Get your bell-bottom jeans ready! The Hazleton Art League proudly presents what will surely turn out to be one of the most memorable Hazleton art events of the year! After a successful run at the Antoine Dutot Museum & Art Gallery in Delaware Water Gap, PA., Jack and Jill Swersie’s retro PEACE & LOVE exhibition will be presented at the Hayden Family Center for the Arts in the heart of downtown Hazleton. Just in time for Hazleton’s 8 th Annual “Peace, Love and Chalk” competition, this month-long exhibit will feature artwork defining the upbeat idealism of the 1960s and early-1970s. Joining Pocono artists Jack and Jill Swersie will be artists Courtney Lauren Natt, Lois Silver Zini, Reenie Kernaghan, Elizabeth Tilley, Laurinda Faye, Sylvia Thompson, and Hazleton’s very own Mark Charles Rooney, Arthur Dworin, Jeremy Petrachonis, Marcy Lanza Oldham, and Danielle Beury.

Opening reception is Friday, September 2, 2022 (6-9 pm). The show will run through the 25th of September. Coffee Talk will be on Sunday, September 4, 2022 (1 pm – 5 pm). The “Peace, Love, Chalk” competition is on September 11 and, of course, the gallery will be open for that event.

1960s/70s attire is suggested for those who attend the opening reception on September 2nd. Food and wine will be served. The Hazleton Art League’s Hayden Family Center for the Arts is located at 31 W. Broad St. in Hazleton, PA.

Coming up next at The Art Grind in Danville

Coming up next at The Art Grind in Danville

Emma Varano’s upcoming exhibition with the Artspace Gallery is a showcase of their portfolio from their inaugural year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. . Throughout their past two semesters, Varano became infatuated with the semantics of reflection and identity. Aptly titled Freshman Year, this exhibition shows all of the 2D work and some 3D that they created, from pieces more focused on technical skill to pieces that are more experimentation- and concept-oriented.

Emma Varano is a 19 year old queer visual artist pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Varano has been a resident of Danville, Pennsylvania since their childhood and attended Danville Area High School where they were an active member in their classes and clubs, taking an interest in the arts from an early age. Currently, they are a part-time resident at the Art Grind Gallery in Danville and will return to SAIC in the fall to continue expanding their artistic practice while being a Resident Advisor (RA) during the academic year.

Emma Varano’s primary practice departs from the tradition of oil painting and 2D media. Having a strong background in technical skill, Varano now is using their work as an investigation of identity formation, reflection, and self-expression. Going forward, they look to continue to imbue painting with sculpture and the fiber arts while wielding their experiences as a queer person growing up in Pennsylvania, their ever-evolving expression of gender and sexuality, and an ongoing exploration of what it means to be seen and perceived.

Vincent Hron to Exhibit at The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in July

Vincent Hron to Exhibit at The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in July

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce the Main Gallery exhibit for July “Trompe L’oeil and Beyond” a collection of surrealist oil paintings by Bloomsburg
University professor Vincent Hron. This exhibit will open with an artist’s reception from 6-8PM on Friday, July 8 th. Light refreshments will be provided. Trompe l’oeil is a French phrase which means “deceive the eye.” In painting, it refers to the creation of an optical illusion in which depicted objects appear to be three-dimensional. What at first looks like a hyper-realistic landscape will soon surprise and delight guests with elements such as a wrench, a pool floatie, or insects that seem to be coming out at the viewer.

Trompe L’oeil elements are often associated with the 16 th century “Vanitas” tradition in painting in which depictions of impermanent or fragile still life objects were used to
remind viewers of life’s precious, fleeting nature in order to encourage moral behavior.  Though not all of the paintings in this exhibition employ trompe l’oeil, the goal
of helping viewers to become increasingly self-aware is part of all of the work. These images encourage the viewer to reconsider their expectations in the hope that it might
enable people to make choices that would lead to a better world.

Vince completed a B.F.A. from Drake University (Des Moines, IA,1984) and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, 1987).   He received a Graduate Scholarship to study for a year at The State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Germany. He then established a regular studio and exhibition practice in his hometown, Omaha, NE.  He was an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges.  In 1996 he accepted a position at Bloomsburg University and is currently a full professor having exhibited nationally, and having received numerous grants and awards. Vince has pieces on display in national and international collections.

The Gmeiner is located at 134 Main Street, Wellsboro, behind the Green Free Library. We are open from 12-6PM Tuesday through Sunday and admission to the gallery is
always free.



