Sunday, July 26, 2015

Le Secret Oui Dutot

The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery in Delaware Water Gap, PA held an Artist's Reception on Friday July 24th for their exhibition titled, The Secret Life of Sunflowers and Other Stories.” The exhibit featured the work of Tricia Lowery Lippert whose variety of colors and subjects immediately captured the eye and heart of all who were fortunate enough to enter the gallery on that beautiful Summer day. And, there were many a heart and eye to be captured by Ms. Lippert's work as the number who came to partake of its wonders was enormous.

A beloved assortment of flowers, animals, and scenic depictions filled the gallery with their profound beauty. The myriad of aesthetic approaches Ms. Lippert employs in her work extends the variety found in the diversity of her images even further as she leads the viewer on an adventure filled with color and light and whose destination is a more appreciative contemplation of the world around them. The conversations the work inspired reflected its beauty and diversity and was enhanced by the variety of delicious food created lovingly by Ms. Lippert's husband, Lonnie, who is professional chef. Yum.

To say Ms. Lippert's work is inspiring would be an understatement as everyone who is touched by its qualities are enhanced beyond measure. I recommend viewing the work while it's still on display. I hope to go back to the Dutot to revisit the work. It's that good and I hope to see you there as meeting and chatting with you would add to their delights. In the meantime, you'll find more photographs taken during the Artists' Reception in Le Secret Oui Dutot Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154060329018761.1073741875.91146283760&type=3.

Tricia Lowrey Lippert comes from a small town on the Connecticut shoreline from which its surrounding marshes, beaches, and forests inspired her to become an artist from an early age. By the time she was sixteen, she was taking extra art classes at a local arts center as well as attending an arts oriented high school. She later received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Oil Painting from Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT in 1981. Ms. Lippert also studied at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada during the summer of 1979 and continued her art education at various art institutions. Ms. Lippert has since shown her work in a wide variety of galleries. In addition to the exhibit being shown at The Dutot, Ms. Lippert has her work on display in The Gallery at Pocono Community Theater and Cultural Center in East Stroudsburg, PA www.face­book.com/PoconoCommunityTheater until August 23rd. You can learn more about Tricia Lowrey Lippert and her work by exploring her Website at www.tricialippert.com.

The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery originated as a brick school house built c. 1850 by Antoine Dutot who founded the town of Dutotsville before it was renamed to Delaware Water Gap, PA. In addition to the exhibitions presented at the gallery, the museum offers tours and educational opportunities for those who would like to learn more about the area. T
he The Secret Life of Sunflowers and Other Stories exhibit featuring the work of Tricia Lowery Lippert will continue to be on display until August 9th. The Dutot's next exhibition will be an exhibition titled, “One Family - Three Visions” featuring the work of Rita Baragona, St. Clair Sullivan, and Tim Fite. An Artists’ Reception is scheduled to be held on Friday August 14th beginning at 7pm and the exhibit will continue to be displayed until August 30th. Please Explore The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DutotMuseumAndGallery?fref=ts or their Website at www.dutotmuseum.com for more information.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

Gaining Insights at The Origins Gallery

In it's continuing endeavor to serve the community in which it dwells, The Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA presented a Test Screening of the documentary film titled, “Out of Sight” on Thursday July 23rd. The film was directed by Kyle Mehaney and explores the issue of adolescents who are suffering from depression and have suicidal thoughts. The film also looks at how society (including schools and family members) treats these individuals and how the stigma that is still associated with mental illness in 2015 influences how they're regarded.

The evening began as the gallery's Director, Jody Singer, welcomed the gathering to the venue while sharing information about the gallery and the work it does to promote the arts. Mr. Singer was followed by Out of Sight's director, Kyle Mehaney, along with his associates Sarah Tomlinson and Matthew Buonanno. Together, they welcomed and expressed their appreciation to the sizable gathering to the screening. The trio then proceeded to share some brief introductory thoughts on the film before sharing it with the audience which they did as their words drew to a conclusion.

Although the film was presented as an unfinished work in progress, one could easily see the impressive cinematic skill and documentarian approach of those involved in the work. The issue of adolescent depression which often includes suicidal tendencies is presented in a series of personal stories that brings the very human emotions relating to the issue to the fore. This technique could have been easily overdone with the effect of jading the audience to the “Alright already” point but the film maker's sense of cinematic language unveils the captivating effect of each person's tale through the art of editing which sets a comfortable pace for the audience to follow and therefor maintains their unlabored attention. The look of the film (even in this stage of its development) is extremely well done which enhances its ability to inspire those who see it to discuss the otherwise unapproachable topic more fully and openingly than before viewing the film.

