Just Beachy: A Photography Exhibit by Ali Pica

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Photography by Ali Pica

Join us at the The Velvet Elvis for Scranton’s First Friday, where Ali Pica will be warming us up with her photography exhibit entitled: “Just Beachy” on December 7, 2018 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.!

Photography prints will be for sale. Feel free to explore more of Ali’s work or contact her for more information about her photography:

Instagram:  thirtythirdwheel
Facebook:  thirtythidwheel
E-mail:  adawnpica.ttw@gmail.com

This is the following artist statement from Ali Pica:

“Just Beachy” is a photography compilation that embodies the emotions and thoughts evoked from being at the shore. From childhood memories of riding ferris wheels, to adulthood, standing alone on a windy beach in the winter, “Just Beachy” is an exhibit of transformation of the shore and oneself over time. In this collection, my goal is to demonstrate intersections between architecture and nature, togetherness and isolation. Throughout the summer, we see boardwalks and beaches as fun places for people to gather, yet the winters are bereft of activity. I find it fascinating to observe these changes, specifically, how the bright colors of the boardwalks can appear muted and distorted as compared to summer days. In a sense, to appreciate the shore’s unique charm during the unlikeliest of times, the coldest days, can represent a sense of self-acceptance—to be alone and absorbing such majestic surroundings can be an amazing experience.

Preview of City of Unrest: A Diva Productions Performance

November 26, 2018
City of Unrest
Diva Theater Productions
Olde Brick Theatre
126 W. Market St. Scranton, PA 18508

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       Courtesy of Robert Bailitski                                                       Standing L to R: Lorrie Loughney, Michael Lally
Seated L to R: Susan Parrick, Alex Lotorto, Kaylah Hodgins, Dominick Azzarelli, Leba Lanton, Michael Madajeski

City of Unrest is a Diva Theater Production that is a part of a triology, which spans the history of the labor movement during the late 19th century based on historical events in NEPA. City of Unrest, written by Margo and Marnie Azzarelli and directed by Paige Balitski, is a sequel to the first play of the series, The Bristol. City of Unrest takes place in Scranton during the labor riot on August 1, 1877, which characters from The Bristol, such as Michael Logan, coal miner and activist, and new characters, such as New York based journalist, Phoebe Gibbons, become embroiled in the riot caused by W.W. Scranton’s letter to decrease coal miner’s wages yet again.

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Courtesy of Marcie Herman Riebe

As for the playwrights, Margo and Marnie’s mission is to convey the stories that were passed down from generations, not of the rich, but of the every day person. They hope to continue their story of sharing local history in their next play, which will take place in the 1880’s. For this project, Margo and Marnie stated that City of Unrest is unique, because it is a part of a triology  that is “lead by bad ass women!”

This is a play you won’t want to miss!

City of Unrest will be performed at The Olde Brick Theatere, located at 126 W. Market St. Scranton, PA 18508 (rear entrance). These are the following showtimes:

Friday, December 7: 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, December 8: 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, December 9: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, December 14: 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, December 15: 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, December 16: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for General Admission and $10 for Seniors.

For more information please call 570-209-7766 or visit the Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/721719978212850/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1543240930213895

15 Seconds of Art: Asbury Park

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Photography by Ali Pica

For this featured, “15 Seconds of Art,” I journeyed to Asbury Park, New Jersey to take photos of this beautiful, windy city. There is something colorful yet muted about boardwalks and the shore in the Fall and Winter months that are fascinating. I also enjoyed enveloping myself in the amazing graffiti works in historical abandoned buildings and on brick walls outlying the boardwalk. Feel free to peruse my work on Instagram: thirtythirdwheel

-Ali

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AFA 2018 Holiday Auction!

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Featured Artist, James Penedos’ painting, “Digital”

AFA Gallery
514 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503

AFA Gallery 2018 HOLIDAY ART AUCTION

EAT, DRINK, and BID!

Help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary!

This is the primary fundraiser for AFA, which allows us to offer excellent programming throughout the year.

