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.

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

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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15 Seconds of Art: Brittney Thompson

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Photography by Brittney Thompson

Today’s featured artist is NEPA based photographer, Brittney Thompson, owner of BBT Photography. She writes the following about herself and her work:

I specialize in portrait and wedding photography and love every minute of it! My goal is to capture your precious special moments and turn them into life-long memories. I have a college degree in photography and experience with many different types of photography. I focus on lighting, composition, and posing. I take all types of portraiture, weddings, seniors, engagement, and boudoir photography!

 

You can find Brittney’s work on our Instagram: thirtythirdwheel

 

Also, you can find her work here:

Instagram: brittthompsonphoto

Professional website: https://bbtphotos.com

 

Want to be featured in our column, “15 Seconds of Art?”

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15 Seconds of Art: Chris Hodges

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Drawing by Chris Hodges

Chris Hodges is a talented emerging NEPA based artist. He describes himself in the following:

Born in England I drew on and off for fun as a child. After being told I had a good eye for art I started to apply myself. I recently gained enough confidence to start displaying my work in public. I have been painting for about a year and drawing for several years. I enjoy trying new mediums and pushing myself out of my comfort zone artistically.
I will be showing at as many venues as I can get into locally this year and will be trying to get more exposure in the coming years.

You can find Chris Hodges’ work on our Instagram: thirtythirdwheel

Want to have your work featured in our column? Send us a message at: adawnpica.ttw@gmail.com, Instagram, or Facebook.

15 Seconds of Art: Mike Reznick

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Mixed-media painting by Mike Reznick

This week’s vibrant featured artist is Mike Reznick, who describes himself and his work in his artist statement:

“The way I found art was due to my dyslexia, as images helped me learn. My art is created through things that either happen to me or that I have found interesting in life. I prefer freestyle mixed media painting with basically anything that will make a visual mark on whatever object or canvas I am working on. My go to supplies are usually acrylic paints, airbrushing, paint markers, and speedball ink. “When in doubt drip it out” has always been my motto throughout my self taught career in art. A lot of graffiti/tattoo artists have truly helped me hone my skills in along this artistic journey.”

Reznick is hosting and presenting his works in the upcoming collaborative art exhibit, “The Broken Heart Art Show,” this Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at “The 570 Gallery,” located at 59 N. Main St. Wilkes Barre, PA 18701.  

You can find a preview of his work on our Instagram:  thirtythirdwheel

Reznick also created the Facebook group, “Art of Pa,” to promote PA based artists. He believes that supporting local artists will only make the local artist community stronger. You can find this group here:  https://m.facebook.com/groups/280750485618930

Mike Reznick can also be contacted on social media:

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/mjreznickart

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/reznick1

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