great number of art lovers converged upon The PoconoArts Cultural
Center in Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday
as the venue held
an Artists' Reception for their Abstraction
Exhibition in the Center's ARTSPACE Gallery. A myriad of approaches
to the genre were revealed as those who visited the gallery peered
into the obscurely defined images and intentionally unfinished lines
and shadows deftly manifested through the participating artists'
talents. These aesthetic renderings allowed each viewer to explore
the work on a subconscious level and complete the experience of what
was not readily shown in their own minds.
large number of people who were present inspired a great deal of
conversation about the art. Almost without exception everyone
commented upon the quality of the work and how the entire exhibit
exemplifies the essential attributes of the genre. A number of
artists who participated in the show shared that creating abstract
art wasn't either their forte or it was an approach they seldom
utilized. These artists, however, expressed a great deal of
appreciation for the exhibit as it challenged them to go beyond their
artistic norms so they could explore new avenues of expression.
exhibition is a juried one and Deborah Slahta served as its Judge
with awards given out to those whose work were considered to be even
more exceptional than those created by their peers. The recipients of
the awards were Jason Scott Williamson who received the Third Place
Award for his piece titled, “Gateway,” Vincent Buchinsky who
received the Second Place Award for his piece titled, “Blood Moon
I,” and Will Rothfuss who received the First Place Award for his
piece titled, “Miami.” There were a number of artists who were
considered worthy to receive Honorable Mention. They were Tricia
Lowrey Lippert for her work titled, “Chinatown,” R. Gordon Perry
for his work titled, “Crystal Gardens,” and Laurinda Faye Rubin
for her work titled, “Waves of Color.” Although Ms. Slahta could
not attend the reception, her reflections of the winning pieces where
shared through written assessments which were read by the gallery's
curator, Claire Marcus, as their prizes were bestowed upon them.
Slahta graduated from Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA with a
Bachelors of Science in Mathematics in 1977. However, while still
enrolled in college, she fell in love with the intimately intense and
physical involving art of clay shaping when she took an elective in a
studio ceramics class to fulfill one of the liberal arts requirements
of the school. During the next 30 plus years since graduating, Ms.
Slahta has continuously produced finely crafted raku and stoneware
pottery as well as teaching the ceramic arts at the Banana Factory in
Bethlehem, PA where she was accepted as a resident juried artist. You
can learn more about Deborah Slahta and her work by exploring her
Facebook Page at
or her Website at www.debslahta.com.
addition to the Abstraction exhibit presented in The PoconoArts
Community Cultural Center’s Artspace Gallery, a collection of works
created by Dee Huxster was shown throughout the Center's Studio
Gallery. Ms. Huxster has been a well appreciated part of the Pocono
Arts Council and other area community endeavors for a number of
years. However, she left the area recently to take up residence in
the southern regions of the United States. Ms. Huxster's departure is
currently being marked by a special ongoing display of her varied
pieces which are for sale at half their regular prices.
The work can be explored and purchased during the center’s business
hours. In the meantime, you'll find more images taken during the
Artists' Reception in the An
Afternoon Filled with Abstractions
Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154557941123761.1073741940.91146283760&type=3.
PoconoArts Community Cultural Center 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. The Abstraction Exhibition
continues to be on display until February
Visiting the center and exploring the exhibit could not recommend
more as the work is truly something wonderful to experience.
next exhibition scheduled to take place at The PoconoArts Community
Cultural Center is their 23rd
Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition to be on display in their
ARTSPACE Gallery. The Artists' Reception is scheduled for Friday
beginning at 5pm although it could be held on Saturday March 12th
beginning at 1pm. Regardless of the Reception's date and time, the
work will continue to be shown until approximately March 30th.
The exhibit is open to area secondary school students who are
encouraged and welcomed to participate. The Drop Off Date is March
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 www.poconoarts.org.