WHAT: Original high quality work by regional artists auctioned at a fabulous party in time for holiday gift giving. A wide variety of pieces in various media will be featured, as well as several exciting experiences.
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2018 (Preview and Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.; Auction at 7:00 p.m.)
WHERE: The AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503
TICKETS: $25 (includes entry, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beverages and live music)

You can purchase tickets online at https://afa-gallery.ticketleap.com/2018-auction/?fbclid=IwAR28REQEwHfT84caCrUX5YJQNfVWPTQWw9vDcEDyQpPC0qwr6LooPk7-2EY, at the door, or you can RSVP by calling the gallery (570-969-1040).

Ken Rivenburg will serve as auctioneer.

The featured artist will be James Penedos. His piece entitled oil painting entitled, “Digital” will be raffled at the auction. Raffle tickets are 1 for $3 or 3 for $5 and are available from members or at the gallery.

Contact Carla Williams for more information:

Carla Williams
carlawilliams@gmail.com
570-575-4783

For more information about AFA, visit http://artistsforart.org/about_us.aspx

Saint of Darkness at the Olde Brick Theatre

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 22, 2018
Press Contacts:
Paige Balitski
570-499-6360
divatheater@comcast.net

Jeff Boam
570-351-4050
jeffboam@gmail.com

AWARD-WINNING TEAM REUNITE FOR DRAMA BASED ON LANDMARK PA POLICE CASE
Saint of Darkness by Jeff Boam Opens on November 1st!

SCRANTON, PA—Diva Production Company continues its 2018/2019 season at the Olde Brick Theatre with Jeff Boam’s original stage drama, Saint of Darkness. Set in 1979 and based on real events, the play finds a team of risk-taking detectives, led by Lieutenant Gerald Baker, using a mix of ingenuity, innovation, and old-fashioned police work as they try and find a serial rapist before his agenda turns to murder. Boam came to write this stageplay after befriending Baker in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Baker, then a decorated captain in the Philadelphia Police Department, asked Boam to “tell my story.” After the former passed away in 2003, a piece of loose-leaf paper was found with his will—a handwritten list titled “Stories to Tell Jeff” with the Jogging Rapist case coming in at the top spot. This case, which involved a man sexually assaulting or raping 17 young girls at night in Northeast Philadelphia and New Jersey, made national headlines in 1979 and established Baker’s career. After interviewing some of the detective’s colleagues, poring through his personal papers, and doing years of additional research, Boam was finally able to make good on his promise to his late friend Baker in the form of Saint of Darkness.

Director Paige Balitski has assembled an amazing cast, with 12 actors taking to the Olde Brick stage. The production stars Sam Falbo as Lt. Jerry Baker, the tenacious lead detective; Michael Madajeski as Lt. Jim Connell, his number one; Scott Colin as Capt. Richie Ross, their boss; Mike Lally as Hal Morgan, the Chief of Detectives; Melanie Speakman as Sharon Carnady, a mother of a victim; Eric Lutz as George Grey, the suspected rapist; Laura Osborn as Lorraine Jones, a bystander; and Rebekah Conrad, Grace Kapacs, Lily Opshinsky, Emma Ross, and Mickey Strasburger as the Victims. Sandra Connolly is Stage Manager, Meggie Roche is Assistant Stage Manager, Dominick Azzarelli is Set Designer, and Bob Balistki is the Light and Sound Designer.

This is the fifth collaboration for Balitski’s Diva Production Company and Boam’s Richlier Moving Picture Company. Their short film, Charlie Chaplin’s Body, won “Best Filmmaker” in a press poll and screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner. A new cut of the film recently screened as part of the 2018 Scranton Fringe Festival. The film was based on Boam’s first play, the one-act “Charlie Chaplin’s Body,” which won the University of Scranton’s 1998 Playwright’s Festival and was revived by Diva in 2003. In 2015, Boam’s second play, the full-length drama Behind the Six, was produced by Diva and went on to win “Best Production” in a local press poll as well as rack up four Northeastern Pennsylvania Theater Alliance Awards, including “Best Original Production” and “Best Overall Production.” It was the first time in the Alliance’s history that an original piece won the top prize. Boam’s third play, the full-length drama The Judas Sheep, was produced by Diva in November of 2016. The production would later win multiple Northeastern Pennsylvania Theater Alliance Awards, including “Best Original Production” and “Best Supporting Actress.” Boam’s fourth play, the full-length comedy Man on a Canvas, was produced by Diva last year. Earlier this year, the production won multiple Northeastern Pennsylvania Theater Alliance Awards, including “Best Original Production” and “Best Supporting Actor.”

