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Focusing on Interdependence

August 18, 2014 | By administrator

Interdependence Day 2014
Connect, Collaborate and Create Community

Scranton: The Greater Scranton Interdependence Day Committee announces events as part of Scranton’s First Friday on September 5 9734722160_ceff8eb11d_kin Scranton. They are hosting two events: Interdependence on the Square, Courthouse Square and Interdependence Hexagon Project opening at the Steamtown Mall.

The event at the Lackawanna County Courthouse Square will feature art projects, music, and performances that celebrate the reality of interdependence and the values of collaboration and cooperation within local communities and across all communities nationally and worldwide. The Courthouse square event is co-sponsored by Keystone College.

Drumming with Steve Kurilla, music and juggling by Jamie Orfanella, the Nepali traditional dance group, and art projects will entertain. Information about the Interdependence Day Project and local volunteer opportunities through the Voluntary Action Center will be available.

The Interdependence Hexagon Project Exhibition VIII: will open at the Mall at Steamtown, 2nd Floor from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The Hexagon Project is an international visual arts project whose purpose is to allow students and citizens, from around the world and here in Northeastern PA, to express ideas about their connectedness, rights and responsibilities as both local and global citizens. Hexagons, metaphors for interdependence, create a fascinating “bee hive” or interlinking collage, of visual ideas in diverse media such as iron, wood, ceramic, paint, cardboard and bread which must be experienced to fully appreciate. Hexagons from Abington Heights, Dunmore, Mt. View and Riverside High Schools will be exhibited as well as from community events such as Fire and Iron, Riverfest, Library Express, Artists for Art and Arts on the Square.

9731494641_5b2f7f3b6e_kThe space will be alive with art, hexagon-making, food and music supplied by the Mark Woodyatt Global Fusion Experience. The Exhibition is available until September 26. Hours will be display on the Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/HexagonProject. Or check the website www.hexagonproject.org.

“This is the first of many years that we hope to celebrate the concept of local and global interdependence at Courthouse Square during September. The event will feature art projects, music, and performances that celebrate the reality of interdependence and the values of collaboration and cooperation within local communities and across all communities nationally and worldwide,” said Susan Constantine, chairperson Courthouse Project event.

The Interdependence Day Project, which was conceived and launched locally by Sondra Myers in 2003, recognizes that all people must exhibit respect for others – throughout the world and the United States, in Scranton, and in our neighborhoods. The Interdependence Day Project recognizes that survival depends on the interconnectedness and interdependence of human beings and the global environment.

After September 11, 2001 the founders of the Interdependence Day Project designated September 12 as a day of reaching out to neighbors and the world community to show that working together for real security, economic and social justice, and preservation of the earth is essential. Interdependence is inescapable. Constantine said, “Our purpose at Courthouse Square on September 5 this year is to celebrate and honor interdependence.”

A panel discussion on September 10 at the Scranton Cultural Center featuring a dialogue about “The Journey from Indifference to Interdependence.” For more information contact linda.walsh@scranton.edu

For other Interdependence Day events and projects, visit the web site www.interdependenceday nepa.org and on facebook www.facebook.com/InterdependenceDayScrantonPA.

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Rolfe Ross to show at AFA Gallery

August 18, 2014 | By administrator

ROLFE ROSS IN COLOR

AFA Gallery

September 5 through October 23, 2014

Opening reception on First Friday, September 5 from 6-9 PM

NW 24th Street, Miami, FL

 

Northeast Fair, Pittston Twp., PARolfe Ross is a largely self-taught photographer, having photographed most seriously for the last forty years.  His primary interests are social documentary and street photography - “I have found photography to be a very satisfying way to discover and document the never ending encounters with all the varieties of humanity one finds on the street.”

ROLFE ROSS IN COLOR showcases his most recent digital color street NW 2nd Ave.,Miami, FLphotography.  “I have learned that some photographs are meant to be seen in black and white and some images are meant to be seen as the color images they were when shot.”