A project of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, based in Williamsport, “Raise the Region” has for almost a
decade helped hundreds of non-profits throughout northcentral Pennsylvania raise an aggregate of more than $12 million. Each year since 2013, the
thirty-hour on-line event has grown in participating organizations, in donors, and in dollars raised. The Exchange first took part in 2014 – only six weeks after the fire in the Moose Exchange building. That year, many of our donors gave out of a sense of loss, but with their support we climbed out of that giant hole and over that giant obstacle, and we now attract contributions from donors who celebrate our successes.

This year’s event comes up on the 9th and 10th of March, a Wednesday and Thursday. As always, one can make donations through RaiseTheRegion.org
beginning at 6 p.m. on the first day and continuing for the next thirty hours. As part of its hosting of the event, the First Community Foundation has
attracted funding from a number of for-profit partners that will “stretch” your contributions; some of it comes as a straight percentage match of every
dollar, and some of it comes in the form of “prizes” for organizations that meet various criteria, whether attracting the most unique donors overall
or the most in a particular hour or just getting lucky to get chosen randomly. Our friends at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble take a very organized and enterprising approach, and they put in many hours on the phone in the weeks ahead of “Raise the Region”, contacting all of their donors and encouraging them to make gifts; the efforts have paid off, with BTE regularly winning for the most unique donors.

We do not have BTE’s long history and its extensive donor base to draw upon, so we do not try to compete for prizes – but that does not mean that we do not take “Raise the Region” seriously. Far from it: We recognize it as an excellent opportunity for us to make outreach to all of the people in our community who recognize the value of what The Exchange does throughout the year and to ask them to do what they can to support us through a monetary contribution (each one 100% tax-deductible, by the way). We appreciate every donation, in any amount and at any time, but we think it only prudent to take advantage of the s-t-r-et-c-h funds available during “Raise the Region”, and of course one never knows when we will get lucky and
win one of the prizes.

Any amount can go towards anything that we do, and feel free to tell us when you donate which of our programs you feel the strongest about. Whatever you choose to give, you can have 100% confidence that we will put it to good use, bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region. Your support ensures that #XMarksTheArts.

Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum Opens New Art Exhibit featuring Sara Mika

The Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum is happy to announce the opening of a new art exhibit titled \”Roundabout\” by Sara Mika of Mock Pie Studio. Mika is an artist in the North Mountain Art League (NMAL). NMAL has a permanent exhibit area in the Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum. Mika, who is also an art instructor with the Museum, is enthusiastic about showing her work to visitors.

Sara Mika said, \”I\’m so grateful for this opportunity to exhibit a grouping of my work at The Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum. Visitors young and old will have the opportunity to visually engage with my creations in an environment which is already so rich with creativity and educational opportunities. I love seeing the spark of excitement in the eyes of a child when they are experiencing all the museum has to offer,\” Mika said. \”Everything is designed just for them and they truly come alive in the space. I\’m also thankful for the opportunities the museum has provided for me to work in an instructional capacity with its visitors. As an artist and an art educator it\’s such a thrill to inspire and be inspired by the imagination of the children in our communities.\”

Mika explained the title of the show, \”The work in this \’Roundabout\’ exhibit is a collection of mostly older work that represents, in a roundabout sort of way, how I’ve arrived at the work I’m creating today.\”

Mika\’s work is on display from now until March 2022. The Bloomsburg Children\’s Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This October, Welcome Back to the Pajama Factory

Join us Friday, October 1st from 6 to 9 pm for The Pajama Factory’s Open Studio event and discover our creative community. It has been over a year and a half since The Pajama Factory has welcomed the community into our studios, join us in seeing what we’ve been up to, what new tenants have joined our community and maybe even, for some of you, visit us for the first time. We will be opening our doors and sharing what we’ve been up to, and we\’d love to see you there!

Starting at 6pm, Factory Works Photo Lab, in studio 9-206, will be promoting its upcoming fall classes and workshops, including a caffenol printing workshop, using instant coffee and other household items to make silver gelatin prints in the darkroom. People interested in signing up will be able to do so by prepaying with cash, a check or credit card. While you’re there – be sure to visit Marsha Turner Pluhar, in studio 9-203, who’ll welcome the public to visit her studio for an open house and Lynne M Becker, studio in 9-207, who will be holding an open house highlighting her encaustic paintings, written word, and alternative photographic processes. Down the hall in Building 10, Gallery 1307 will be showing a selection of the large scale paintings by area narrative artist Joanne Landis. Additionally, Factory Works Clay Studio, in studio 10-226, will be hosting an open house highlighting their programming, facilities and the work of their members.