The Olde Brick Theatre is located at 126 W. Market Street, Scranton, PA 18508 (rear entrance). The showtimes are on November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 at 8 pm and November 4 and 11 at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for General Admission and $10 for Seniors. Please call 570-209-7766 for reservations. For more information, visit the Facebook event  https://www.facebook.com/events/749165942092193/

 

 

Art Show Benefit for Carol Oleski: Call for Artists!

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Carol Oleski

Art Show Benefit for Carol Oleski
November 2, 2018
6 p.m.-9 p.m., Scranton First Friday
POSH at SC
404 N Washington Ave, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503

Local artist and creator of Be Kind Scranton, Monica Noelle, is asking local artists to donate their artwork to the upcoming silent auction art exhibit, the Art Show Benefit for Carol Oleski, which will take place on November 2, 2018 at POSH at SC in  from 6-9 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/277634856293963/

TO DONATE YOUR ART:
If you are interested in donating art to be auctioned, please fill out this form:  https://goo.gl/forms/G8DJq5XdXVjMsjeD2

Coordinate to drop off your work by Oct 27, 2018 with either Jess Meoni or Monica Noelle.

Monica wrote the following about her aunt, Carol:

On December 1st, 2017, my aunt, Carol Oleski was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Well known for her warmth, kindness, and humor, Carol fought with unmatchable strength—having gone through several rounds of chemo, radiation and immunotherapy and still smiled. As a mother, grandmother, wife, foster parent for over 25 years, board member for the Scranton School District, Crisis intervention specialist through NEIU, and past president of the PTA it is clear that she had ALWAYS put the needs of others before her own.

After several surgeries and a brave fight, we lost Carol on Oct 9, 2018. She was surrounded by family. With that in mind, health care bills are high and the family has a ton of stress. To ease the troubles, even if just a little bit, I’ve decided to host a silent art auction on Nov. 2, 2018 to raise funds for Carol’s family. This event also gives people in Scranton the ability to own a local piece of art while proceeds will be going back to a family in need.

North to South: Hearts to Spades, a Photography Exhibit by Ali Pica

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Photography by Ali Pica

Join us for a night of music and art by the talented musician, Gabby Borges and photography by Ali Pica at Adezzo in Scranton for this November’s First Friday!

For more information about this event, please visit:  North to South: Hearts to Spades, a Photography Exhibit by Ali Pica

Photography prints will be for sale. Feel free to explore more of Ali’s work or contact her for more information about her photography:

Instagram:  thirtythirdwheel
Facebook:  thirtythidwheel
E-mail:  adawnpica.ttw@gmail.com
The following is Ali Pica’s artist statement:

North to South: Hearts to Spades is a series of photography I captured within my journey throughout the United States. I believe traveling has shaped me as an artist and individual—every place has something to teach us. My journey has inspired the way I see angles, such as ornate moldings on historical buildings, the feel of Spanish moss on tree limbs, to peoples’ faces as they give directions to those whom are lost. In my work, I aim to extrapolate beauty from the seemingly simplistic. Consequently, I my goal is to demonstrate how looking through a tiny viewfinder on a camera can expand our perception of the world and its history.

As far as hearts to spades, I feel symbols can be powerful things. I have enjoyed playing card games since I was a child, especially with my grandfather, who traveled across the country as a truck driver for many years. As an adult, I find card suits fascinating and appreciate the spiritual symbolism behind them. Hearts can be considered as a “spring” of life sort of speak, and spades moreover as a “winter,” or gaining experience over time. Hence, I believe this card suit symbolism represents my path as an artist.

My background and inspiration as an artist stem from my years as a creative writer. As a fiction writer, I embrace magical realism, which I detail how images can elicit and change our experience. Originally, I saw photography as a vehicle to articulate my thoughts, and as a multifaceted artist, channeled my photos into other works. However, I have gained a passion for the medium and currently find it to be a focal point of my artistic expression.

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