After the screening, the director and his associates stood before the audience in order to reprise their appreciative sentiments and to elicit commentary from the gathering. A number of the much moved audience responded to the request by silently nodding their heads in reflection. The director then announced the availability of feedback forms upon which any member of the company present could share their thoughts on the film. Everyone did so which allowed many the ability to chat individually with the director and others about the work. You'll find more photographs taken during the Out of Sight test screening in the Gaining Insights at The Origins Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154057854548761.1073741874.91146283760&type=3.

The film titled, “Out of Sight” is still being developed but is planned to become a feature length documentary film dealing with Adolescent Depression, it's effects it has on the infected and their families, societal attitudes toward the issue, and the devastating results the condition could have including suicide. The director of the film is Kyle Mahaney and other individuals involved in making the film in various capacities include Jessie Minor, Aimee Bender, Sarah Tomlinson, and Matthew Buonanno. The goal of the film is to utilize it as a tool to reach out and start a conversation about Mental health which is a topic that is often push aside (ie kept “Out of Sight”) through sharing people’s personal experiences of coping with their depression. It is hoped Out of Sight will be entered into Film Festivals and gain a great deal of recognition for its cinematic qualities and much deserved attention to the issue it conveys. You can learn more about the film, it's progression, and how to help share it with others by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/outofsightdoc?fref=ts or their Website at www.outofsightdocumentary.com.

In addition to presenting special community related events, The Origins Gallery holds exhibitions featuring the work of local artists. Their current exhibition is titled, “The Fantasies and Imaginings” which will continue to be on display until August 2nd. Their next exhibition to be presented is titled, “Surreal Estate of Mind – Abstracts and Apertures Exhibition” with an Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday August 8th beginning at 6pm. The work will remain on display until August 23rd. All artists wishing to be a part of the exhibit are invited to drop of their renderings on Thursday August 6th from 5pm until 8pm and Friday August 7th from 2pm until 6pm. The Origins Gallery also holds several classes related to the arts designed to magnify the creative instinct that lies within.


The Origins Gallery is located on the lower level of The Gamers Edge Comics and Games Store www.facebook.com/TheGamersEdgeStroudsburg?fref=ts which can be found at 580 Main St. in Stroudsburg, PA. The Origins Gallery is a contemporary arts gallery within the Pocono Art District having one of the highest and fastest sales records in the Stroudsburg area, provides a space to those who teach the arts to those who would like to learn from them, and continues to do everything with the local community in mind. You can learn more about The Origins Gallery by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OriginsGalleryStroudsburg or their website at www.originsgallery.org.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Depot Sayles Along The Stream of Music

On a Hot, Hot Summer day, The Eastburg Community Alliance held their weekly Music on Mondays event at The Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg, PA on Monday July 20th. A small number of vendors populated the outside of the depot which included Baarda Farms www.facebook.com/pages/Baarda-Farms-and-Denises-Design/176947865664075?fref=ts, Shady River Designs www.facebook.com/shadyriverdesigns?fref=ts, the Soap Muffin www.soapmuffin.com, and Graver Farmstead www.graverfarmstead.com. In addition to these vendors offering their enticing wares, the gallery within the depot presented the photographic work of Susan Kulick of Echo Lake Photography. I meandered among the delicious hand picked produce, the very cool hippie apparel, the rejuvenating scents, and Ms. Kulick's eye pleasing images until the featured musician was ready to perform.

Regina Sayles' clarion voice rang out like a siren who beckoned every member of the sizable audience to embrace her opening song and its deeper meanings. Her subsequent offerings along with the rapport she created with the gathering led the company upon a journey that led to a number of thoughtful truths which are embodied in the human experience she articulated. Ms. Sayles sang a number of songs already established by somewhat better known musicians and singers. However, her interpretation of each song added a texture to it which made it her own. Ms. Sayles also sang a number of songs she composed whose exemplary qualities often surpassed those in her repertoire of the well known songs associated with other artists. Her overall performance proved to be like a gentle breeze which not only expelled the excessive heat of the day but also took the audience upon a journey as they sailed upon the trade winds of Ms. Sayles' incredible voice. As the concert concluded, the wonderful flavor of the experience carried over to Ms. Sayles' playfully chatting with those who have become her fans throughout the years along with those created during the event. You'll find more photographs taken during the event in The Depot Sayles Along The Stream of Music Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154049123983761.1073741873.91146283760&type=3.

