Friday, October 08, 2010

Villainous Heroes and Heroic Villains at The Sherman and More

The Sherman Community Gallery located within The Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists’ Reception on Thursday October 7th for their “Heroes and Villains” Art Show. The exhibit was organized by The Stroudsburg Area Art Alliance (SAAA) and the works presented were as varied in styles and techniques as were the artists who participated. The evening included musical performances by You and Charlie and The Eric J. Becker Experimental Experience Project Tour: Business Edition. The event also presented offerings from vendors “Give Headwear” which is a charity based headwear company and “Creature Cards.”

The artists who participated in the exhibit included Adam Kuder, Rebecca Crockett, Chris Francz, Josh Bodwell, Myke Maldonado, Michael Hendra, Alison Gray, Thomas Dillon, David Ohlerking, Michael Parsons, Mark Purcell, Anna Marie Hendricks, Arielle Sekula, Camilla Brecheen, Mike Strunk, and Judyta Zarach. The pieces in the show ranged from unique visual interpretations of classic comic book characters like Superman and The Joker to original personages of imagined entities as well as those existing in their circle of friends. A modest number of art and music lovers attended the reception and the outstanding qualities of the overall work was well received as was the musical performances which complimented the exhibit quite well. The exhibition continues until December 1st and you’ll find more Photographs of the reception in The Forwardian Arts Society Visual Arts 2010 Gallery at

The Sherman Theatre was built in the 1920s and now is equipped to present many of today’s biggest shows offering a full bar along with the sound, comfort, and historic feel of their incredible performance venue. Their next presentations include Action Item on Saturday October 16th beginning at 6pm as part of their Independent Rock Series, 311 on Wednesday October 20th at 8pm, Shawn Colvin on Friday October 22nd at 8pm, Ke$ha on Thursday October 28th, another installment of their Severed Sinema Series on Friday October 29th, and a Pre-Party featuring a Midnight Screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” beginning at 10pm. Please Contact The Sherman Theatre at 570-420-2808 or Explore their Website at for more information.

The Stroudsburg Area Art Alliance (SAAA) offers an opportunity for all creative people to explore, enhance, and share their talents. They offer weekly Artist Socials beginning 5pm held at The Starbucks Coffeehouse located in Stroudsburg, PA in which artists, photographers, musicians, and other at all skill levels are welcomed. The next exhibition scheduled for The Shawnee Gallery will be their “Bedtime Stories Show” whose Artists’ Reception is Thursday December 9th featuring musicals performances by Billy Mack Collector and David Ohlerking. Please Contact The Stroudsburg Area Art Alliance (SAAA) at or explore their website at for more information.

My visitation to the Artists’ Reception was preceded by The Forwardian Arts Society very first Performing Arts Gathering outside the Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse in Stroudsburg, PA while guitarist Derek Tucker performed inside. It was a seasonable October evening in which many ideas on what this new aspect of our fellowship focusing on the arts of Theatre and Dance can explore for the coming Spring. These included holding a monthly evening of 10 minute plays presented in collaboration with local theatrical groups including ESU, hosting Play Reading Parties in which participants agree on a play to read, bring their copy of it, choose a part to portray, and simply read it to one another, hosting evenings filled with drumming and dance, and an evening of free style dancing. You’ll find more Photographs taken during the Gathering in The Forwardian Arts Society Performing Arts Lovers’ Gathering Gallery at

The Forwardian Arts Society is a fellowship for people who love the arts seeking to enhance the creative community by encouraging those interested in the arts to go forward toward their dreams, by supporting those groups and individuals who are manifesting their dreams through performances and/or presentations, and by loving them and all they do. The next gathering will take place on Wednesday October 20th at 7pm and all those who love Theatre and Dance are invited to attend to lend their ideas, talents, and organizational skills as we go forward together. Other future Gatherings to be held at The Cheeky Monky Coffeehouse include a Literary Lovers‘ Gathering on Thursday October 21st at 6pm and a Film Lovers‘ Gathering on Friday November 5th. Please Explore The Forwardian Arts Society Website at or call 570-269-3348 for mote information.

As previously mentioned, The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse presented the music of Guitarist Derek Tucker who played a series of cover tunes to delight those who were in attendance. It was a nice set to listen to prior to going next door to the Sherman Theatre to enjoy the “Villains and Heroes Show” previously written about in this article. You’ll find more Photographs in The Forwardian Arts Society Cheeky Monkey 2010 Gallery at

In addition to events like this one and The Forwardian Arts Society Gatherings, The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse hosts a number of events including poetry readings, film nights, and more. They also offer a variety of coffee, drinks, and culinary treats. Please Explore The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse Website at or call 570-420-8222 for more information

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