arrived at The Sherman Theater's Living Room Gallery in Stroudsburg,
PA on Saturday August 15th
about a half hour before the Artists' Reception for their themed Hot
Summer Nights Exhibition was scheduled to begin. So, since I have
learned a number of murals by St'Art Stroudsburg
were being worked on that day, I decided to walk around the town to
visit the sites and, hopefully, chat with the artists who were
working on them. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the sites, the
artists were done for the day and no one were there. Yet, the
magnificence of the work that had been done was a wonder for the eyes
and heart. I then walked back to the Living Room and it was nearly
time for the Reception to begin.
went inside and relaxed upon one of the soft, comfortable chairs that
populated the venue. A smattering of people came in to view the work
which was created by Matthew Shayka
and Emily Mariana Murphy along with local artists who provided their
interpretations of the exhibit's theme. It was a quiet time until
about two hours into the reception when the gallery's curator, Joy
Taney, welcomed those who were there and announced that artist,
Matthew Shayka, was about to give an incredible demonstration on how
he creates his pieces through the force of electricity.
magic, a crowd appeared within the venue and gathered about Mr.
Shayka as he hooked electrodes that were wired to an automobile
battery to a small blank of wood. He then painted some specified
areas of the board with a liquid that was a mixture of water and
baking soda. The current was turned on and vein like lines began to
etch themselves into the wood producing flames and an unpleasant
smell. The smell was a bit daunting but the hypnotic sight of
watching art being created in this unique matter known as Electro
Burning overrode the olfactory senses of those who stared as the
process in amazement. It was after Mr. Shayka's spellbinding
demonstration did Ms. Taney echoed the gathering's appreciation for
the experience and announced future exhibits to be held at the
gallery. She also announced that the bands King Dead
and Cascavel www.facebook.com/cascaveltheband
would be playing later that evening. In addition to this, she
mentioned an art raffle was to take place and invited all to purchase
a ticket so they may win a piece of art donated by a local artist.
excitement of the art and Mr. Shayka's demonstration along with the
anticipation of what to expect during the remainder of the evening
filled the room with quited a bit of energy. Conversations were
shared as tasty s'mores were devoured between each word uttered.
However, the evening hours past by and I felt a tiredness that bade
me to rest. So, I went home without experiencing the bands or the
much anticipated raffle. Still, I know from past experiences, that
all that was about to transpire would be a wonder to those who
stayed. You'll find more photographs taken during the Artists'
Reception in A Hot Summer Night And Some Wood Was Burning Gallery at
Sherman Theater's Living Room is located 522 Main Street in
Stroudsburg, PA. The
Hot Summer NightExhibition
continues to be on display until September 6th.
Their next exhibition will be an Open Show which local artists will
be given an opportunity to create anything their inspirations leads
Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday September 12th
beginning at 6pm. The drop of date for artists who wish to place
their work in the show is Monday September
2pm until 8pm. Please
contact the gallery at 570-421-2808 for more information.
addition to the art exhibitions, The
Sherman Theater's Living Room
holds a number of concerts and a weekly Open Mic Series
that occurs every Sunday evening beginning at 6pm.
The later event welcomes all who wish to explore their talents in a
welcoming atmosphere. You can learn more about The
Sherman Theater's Living Room
and how it serves the community by exploring their Facebook Page at