Regina Sayles grew up in Tiffin, OH and was a drummer in her high school's marching band. She also sang in choir, performed in theatrical productions, and played softball while attending the school. In addition to this, Ms. Sayles became her class's homecoming queen. Ms. Sayles joined her first rock cover band at the age of 16. She later attended the East Stroudsburg University of PA where she began writing songs and performing them. She graduated in 2003 and released her first EP in 2006. She now performs in various venues throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware, Virginia, Ohio, and more. You can learn more about Regina Sayles by exploring her Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/Regina-Sayles/235450517538?fref=ts or her Website at www.reginasayles.com.

The Eastburg Community Alliance was established over 30 years ago by local leaders and business owners and is funded through a combination of local grants, direct fund raising, memberships, and local contributions. The next Music on Mondays concert will feature The Shawnee Playhouse on Monday July 27th. The Farmers' Market and other merchants will have their wares available to be purchased beginning at 5:30pm while the music is scheduled to begin at 7pm. In addition to their Music on Monday Series, The Eastburg Community Alliance presents a number of events to delight and entertain the overall community. These include their Fall Octoberfest scheduled to take place on Saturday October 10th and a Winter Holiday Celebration which is scheduled to take place Saturday December 12th at the Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg, PA. You’ll be able to learn more about The Eastburg Community Alliance by visiting their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/EastburgAlliance or their Website at Www.eastburgalliance.com.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Nite Open to Newness

The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA held an installment of their weekly Open Mic Nites Series on Sunday July 19th. It's been a while since I've been to the venue and it was good to enter the air conditioned establishment as the temperatures reflected the Summer season at 90 degrees. The coolness of the room met me as those who run the event and their staff were busily preparing for another adventure in talent.

The meteorological qualities of the day produced a sense of laziness among the local population and this was reflected in the manner in which those who would participate in the event. Only a smattering of musicians, singers, and poets arrived before the designated time to sign in so they would be called to share their talents. However, as the evening went on, more and more individuals and groups arrived along with others who increased the size of the audience thus making it an enjoyable night for all.

The evening began as the event's co host, Emily, blessed the mic with her welcoming words and stories of her week's adventure which included a mishap with chickens. The conclusion of her words led to the introduction of Guitarist Burt Kleinle whose energetic renderings of the selections he played moved the audience from their lackadaisical demeanor of which the day induced to a heightened state of wakefulnesses as his performance reached into each listener through the songs' lyrics and melodies to adrenalinize them. As the final note of his performance resonated around the room, Mr. Kleinle was followed by co host, Theresa Ratcliff, who expressed her appreciation for the talent he shared before introducing the next participant. The Spoken Work poet known as The Carlton (Mofos) took to the stage and immediately began to skillfully string his words together like conceptual pearls upon a necklace that would not forgo a remembrance of their murky origins.

The Carlton was followed by a newcomer to the gathering known as “Baby Tooth.” He began with poetry that touched the heart of all who listen to its beat and followed his rendering with some extraordinary hip hop that excited the crowd. He was follow by another first time performer for the gathering who was simply known as “Comedian” who share his reflections on a variety of topics which included a tryst of the character “Thelma” from the cartoon “Scooby Doo. Where Are You?” He was followed by a performance given by the duo known as “Woodrow” www.facebook.com/wearewoodrow, which consists of Theresa Ratcliff on vocals and Brian Brancamp on vocals and Guitar. The subtle rhythms and beats found in their haunting melodies touched the soul's pondering on a starry, starry night while painting their palettes of dreams blue and grey.

Woodrow was followed by crowd favorite known as “Dee Songbird” whose lively tunes inspired the gathering to sing along while clapping their hands and tapping their feet. Ms. Songbird enhanced a number of the songs by blending them with others that at first seemed unrelated but soon created a bond in which the sentiments of one song was complimented by the other. Ms. Songbird was followed by an author named, “Dexter Lopez” who was new to the event and whose words captivated the audience with the truthful depictions embodied in his words. Mr. Lopez was followed by two very talented young girls known as “SK Duo” who recently won a talent contest and decided to share their blessings with an Open Mic audience. All who were present was glad they did as their performance proved to be a delight and wonderment. This outstanding performance was followed by a short break upon which the final performer of the evening took the time to set up his apparatus that would bring an end to the night.

