in Photos and Music is an example of Greg’s multimedia work.

Greg prefers writing for dance and was commissioned to compose an instrumental suite for modern dance to celebrate Erie's Bicentennial. Two of Greg's tone poems were choreographed and performed at the Arts Festival by Sandra Brown (with Baryshnikov's American Ballet Theater). The Arts Festival was also the site for the premiere of "Legend", a tone poem based on an Eriez Indian legend of how the Peninsula was formed; choreographed by Christina Maria of Lake Erie Ballet.

Greg released three self-published CD's of instrumental music for dance; "The Seasons," in 1998, "In The Telling" in 2000 and "Grimsby," a full length children's ballet based on the book by Erie author Don McQuaid. The ballet was choreographed by Christina Maria, and performed at the historic Warner Theater in 2002.

Greg has been very active in the arts community, forming a program called "Computer Tools for Arts and Music" or "CTAM", to expose/educate the community to the creative power of computers. He also developed "Festival of the Arts Computer Time" or "FACT", at The Blasco Memorial Library. This is a hands-on environment, where children are exposed to creative software in a fun setting. FACT was expanded as a result of a grant from the Verizon Foundation. Greg's newest is "The Art of Photography," A day of lectures and demonstrations by top pros, sponsored by the venerable Erie Photography Club and presented at the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts.

Over the past decade Greg has become a prolific award winning nature photographer, embracing the new digital darkroom technology. Past exhibits include collaboration with oil paintings by Anne Mazzone at Campbell Pottery's Stonewall Gallery, "Photo to Fiber" with felted handbags by Betty Rositer at Glass Growers Gallery and two exhibits with professional photographer Art Becker at Glass Growers Gallery in 2009 and 2010. Photos were accepted in juried art exhibits for the Erie Arts Festival Panorama, where Greg received the Honorable Mention, Excellence Award, Gold Circle Award and Third Place in 2006 and 2013; and the Lily Festival at Campbell Stonewall Gallery where Greg received Honorable Mention in 2006, 2008 and 2011. More recently, one of Greg's works was selected for the Erie Art Museum Spring Show in 2010 and 2015, and two pieces in 2014. Newer shows include a solo exhibit “The Water Element – A Celebration of Life” at Glass Growers Gallery in 2013.

His work can be seen at Glass Growers Gallery, D' Hopkins Denniston Gallery, Capers Catering, Bayfront Gallery and Grape Country Marketplace. Greg is a charter member and current membership chair of The Photographic Arts Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania and is also honored to be a member of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artist Association.

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