These are just a small selection of the 20 plus studios that will be opening their doors to the community, welcoming you to visit, or revisit, ours. “This year’s October First Friday at the Pajama Factory is an opportunity to for the public to revisit the Pajama Factory and see what we’ve been up to,” said Event Committee member, Brian Spies. “We can’t wait to have you see how our community continues to grow and thrive, and to see all the changes that have occurred while you’ve been away. Ultimately, we want to say Welcome Back!” There is so much to see and do, so visit us and experience our Creative Community first hand. And as we say around here: Dream it. See it. Do it. … at the Factory. A list of all participating studios follows:

Will Goddard, Studio 9-201, will be showing his candles / rocks / clocks / steampunk lamps / carvings.

Marsha Turner-Pluhar, Studio 9-203, will welcome the public to visit her studio for an open house.

Keeley Kelch – Keeley Loy Photography, Studio 9-205, will be promoting her photography.

David Becker, Studio 9-209, is having a fall art sale! It includes various ceramic works and prints of graphite drawings and paintings at 50% off the regular price for that night only!

Lynne M Becker, Studio 9-207, will be highlighting her photography, alternative photographic processes, encaustic painting, non-fiction writer – life events, stories of caregiver/dementia and stories of the joy of their lives + others, and 1 on 1 encaustic painting workshops.

Abdul Malik Walker, Studio 9-210s, provides First Aid CPR Training.

Sarah Neubold, Studio 7-245, creates mixed media artwork, and offers a variety of artmaking classes for all ages.

Todd Rice, Studio 7-243, will be open to the public, sharing his paintings and sculptural creations.

Paul Clacher: Coloring Your World, Studio 7-250, will be showing his watercolor & colored pencil paintings.

Gallery 1307 will be showing a selection of the large scale paintings by area narrative artist Joanne Landis as well as having solo guitar tunes from Lori Smith.

Chad Andrews: Studio Paper+, Studio 10-230, will be selling cards and prints.

Janet Sherman, Studio 10-221, will have her jewelry and mixed media work on view.

Markeisha Valentine, Studio 9-322, will be promoting her beauty services.

Courtney Fowler, Studio 9-338, will be selling her resin, wreaths, mixed media, polymer clay, and various crafts, as well as accepting commissions.

Leslie James, Studio 7-330, will be selling Fine art and hand sewn purses and totes.

Francesca Neville, Studio 7-306, will be selling vintage clothing and accessories.

Chris Basham, Studio 7-312E, will be highlighting his Web design, development, marketing, search engine optimization, and accessibility.

Jordan DeArment, Studio 7-407, will be highlighting his original artwork, prints, cards.

Pasta by Deb, Studio 6-111, will be selling her homemade pasta.

The White Knight’s Game Room and Erik’s Edibles on the first floor of Buildings 5 & 6 will be open and showcasing their wares, their regular Friday gaming schedule will be occurring as well.

Factory Works Photo Lab, Studio 9-206, will be promoting their upcoming fall classes and workshops including a caffenol printing workshop, using instant coffee and other household items to make photographic prints in the darkroom. People interested in signing up will be able to do so by prepaying with cash, check or credit card.

Factory Works Clay Studio, Studio 10-226, will be hosting an open house highlighting their programming, facilities and the work of their members.

The Williamsport Community Woodshop, at the south end of the courtyard, will be highlighting its programing and work created by its members.

From 8 to 10 pm there will be a PJ Factory Jam in the Community Room from 8pm -10 pm. The house band will include Lori Smith, Jerome Bennett and other local musicians. Musicians of all ages are encouraged and welcome to rotate in to jam.
The Pajama Factory is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. The event will take place Friday, October 1st from 6pm to 9pm. Free admission. In keeping with current CDC and Pennsylvania Health Department guidance, masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors and when unable to maintain safe social distance while outdoors. For more information about the Pajama Factory, please visit www.pajamafactory.net or email [email protected]

About the Pajama Factory:
The Pajama Factory is a community of artists, entrepreneurs, and local businesses who come together to build off of each other\’s strengths and dreams in order to create something bigger than themselves. The Pajama Factory is a proud member of the Williamsport Business Association and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. To learn more, please visit www.pajamafactory.net.