With flight goggles adorning his forehead, Wilbium took the denizens of The Living Room to the air that gives breathe to their dreams as the beats of his renderings moved the spirit to dance. The conclusion of his performance led to co host, Theresa Ratcliff, sharing her appreciation with the gathering for coming out to make the July 19th installment of the Open Mic Series an enjoyable one. The next installment of the Living Room Open Mic Nite Series will take place on Sunday July 26th beginning at 7pm with sign ins beginning at 6:30pm. Musicians, poets, writers, and anyone who would like to share something with a receptive audience are welcomed to do so. You can learn more about The Living Room Open Mic Nite Series by Exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom. In the meantime, you’ll be able to find more photographs taken during The Sunday July 19th Open Mic Nite at the A Nite Open to Newness Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154046453528761.1073741872.91146283760&type=3

In addition to the Open Mic Nites presented at The Living Room, the venue also holds a Gallery which presents their current Creepy Crawly Exhibition until August 10th. Their next exhibit is titled, “Hot Summer Night” featuring the work of local artists with an Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday August 15th beginning at 6pm. The drop of date for artists who wish to place their work in the show is Monday August 10th from 2pm until 8pm. Please contact the gallery at 570-421-2808 for more information.

The Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA next to The Sherman Theater who owns the building. The Living Room is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, exhibitions, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Living Room Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Room/123978921059378 for more information on The Living Room, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

Originating the Fantasies and Imaginings of Art

The Origins Gallery held an Artists' Reception on Saturday July 18th for an exhibition titled, “Fantasies and Imaginings” which featured a variety or work created by local artists whose endeavors explored a myriad of interpretations of the theme. The exhibit also featured the work of Eric Bakke whose surrealistic depictions of what lies within exquisitely filled the gallery's wall and the subconsciousness of the sizable gathering who came to the reception. The reception also presented music performed by Public Displays of Rejection, opportunities to share one's talent on a community canvas, a Hall of Frames, and an art raffle. It was a fun evening filled with art, conversation, music, and creativity.

A plethora of conversations abound as the pieces presented in the exhibit accented every word and concept that was shared. This proved to be an enticing reflection of the images depicted in the group show which beheld those found in dreams and mindful wanderings that embody the heart and makes a life worth living. As eluded to earlier, the work of Eric Bakke has an ability to touch a chord in the viewer so the song in their inward harmonies could be gently sung. Although some pieces proved to be uniquely distinctive, the overall placement of the work gave the exhibit a wondrous flow as each art lover was able to explore the gallery in a fluid manner while pausing at each canvas to share a communication with its essence.

It was after some time did the gallery's Directors, Jody Singer and Ashley C. Fontones, take the stage to share their welcoming remarks, information about the exhibit, and news of upcoming events within the gallery as well as those taking place at other art related venues in the area. It was at the conclusion of their talk did the music begin which added a texture and dimension to the event allowing the meanings found in the work even more profound. An excited anticipation grew as the musician prepared to strike their first notes.

Public Displays of Rejection consists of Guitarists Ricky “Dum Dum” Delgado and Shane Reimer who played a variety of songs ranging from Johnny Cash to Jimi Hendrix. Their rendering and interpretation of each composition enhanced it's depth as the duo created layers upon the musical and lyrical phrasings thus allowing the work to go beyond the realms it inhabited when it was first born. Every note played and every word uttered was an enchantment that brought a blessing to the soul through the ear. You can learn more about Public Displays of Rejection by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PublicDisplaysOfRejection?fref=ts or their Website at www.soundcloud.com/PublicDisplaysofRejection.

During the performance, a number of those who sought to explore their own creativity were invited to share in creating images on a public canvas. Participants were shown a large selections of colors encased in tubes which they could then employ as they placed a brush upon the canvas. Some individuals sought to recreate defined images which were either seen by the common eye or not while others allowed the color on their brush to flow upon the surface in order to define its own undefinable boundaries. In either case, the love of creating permeated the endeavor which translated well to the hearts who viewed it.

It was as the performance of Public Displays of Rejection concluded did Jody and Ashley return to the stage to thank the duo for sharing their marvelous talent and to begin the art raffle that has become a mecca for those who love the arts and wish to adorn the walls of their homes with it. An overwhelming excitement grew throughout the gallery as each digit of a raffle ticket was called until the person holding the matching ticket exclaimed that it was in their possession and immediately took hold of the object they coveted. It was after the last number was shared and the final item to be won was given to the winner did Shane Reimer return to the stage to give a solo performance of several songs that added to the evening's elations which were tempered by a softness of the atmosphere. It was after his performance did the evening come to an conclusion with many sharing their eager anticipation of returning to the gallery for future endeavors.