Ross has studied with mentors: Mary Ellen Mark, Alex Webb, Antonin Kratochvil, Eugene Richards, Larry Fink, Constantine Manos and Elizabeth Opalenik.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 11-5 PM
Saturday 11-3 PM

ArtWorks Gallery & Studio
503 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton
www.artworksnepa.com

 

 

 

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Landscape Workshops at Artworks

July 20, 2014 | By administrator

ArtWorks New Summer Workshops

 

Landscape Inspirations: 4 Ways to Get Started Art Night with Renée Emanuel

Thursday, July 24 5-7 PM $10 donation

Please join Renée Emanuel for a talk and demonstration on painting the landscape. Basic approaches will be covered that can help us to understand and simplify the complexity of the visual world. She’ll be working in her sketchbook and in acrylics. Try something new this summer and begin to paint the landscape that inspires you!

 

Landscape Inspirations: 4 Ways to Get Started TODAY with Bill Teitsworth & Renée Emanuel

Thursday, July 31 5-8 PM $40

Bring your photos, your sketches, your ideas and your enthusiasm and work on the landscape that inspires you. Renée & Bill will demonstrate and break down the painting process into manageable lessons. You’re welcome to concentrate on drawing or to paint in either acrylics or watercolor. This is a great opportunity for you to improve your skills and experience and to enjoy an indoor painting day.

 

Art Start: Drawing for Beginners with Renée Emanuel

Tuesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 4-6 PM $100

Have you always wanted to draw but were afraid to try? This series is for those who have always wanted to learn to draw, but have stopped short in the face of the inner voice that tells us we can’t do it! Here we’ll see that drawing is not a special talent or a skill of the hand, but rather is all about “learning to see” in a new way. The focus will focus on the process and not the final results. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn in this 4 week class. Join us for some summer fun!

Please call 570-207-1815 for registration or more information.

All classes are located at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio 503 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton.

 

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August @ AFA Gallery

July 20, 2014 | By administrator

514 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, PA 18503

570-969-1040

artistsforartgallery@gmail.com

 

Joni Maya Oye-Benintende and Robin Dintiman 

AFA’s first floor gallery will feature work from two different artists, Joni Maya Oye-Benintende and Robin Dintiman. Oye-Benintende’s ceramic work “centers around the conscious, unconscious, and cultural forces which shape thought and spirituality.” A theme that is consistent throughout each of her series is solitude. Dintiman’s body of work includes both two and three-dimensional pieces. Her photogravure prints and sculptures reflect nature and its “intense physicality.”

This exhibition will be on display from July 31 until August 30. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, August 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. AFA Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm.

 

The Genesis Myths – Win Forman 

AFA’s second floor gallery will host a posthumous exhibition of Win Forman. This exhibition will feature his series titled The Genesis Myths. Forman’s ceramic plates depict different cultures’ ideas of the creation of mankind. Each plate was thrown on a potter’s wheel, bisque fired and then glazed with an original illustration. The exhibition will feature a sample of the body of work. He created 188 plates in total.

This exhibition will be on display from July 31 until August 30. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, August 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. AFA Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm.

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July @ AFA

July 1, 2014 | By administrator

514 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, PA 18503

artistsforartgallery@gmail.com

 

LYNN GANO AND GARY MAGAKIS

July 3- 26, Opening receptions July 4 and 11, 6 to 9 pm

AFA’s first floor gallery will be exhibiting work by Lynn Gano and Gary Magakis. Gano’s prints and drawings feature a relationship between human and insects. Magakis’s metal furniture is primarily influenced from the mountains and valleys of Pennsylvania. This exhibition will be on display from July 3 until the 26th. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, July 4 from 6 to 9 pm. And there will be a second reception the following Friday, July 11 from 6 to 9 pm. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm.

