Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA held a Coffee House Night on
Thursday May 21st.
The evening featured music from the duet known at“Woodrow”www.facebook.com/wearewoodrow
which consists of Theresa Ratcliff on vocals and Brian Brancamp on
vocals and Guitar.
The evening also presented poetry, music, and comedy from members of
the audience. It all concluded with an Art Raffle which topped off a
great night to relax with friends.
one entered The
Origins Gallery, an Artisan
Cup was given to each attendee who provided the $3.00 entry fee. The
comfortable and welcoming environment of the gallery invited the
audience to sit and enjoy what was about to transpire. Raffle tickets
were plentiful and were made available to those who wished to
purchase them with the hopes of winning an item that was being
offered as a prize. After a short time, the show began.
did so as the gallery's assistant Curator, Ashley Catherine Fontones,
shared her appreciative welcome with the audience as well as some
news relating to the venue's future endeavors as well as those by the
artistic community as a whole. This included the newly formed St'Art
Stroudsburg who is planning on flying a drone around Stroudsburg, PA
to capture the flavor of the town especially as it's expressed
through the Murals that were created last year by Project Street Art.
They also hope to fly the drones in East Stroudsburg, PA to capture
the images of the murals created there and along the scenic route 611
toward Delaware Water Gap, PA. In the meantime, the group will begin
a painting project involving local businesses on Saturday August 1st
to commemorate the 200th
Anniversary of the formation of Stroudsburg, PA. The
St'Art Stroudsburg projects are affiliated with the PoconoArts
Council and are led by Kevin Comier, Ashley Catherine Fontones, and
Jody Singer (Curator) of The Origins Gallery.
Ms. Fontones concluded her remarks, Carlton
(aka The Carlton)
took the stage to share his welcoming comments along with those which
reflected life in general. He then introduced Woodrow who began
performing a series of songs that enchanted and entranced all who
opened their soul to them. These songs included those by The Grateful
Dead of which Ms. Ratcliff
shared a poem she composed that was inspired by it and an original
piece written by Mr. Brancamp titled, “Walking to the Moon” that
proved to be very well structured and filled with layers of
meaningful lyrics while maintaining a simplistic countenance through
the music embodied in it. Ms.
also belted out her rendition of the song titled, “Every Little
Thing She Does is Magic” which was performed by the band known as
The Police and recorded on their 1981 Album, “The Ghost in the
Machine,” but was written by a band member known as “Sting” in
1977 as a demo recording for the band known as “Strontium
90” who would later evolve into “The Police.”
performance concluded with a haunting version of the Jefferson
Airplane song “White Rabbit.”
the echoes of Wonderland and its hallucinatory effects filled the
room, The Carlton took the stage to announce a break would ensue
while he shared some thoughts with the audience. He then shared some
poetry which told the stories of the soul after the break was over.
The Carlton then introduced Ashley Johnson who shared poetry
reflecting the dreams of identity. She was followed by Jake Hammond
who shared his comic insights relating to many life topics that
induced laughter. Jake was followed by RenDi Young of The Altar
Tattoo Shop www.facebook.com/TheAltarStudios?pnref=about.overview
who shared some poetry which brought a smile to many who felt its
truths. Mr. Young was followed by Cee Rock
never fails to mesmerize an audience with his voice and guitar as his
performance of songs he has written along with those he covers
enhances their perceptions of the concepts each composition conveys.
Cee Rock completed his set, a man know simply as “Brad” shared
his thoughts on a variety of topics with the audience. It was after
Brad's commentary did the evening's raffle begin. Excitement filled
the air as each ticket was drawn and their numbers were read out.
This was followed by the appearance of Comedian Russell Austin
who took the stage to share tales of his life whose universality
inspired laughter. He was followed by The Carlton who shared his
appreciation to the audience along with some parting sentiments. It
was at that time did the company bid their fare wells to each other
as they looked forward to returning to the venue again for their
future events. You can view more photographs taken during The
Origins Gallery May 21st
Coffee House Night at
addition to the Coffee House Night, The Origins Gallery in
Stroudsburg, PA host a number of bi-monthly (mostly) themed art
exhibitions featuring artists from the local and surrounding areas.
Their current exhibit is titled “3-Volley”
and it features the never before seen works of Emilio T Ranieri, Ed
Cormier, Adolf “Hank” Aldrich. Their work will be on display
until May 31st.
Their next exhibition is titled, “Napkin Shmapkin - Whatever
Happened to Saturday Morning Cartoons?” and will feature the work
of local artist Artists who have created images on framed napkins.
The Artists Reception is scheduled for Saturday June 6th
beginning at 6pm and the exhibit will be on display until June 30th.
Artists are invited to share their work for the exhibit by dropping
their endeavors off at the gallery on Thursday June 4th
from 5pm until 8pm and Friday June 5th
from 2pm until 6pm.
Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA opens its doors to emerging and
established artists and performers including musicians, poets, and
actors. The gallery also offers a variety of workshops and classes
designed to magnify the creative instinct that lies within. You can
learn more about The Origins Gallery and how it serves the community
by exploring their Facebook Page at
their Website at www.originsgallery.org.