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
Do you want to be featured in our column? Fill out the form below or visit our submission page.
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)
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.
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 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.
Want to be a featured artist in our column, “15 Seconds of Art?” Fill out the contact form below:
Join me on my journey through the beautiful Niagara Falls State Park, NY and the Cave of the Winds. On our path, we also found cute black squirrels, which I have not seen in Pennsylvania. Sadly, they were a bit camera shy.
Today’s featured “15 Seconds of Art” is a snapshot of a weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I find inspiration in quirky details, architecture, and people watching. You can see more of my photography on Instagram: thirtythirdwheel