Saturday, October 22, 2016

Let's Make a Zombie

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

An eerie sensation touched the hearts of those who ventured into The Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA on Friday October 14th as an Introduction into Special F/X Make-Up Class was taught by Daniel Ferron. The overwhelming aspects of this eeriness dissipated as the congeniality Mr. Ferron is best known for greeted the small number of observers who came to see him at his craft. After greeting the company, Mr. Ferron began applying colors and texture upon the face of Jonathan Ritter which transformed him from a young man to a long dead Zombie. The class was videotaped by Carlo Deconza of Deconza Productions

Mr. Ferron insights of the discipline were demonstrated while he applied the makeup to Mr. Ritter. He began by asking his subject how long has he been dead. This was explained as being important as the degree of decomposition varied with the passage of time. Mr. Ferron then began placing hues to accentuate the allusion to decaying flesh along with facial boils to enhance the effects. As the work was nearing its completion, everyone present increased their appreciation for the art form and Mr. Ritter looked ghouled. You can view photographs taken during the class in The Let's Make a Zombie Gallery at

Daniel Ferron has had an extensive career in film and stage acting which he enjoyed throughout his life. His most recent project was the creation of the documentary film titled, “My Life, My Story, My Tourettes” which reveals the challenges Mr. Ferron and others who have Tourettes Syndrome encounter throughout their lives. The film is directed by Peter Giunta and produced by Primodio Studios with Mr. Ferron serving as the documentary's narrator, interviewer, and focal point. You'll be able to view a trailer of the film at

The Origins Gallery is a contemporary arts gallery located on the lower level of The Gamers Edge Comics and Games Store at 580 Main St. in Stroudsburg, PA. The class titled, “Introduction into Special F/X Make-Up Class” was taught by Daniel Ferron and is part of their InspIrArt Series. In addition to the classes they offer, the venue also presents exhibitions of work created by local artists. Their current exhibition is titled, “Ghosts, Ghouls, and Girls” and will be on display until October 26th. Their next show will be their Collaborations Exhibition II with an Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday November 5th beginning at 6pm. Artists are invited to participate in the exhibit and the drop off dates are November 2nd and 3rd. You can learn more about The Origins Gallery and all they have to offer by exploring their Facebook Page at

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Inspiration Found in the Gap

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

The sunshine of an Autumnal Day that filled the town of Delaware Water Gap, PA on Saturday October 8th was only exceeded by the brilliance one experience when celebrating something new and wonderful being born. The town's Historic Castle Inn welcomed The Live Inspired Gallery into their shopping complex. Friends of the gallery and art lovers chatted in the Castle's Halls as the modestly sized venue filled to capacity. A delicious assortment of foods were available to nibble on while the aesthetic pallid of the gathering was satisfied by the work the gallery's owners, Paul Svetlovics and Suzana Meštrić, had on display.

Conversations inspired by the art and the excitement of the day were shared along with purchases of modestly priced paintings and photographs were made. The joy of being a recipient of a beautiful landscape, portrait, or still life was noticeably evident on the face and in the eye of the individual who made the fortunate purchase. It was a great day to experience the exhilaration of a new venue for the arts arriving to the area and future visitations to The Live Inspired Gallery were anticipated by those who attended its opening. I recommend you be among them. In the meantime, you'll find more photographs in The Inspiration Found in the Gap Gallery at

The Castle Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA was built in 1906 and was the last of the great hotels to be built in area. It housed an ice cream parlor, a mosaic floor, bowling alleys, a pool, and a billiard parlor. Performances were presented which included those given by Opera legend Enrico Caruso, Marching Band Leader John Phillip Sousa, and Big Band Leader Fred Waring along with the Pennsylvanians. This all came to an abrupt end when fire touched the Inn in the 1970s and it laid dormant until 2005 when it was purchased by Theresa Veltri and Frank Paccione who continues their endeavors to bring the Inn back as an asset to the community and all who visit it. You’ll be able to learn more about The Shoppes at The Castle Inn and all they have to offer by exploring their Facebook Page at or their Website at

The Ghost in the Ruins

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

It was during the twilight of an Autumnal day did The Schoonover (Middle Smithfield Township) Municipal Building in East Stroudsburg, PA hold an Artist's Reception on Friday October 7th for their Ghosts of the Poconos: Romancing the Ruins Exhibition. The images presented upon the walls were of resorts that once flourished in the Pocono Region of Northeast PA but had become dilapidated during the years after the businesses faced their economic decline. Still, the enduring characteristics of the structures remained visible in the photographs which were exquisitely captured by Susan Kulick of Echo Lake Photography. An assortment of delicious culinary treats were provided by “Underground” Food Truck and Dining along with music that was enchantingly presented by Peter Begeley on an instrument known as the Chapman Stick.