 

 ASENTE/LUCHETTI

July 3- 26, Opening receptions July 4 and 11, 6 to 9 pm

AFA’s second floor gallery will be exhibiting work by Mike Asente and Moniques Luchetti. Asente’s work begins with found objects and his experiences. His work “represents my feeling that looking at the Universe begins with really seeing the everyday things, in person, remembered or removed.” Luchetti’s work comments on humans’ relationships with nature and as humans we are “the ones that are deciding the fate of our ecosystem.”  This exhibition will be on display from July 3 until the 26th. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, July 4 from 6 to 9 pm. And there will be a second reception the following Friday, July 11 from 6 to 9 pm. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm.

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Thank You!!!!!

June 1, 2014 | By administrator

Thank you for coming out a supporting First Friday at our Fifth Annual Art Auction on May 29, 2014. It was a great evening with many special moments that will help create another year of opportunities and memories for artists and patrons alike, all of which was made possible by you, yeah I’m talking to you.

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June @ AFA Gallery

June 1, 2014 | By administrator

AFA Gallery

514 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, PA 18503

570-969-1040

artistsforartgallery@gmail.com

 

CynthiaHandel_VenusIron Maidens
With the Arts on Fire festival kicking off at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces on June’s First Friday, AFA is proud to host Iron Maidens. This exhibition, curated by Dilys Jackson, is a collection of drawings and sculptures created by female cast iron sculptors from the UK and US. This exhibition has traveled to multiple locations in the UK and US and is making its final stop in Scranton. The Iron Maidens are Simone Bizzell-Browning, Sarah Clover, Felicia Glidden, Cynthia Handel, Kate Hobby, Dilys Jackson, Justine Johnson, Deborah LaGrasse, Coral Lambert, Alison Lochhead, Carrie Phoenix, Tamsie Ringler, Theresa Smith and Julie Ward.

The opening reception will be held on First Friday, June 6 from 6 to 9pm. There will be an Artist’s Talk with Theresa Smith on June 6 at 5:30pm right before the opening reception. The exhibition will be on display until June 28. The AFA Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 12 to 5pm.

 

byAlexSeeleyKeystone Iron Works at the Scranton Iron Furnaces: Casting the Future with an Eye on the Past

Coinciding with Iron Maidens and the Arts on Fire festival, AFA’s second floor gallery is displaying Keystone Iron Works at the Scranton Iron Furnaces: Casting the Future with an Eye on the Past. This group of images shows a glimpse of the past five years of Arts on Fire and its impact on the community. The feature photographs were taken by Alex Seeley, Lynn Larusso, and Denis Yanashot.

The opening reception will be held on First Friday, June 6 from 6 to 9pm. The exhibition will be on display until June 28. The AFA Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 12 to 5pm.

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Featured Artists @ First Friday Scranton Auction

May 26, 2014 | By administrator

First Friday’s Fifth Annual Art Auction will be held Thursday May 29 from 6-9PM at the historic Scranton Cultural Center, 2nd floor. Featuring a cocktail hour, live music by And The Moneynotes, and silent auction along with a live art auction it’s set to be an evening you won’t want to miss. Purchase your tickets here. Here’s another preview of some of the talent on hand!

Maria Grzybowski - Red ParrotMaria Grzybowski

Maria Grzybowski is a painter who specializes in acrylic, working in an imaginary realism style. Her work focuses on nature themes, particularly a study of animals. She thinks about the interdependency of all creatures, the overbearing presence of technology in our society, and the absence of nature from our daily lives.  Because the creatures are absent from our lives they have created their own mysterious universe that we are unaware of. Her current work also strives to show a tweaking of nature- abnormalities and unsettling relationships between objects and creatures. She draws inspiration from travel, art history and children’s storybook illustration.