These include several classes related to the arts, a documentary film relating to depressed and at risk youth titled, “Out of Sight” which will be shown on Thursday July 23rd beginning at 7pm, and more. The Fantasies and Imaginings exhibition will continue to be on display at The Origins Gallery until August 2nd. Their next exhibition to be presented is titled, “Surreal Estate of Mind – Abstracts and Apertures Exhibition” featuring the work of local artists. The Artists' Reception is scheduled for Saturday August 8th beginning at 6pm and will remain on display until August 23rd. All artists wishing to be a part of the exhibit are invited to drop of their renderings on Thursday August 6th from 5pm until 8pm and Friday August 7th from 2pm until 6pm. You can view photographs taken during the Artists' Reception of the current exhibit at The Originating the Fantasies and Imaginings of Art Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154043825728761.1073741871.91146283760&type=3.

The Origins Gallery is located on the lower level of The Gamers Edge Comics and Games Store www.facebook.com/TheGamersEdgeStroudsburg?fref=ts which can be found at 580 Main St. in Stroudsburg, PA. The Origins Gallery is a contemporary arts gallery within the newly formed Pocono Art District having one of the highest and fastest sales records in the Stroudsburg area, provides a space to those who teach the arts to those who would like to learn from them, and continues to do everything with the local community in mind. You can learn more about The Origins Gallery by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OriginsGalleryStroudsburg or their website at www.originsgallery.org.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

Getting Animal at the Auradell Gallery


Upon a secluded estate whose distance from the hustle and bustle Stroudsburg, PA serves as an elegant haven for those who wish to regain a peaceful center in their lives, The Stroudsmoor Country Inn's Auradell Gallery provides a gentle respite for all who venture to it. It was befitting that the gentle work of Patricia Ann Griffin with its breathtaking hues was presented to the public in this setting on Friday July 17th through an Artist's Reception for her exhibition titled, “Born and Raised.” A sizable number of friends, colleagues, and art lovers filled the homey venue as its relaxed atmosphere allowed those who attended the gathering to explore the images with their heart so their love for each piece could be shared with others.

The vast majority of Ms. Griffin's work comprises of images of a variety of animals ranging from those found upon an average farm to those who make their home in the wild. Her artistic approach is also varied as it ranges from creating classical to abstract and impressionistic depictions of her subjects. In either case, the essence of the object depicted within each frame is maintained and magnified through Ms. Griffin's deft sense of composition and her spiritually inspired choice of color. Her technique allows the viewer to experience a richness found in the soul of each creature she captures on canvas by simply looking into its eyes in order to discover all that dwells within it as well as encouraging the viewer to uncover the beauty within oneselve. This was enhanced by the delicious culinary offerings of the Inn with each tasty morsel adding a flavor and texture to every conversation. It was a wonderful way to spend an early evening. You'll find more photographs taken during the Born and Raised Artist's Reception in The Getting Animal at the Auradell Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154041140283761.1073741870.91146283760&type=3.

Patricia Ann Griffin resides in Marshalls Creek, PA. At the age of 5, she received first prize in a contest for drawing “Smokey the Bear.” This sign of encouragement inspired Ms. Griffin uncover her creative talents by manifesting more images upon her sketchbook and canvas for which she continues to receive numerous awards for. As a signature member of Artists for Conservation, Ms. Griffin donates 10% of print and painting sales to wildlife conservation. The Born and Raised exhibition which features the work of Patricia Ann Griffin will be on display at the Auradell Gallery of The Stroudsmoor Country Inn until September 30th. The next exhibit in the gallery is yet to be announced. I would recommend stopping into the venue as the work Ms. Griffin creates is uncommonly good with the sizes of the pieces ranging from 5 x 7 to those dimensions which are 72 x 48. You can learn more about Patricia Ann Griffin by exploring her Website at www.GRIFFINGALLERY.ORG.

In addition to showing the work of incredible artists in their Auradell Gallery, The Stroudsmoor Country Inn offers a variety of activities such as Horse-back riding through its own 300 acre mountain, outings on the majestic Delaware River, hiking and biking along the Appalachian Trail, romantic interludes, wedding packages ranging from their Indian Wedding to their Economical and Wonderful options, a spa enabling one to relax and enjoy one of its many rejuvenating treatments, a Restaurant which provides a haute cuisine created to satisfy the most discriminating appetites, and more. The Stroudsmoor Country Inn is located near Stroudsburg, PA whose landscape is full of forest greens and playful animals along with elegant structures that compliment their surroundings. You can learn more about The Stroudsmoor Country Inn and all it has to offer by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/StroudsoorCountryInn or their Website at www.stroudsmoor.com.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.