The resorts presented in the exhibit included Penn Hills Resort which was known as a honeymoon destination featuring heart shaped bathtubs and champagne-glass-shaped elevated Jacuzzis, Birchwood which was a for couples only resort, The Inn at Pocono Manor which was known as “The Grand Lady of the Mountains” and appeared on the National Registry of Historic Places, and Mountain Lake House which had the phrase, “The Pocono's Most Active Resort” written across the main guest house of the resort. Viewing the images brought back memories to some while instilling a sense of fascination in others. Groupings of the resorts on display were accompanied with information about the resorts that allowed each attendee to learn more about the haunts which increased their admiration for them.

The event was a delightfully well attended one with wonderful images and conversation to partake in which were enhanced by the music and victuals. The Ghosts of the Poconos: Romancing the Ruins Exhibition is a collection of pictures filled with nostalgia over the grandiose commercial enterprises of the past which allows the viewer to contemplation on the material investments we make and the changes that occur to them over time. Perhaps there is something better to place upon our pedestals. You'll find more photographs in The Ghost in the Ruins Gallery at

Sue Kulick is a photographer who seeks to capture the beauty and wonderful serenity in nature for all future generations to enjoy. She especially enjoys capturing old, abandoned structures that still carry their grandeur within them in her camera. You can learn more about Sue Kulick and Echo Lake Photography by exploring her Website at of her Facebook Page at

The Schoonover (Middle Smithfield Township) Municipal Building in East Stroudsburg, PA is located four miles north of Marshalls Creek, PA near the Pocono Square Shopping Center. Middle Smithfield Township is filled with rich history, beautiful scenery, and a thriving business district. The Ghosts of the Poconos: Romancing the Ruins Exhibition featuring the work of Susan Kulick will continue to be on display until November 4th. The township's next events will include their Trunk or Treat at Resica Park on Saturday October 22nd, their 2016 Person of the Year and Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on Friday November 18th, and their 4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Echo Lake Park on Saturday November 16th. The date of their next art exhibit is yet to be announced. You can learn more about The Schoonover Municipal Building and Middle Smithfield Township, PA by exploring their Facebook Page at or their Website at

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Turrell at ESU

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

A sense of excitement touched the imagination as a large number of friends, art lovers, and students entered The East Stroudsburg University (ESU) of PA's Madelon Powers Gallery on Thursday October 6th to experience the Recent Works of Sean Turrell. Statues mingled among the gathering in their stationary positions while paintings and tile works adorned the main gallery's walls. The excitement escalated when even more three dimensional figures created by the artist were found in the venue's Mezzanine.

The sensual and spiritual aspects of the human condition were communicated through Mr. Turrell's work. This was especially true of the sculpted pieces whose lines and contours enticed one's desire to explore their attributes as one would those belonging to a lover. The paintings presented also explored the spiritual and sensual dimensions of life as layers of colors were sculpted upon the canvas creating landscapes of emotions with their hues. A wall of small tiles echoed the esoteric themes of the other work on display while maintaining an unique quality through a pattern of images with many presenting similar depictions of an object along with variations embedding a singular characteristic to each tile.

The figures populating the venue's Mezzanine extruded a sense of a divinity one would be immersed in within a temple or a sacred site. Their alignment provided a peacefulness to the individual who ventured to the Entresol as they gently looked upon each visitor while offering their silent guidance to those opened hearts who were in need of it. This sensation enhanced those manifested through the remainder of the exhibit of extraordinarily works created with a depth embodied within every molding and brush stroke employed by the artist. The profundity and beauty of the exhibition entreats those who seek meaning in the art they explore to visit and revisit the gallery often in order to journey through its textures and discover their essence. You'll find more photographs taken during the Artist's Reception in The Turrell at ESU Gallery at

Sean Turrell is a multi-disciplined artist who was born in 1965 in East Haddam, CT. He lived most of his life in South Florida where he began studying art in 1980 at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, FL and later graduated with a B. A. degree in Sculpture and Photography from the University of South Florida in 1992. Mr. Turrell began showing his in 1984 in various galleries throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. He received Best in Salon in 2003 at The Malta International Art Biennale. He now lives in Mount Pocono, PA. You can learn more about Sean Turrell by exploring his Facebook Page at or through his Website at

The Exhibition featuring the Recent Works of Sean Turrell will continue to be on display in The Madelon Powers Gallery which is located within the campus' Fine and Performing Arts Center until October 28th. The next exhibition scheduled to take place in the gallery will be their Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary Exhibition with an Artists' Reception scheduled to be held on Thursday November 3rd beginning at 4pm. The reception will be preceded by a Curator’s talk in the center's Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall beginning at 3pm. The exhibit will continue to be on display in The Madelon Powers Gallery until November 22nd. Please explore The Madelon Powers Gallery Facebook Page at for more information.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The Light and Dark of It

Photography by Paparazzi Paul. 

A sizable crowd gathered at the lower level of The Gamers Edge Comics and Games Store at 580 Main St. in Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday October 1st where The Origins Gallery resides. An Artists' Reception for their Light and Dark Exhibition was being held and the multiple shades and hues that populated the gallery beckoned to all art lovers from various locations. Many who came knew of the venues reputation to present splendid work from mainstream and unconventional artists from the area while a number of newcomers to the gallery were flabbergasted by the discoveries they encountered. The evening included music performed by Guitarist TC Carpenter and the venue's famous Art Raffle.