 

Michelle Geiser

B?pa Studio was created because of Michelle’s passion for nature and my strong faith. She wanted a way to share her intimacy with nature in a way that others Michele Geiser - Dahlia in Blue Major.jpgmay also come to appreciate the beauty and splendor of Earth’s elements, God’s creations. “Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I have grown to appreciate our beautiful seasons. However, with the seasons comes change. Desiring to preserve life’s moments, that slip away never to exist again, is part of who I am”. Photography gives her the opportunity to allow these moments to survive endlessly. “Being able to create allows me to exist.” Since its opening in the fall of 2012, photos from B?pa Studio has been recognized by: The U.S. National Weather Service, Binghamton, New York; ABC News affiliate WNEP-TV; Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation; Healing Art International; and the Office of the President of Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Member of: The World Photography Organization / WPO, The AFA Gallery, Pennsylvania Healing Photo Art International Organization, Arts and Hearts International, Featured on Houzz.

 

Benjamin Adcroft - DrizzleBenjamin Adcroft

Benjamin Adcroft is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC. After completing a BFA program in fine arts he was employed by a jewelry design company in Brooklyn, NY. He recently moved to Scranton and opened an artist’s studio on the 500 block of Bogart Ct. He is currently involved with local art events and teaching youth art classes at the SCC.

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to our grant winners!

May 18, 2014 | By administrator

SistersCongratulations to the winners of the inaugural round of the Judith Youshock Artist Grants. The following winners were based upon their artistic merit and exhibition experience. They will be receiving their awards at the Fifth Annual First Friday Scranton Art Auction. The auction is being held Thursday May 29 at the Scranton Cultural Center, 2nd floor from 6-9 PM. The auction is set to be a great experience for all featuring live music, cocktails, a silent auction, and live art auction. We hope to see all of you there to congratulate these three superb artists and go home with plenty of memories. We will be receiving grants for the next round beginning June 1, 2014.

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Held this year on May 29, 2014 from 6-9PM at the historic Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, the Fifth Annual First Friday Scranton Art Auction features a wide variety of talented artists. Here’s a small preview of some of those creative minds:

Amy Wyman

Amy Wyman - Arrangement With TomatoesAmy Lynn Wyman graduated with a BFA from Marywood University in 2011 and currently lives in the Scranton area. When she’s not working as a graphic designer or illustrator, she’s working on her own paintings, reading, writing or spending time with her family and friends. As for her body of work itself, she’s experimented in many mediums but the one most frequently used is oil. Her work uses a fairly representational style to communicate a personal take on the immediacy of the world. “I am not as much interested in presenting stark realism as I am in capturing and augmenting the hidden essence or secret soul of my subject matter. I’m pretty sure the goal of all art is to communicate. Whether it’s through pottery, illustration, mosaics or painting, the artist is just trying to participate in the human experience of hearing and being heard for who they are.” Her most recent work is the product of a 2 year obsession with the forests of NEPA. This is the subject matter she most frequently revisits unless she is being commissioned to do something else. She also enjoys landscapes like this because looking at them makes her feel at peace and at home. To see more of her work, you can visit her website, artbyamywyman.com.

Shari P Kantor - Another DanceShari P. Kantor

Shari P Kantor is a Kingston-based abstract artist who views the world, including music and fairy tales, as both her canvas and inspiration. Her lively paintings vary in style and materials and are notable for their vibrant colors and hidden imagery. Known for her vividly cheerful works of art – http://www.spkcreative.com, the New Jersey-raised artist’s acclaimed paintings have been featured in many exhibitions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she has paintings on permanent loan to the University of Delaware. Her current exhibition, Easy Being Green: Abstract Art by Shari P Kantor, is on display at Northern Light Espresso Bar in Scranton through May 31, 2014. Additionally, Shari has her own product lines of art-based accessories, clothing, home goods, stationery – http://www.zazzle.com/spkcreative* and textiles.

Ryan Hnat

Ryan Hnat - Painting 19Ryan Hnat is a graduate of Penn State University and Marywood University. He is an art educator in the Scranton School District, serves on the board of the AFA Gallery, and recently had a solo exhibition titled “Plane Space” at the AFA Gallery. Hnat with his wife also run Hnat Designs a home and business interior design, paint contracting, and graphic design business. To view more of his work visit www.ryanhnat.com

 

 

 

 

 

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