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.
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
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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
Today’s featured local NEPA based artist is Cloud Bembenek. Cloud wrote about himself in his following artist’s statement:
Cloud Bembenek studied Illustration and Design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, graduating with a BFA. He focuses on symbolic design and illustration with a strong sense of type and overwhelming work ethic. His influences run from the history of Russian posters to contemporary metal iconography. He enjoys design tasks that provide space for problem solving and working as a part of a team.
Dive in into my first day of Summer on the streets of Scranton, Pennsylvania. I am inspired by nature, architecture, and the simple random things in life. Check out my work on Instagram: thirtythirdwheel