The quality of the work on display was truly astounding with a number of pieces bringing a profound sense of transcendence over the extraordinary exhibits previously presented at the gallery. A great deal of excitement was generated by the work which proved to be difficult to retain. However, it was briefly interrupted as the Gallery's director, Jody Singer, welcomed the gathering and shared with them news of the venue along with that of the arts in the area before introducing the evening's musical guest.

Guitarist TC Carpenter shared a number of original compositions along with those created by other artists. Regardless of where a song originated, the quality of his performance resonated among the gathering as their souls rang alongside every note. The melodies he rendered added a thoughtful element to the conversations that echoed throughout the room and enhanced the exploration of the art presented. You can learn more about TC Carpenter and his music by exploring his Facebook Page at

The art raffle followed the performance. Eyes were affixed to the tickets purchased earlier as the winning numbers were being called out. Joyous exclamations were sounded as the coveted items were acquired by the lucky participants. It was soon after this did the company begin to share their farewells with one another as they set their sights upon the next exhibit to greet them. You can view photographs taken during the Artists' Reception of the exhibit in The The Light and Dark of It Gallery at

The Origins Gallery is a contemporary arts gallery who also offers classes and special events to the community. They're located on the lower level of The Gamers Edge Comics and Games Store at 580 Main St. in Stroudsburg, PA. The Light and Dark Exhibition will be on display until October 19th. Their next show will be their Ghosts, Ghouls, and Girls Exhibition featuring the work of Tim Nebel. The Artists' Reception is scheduled for Saturday October 22nd beginning at 6pm and all artists are invited to participate. The drop off dates are October 19th and 20th. You can learn more about The Origins Gallery by exploring their Facebook Page at

Educating ArtSpace

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

The touch of a seasonal chill of an Autumnal Day gave a gelid sensation to those who wandered the streets of Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday October 1st. But, this feeling was soon alleviated as a number of art lovers entered The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center who held an Artists' Reception for their 2nd Annual Art Educators Exhibition in their ArtSpace Gallery. It was a very small gathering at first but it eventually grew to an impressive number of art educators along with their students and friends that increased the congenial warmth of the venue.

Although there were only 19 pieces created by 13 artists on display, a wide variety of styles and aesthetic approaches to the medium of their choosing could be appreciated. This was especially true as one experienced the outstanding qualities of the work which led to a great deal of conversation among the attendees. This intercourse among the gathering continued until the Director of the Pocono Arts Council the Pocono Arts Council, Laura Goss, shared her words of welcome and appreciation to all who were in attendance. This was followed by a brief announcement given by Jill Gleeson-Doherty regarding The Monroe County Lupus Support Groups Team: Surviving Lupus Everyday's 2016 ‘Lupus Loop” Paint and Wine Fundraising Party that was held at The Charcuterie in Stroudsburg, PA on Monday October 3rd. The exhibition was a juried one and, when Ms. Gleeson-Doherty completed her statement, Ms. Goss resumed her spot to award the winners.

The artist who received the Third Place Award was Jocelyn Kolb-DeWitt for the work titled, “Helio,” the Second Place Award went to Mark Ciocca for the work titled, “Engine # 15,” and the First Place Award was given to Andrea Robbins-Rimberg for the work titled, “Whisper of Thunder.” Honorable Mention awards were given to Maureen Monczewski for the work titled, “Pop Goes B. B. Queen” and to Gordon Perry for her work titled, “Past History.” A hearty round of appreciative applause was sounded in order to congratulate the recipients.

The daunting task of selecting those among the extraordinary artists befitting an award went to Patricia Pinciotti who is an author and scholar on the arts along with being a Professor Emeritus of East Stroudsburg University (ESU) of PA. While at the university, she co-founded their “ESU C. R. E. A. T. E.” lab. You can learn more about Ms. Pinciotti and her work by exploring her Website at

The artists' Reception for The 2nd Annual Art Educators Exhibition housed within The Pocono Arts Cultural and Community Center's ArtSpace Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA proved to be a wonderful way to warm oneself on a chilly afternoon. The experience was enhanced by the quality of the images and some delightful conversations. The reception was further enhanced by a display of Assemblages created by the late Morris Berman which were donated to PoconoArts by his daughter, Ilona Marmer. The Exhibition will be on display until October 29th. The next exhibit at the center will be their Look to the Sky Exhibition with the Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday November 5th. The exhibit will be on display until November 19th. The exhibition is open to all artists and the drop off date is October 31st. You'll find more photographs taken during the Artists' Reception in the Educating ArtSpace Gallery at

The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA is part of The PoconoArts Council which is an organization designed to build the communities in which it serves artistically and culturally by providing leadership, service, and education. It does so by offering avenues for artists to display their work through the center and other galleries, educational opportunities for those who would like to explore and/or enhance their creative natures, and encouragement to those who seek to express and/or support the arts. You’ll be able to learn more about The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center and all it has to offer the creative community by exploring The PoconoArts Council Facebook Page at or their Website at