what began as a sunny day, The
Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, PA held their 1st
Annual Outdoor Art Show titled, “Nature at Work: Walking with the
Arts” on Sunday August 21st.
Although the meteorological conditions would change enough to shorten
my visit to the event, there were a great number of activities and
wonders to experience which inspired many attendees to brave the
rains. But, since I was experiencing the onset of a cold, I only
partook of a small sampling of what the day had to offer. Yet, that
sampling was quite a healthy one which left me to imagine what
delights could have been mine if I would have stayed.
day began when I arrived as the Inn's Parking lot. A shuttle awaited
the many car drivers and riders who were parked to eagerly drive us
to the festival. We were driven to the area in which the car show was
taking place. The beauty of the vehicles that populated roads during
a bygone era attracted my eye and I yearned to get closer to their
designs but I decided to enter the Inn's The Woodsgate Pavilion which
offered works created by the East Stroudsburg University of PA Art
Department featuring those of ProfessorsDarlene
Farris Labar, Joni Oye, Jocelyn Kolb, and students. Live snakes,
spiders, and turtles were also on display. In
other areas of the building, I encountered ArtistsSusan
Lebel, Tyler Bostic of Color of Life painting Darlene Hyde
Linda Stockman email@example.com,
Maria N. Filosa of Starchaser Designs Starchaser@aol.com,
and many more. I've met vendors such as Azuzu Dayo of Soap Muffin
Mrs. C www.facebook.com/mrscspoppyseed
who creates flavorful dressings and dipping oils, and more. It was
after my visit the the building did I venture outside as the rain
predicted for the day abated for the time being.
walked along a pathway leading to Stroudsmoor's 1-Mile Loop which is
a trail that overlooks the Cherry Valley Wildlife Refuge.
heard the sounds of music and, before I knew it, I reached the top of
a hill whereupon The
Woodland Chapel served as a bandstand.
The Lost Ramblers were playing the Bluegrass compositions that were
well known and loved by those who were present. The chapel was
surrounded by a number of vendors including Bonnie O' Fee
who displayed a plethora of creams and herbal products that were
concocted with love. It was during my visit did the prelude of a rain
storm arrive. So,
I reluctantly left the chapel in order to venture down to where the
car was parked. Even
though my day was interrupted by the weather, it proved to be an
enjoyable one. I look forward to attending their 2nd
festival with the hopes of a conducive climate so I may explore all
its wonders. In the meantime, you'll be able to view the photographs
I took during the 1st
Nature at Work - Walking with the Arts Festival in The Nature Working
It at the Stroudsmoor Gallery at
Country Inn in Stroudsburg, PA is well known as being “a
place where you can wake up your soul and put your cares to bed.”
is set atop its own 300 acre mountain overlooking the scenic vistas
of the area which includes the 30,000 acre Cherry Valley National
Wildlife Refuge. The
Nature at Work - Walking with the Arts Festival was established to
focus on the symbiotic relationship between the art of nature and the
nature of art. It was inspired by the growing concerns for the
reduction in untouched landscape and the angsts of keeping art as a
lesson learned for future generations. The show’s mission is to
capture the environment, as seen through the artists’ eyes, to
document a moment in time, and preserving it for years to come in the
hopes that its footprint will change only through the natural
processes of the earth; not the influences of an industrious mankind.
You can learn more about The Stroudsmoor Country Inn and all they
have to offer by exploring their Website at www.stroudsmoor.comor
their Facebook Page atwww.facebook.com/StroudsmoorCountryInn.
small gathering of art lovers descended the stairs from the streets
of Stroudsburg, PA to occupy The Origins Gallery for their Artists'
Reception that was held on Saturday August 20th.
The pieces populating their Just for Laughs Exhibition brought smiles
to those who viewed them along with a smattering of near uproarious
laughter which was heard on occasion. The evening included music
performed by Michael Kessler and the
venue's famous Art Raffle.
spending some time being amused by the images presented,
the Gallery's director, Jody Singer, greeted the intimate gathering
and proceeded to share news of upcoming events at the gallery as well
as those occurring throughout the town of Stroudsburg itself. Mr.
Singer's words were followed by the appearance of Mr. Kessler whose
renditions of light hearted compositions brought a smile to some,
laughter to others, and raised eyebrows to all.
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 to 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 Origins
Ha Ha Gallery at
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 Just for Laughs Exhibitionwill
be on display at the venue until August 31st.
Their next show will be their
Art Is In Everything
Exhibition. The Artists' Reception is scheduled for Saturday
at 6pm and will continue to be on display until September 17th.
All artists are invited to participate. The drop off dates are August
You can learn more about The Origins Gallery by exploring their
Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OriginsGalleryStroudsburg.
wondrous effects of a gentle evening filled The
Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery in Delaware Water Gap, PA as the
Artist's Reception for their Visually Speaking Exhibition on Friday
the thoughtful talents of Andrea Levergood-Flaherty. The sizable
gathering who came to experience the work were touched by not only
the expressive character of each piece but by the techniques employed
to manifest their concepts. These techniques enhanced the abstract
qualities of a number of compositions which entreated the viewer to
explore their imaginations more deeply in order to build upon the
representation in their minds.
work on display ranged from depictions of natural settings and
decorative pieces to those who spoke to a myriad of issues that
confronts the conscious of our times. The quiet whispering of the
images captured through the aesthetic eye of Ms. Levergood echoed
within the hearts and minds of each viewer until their profound
messages resonated throughout their essence. A power was found in
each image that lingered long after the reception reached it's
conclusion as evident in the numerous conversations that transpired
throughout the evening.
You'll find more photographs taken during the Artist's Reception in
The VisiSpeak at The Dutot Gallery at
Levergood-Flaherty has taught and continues to teach art to a variety
of ages in numerous settings. She had co-founded the Artspace
co-operative gallery and served as its Curator and Director from 1991
to 1996. The gallery is now part of The
PoconoArts Community Cultural Center located in Stroudsburg, PA.www.poconoarts.org
The techniques Ms. Levergood-Flaherty employs in her creations are
Encaustic painting, aka hot wax painting, which involves using heated
beeswax in the painting process and the use of Sumi Ink which is
known for it pure black properties. These techniques enhanced the
texture and depth of the works in which they were utilized thus
creating a more profound substance to the images she presented. You
can learn more about Andrea
Levergood-Flaherty and her work by exploring her Facebook Page at
Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery originated as a brick school house
built c. 1850 by Antoine Dutot who founded the town of Dutotsville
before it was renamed to Delaware Water Gap, PA. In addition to the
exhibitions presented at the gallery, the museum offers tours and
educational opportunities for those who would like to learn more
about the area. The Visually Speaking Exhibition featuring the work
will be on display until September 4th.
The Dutot's next Exhibition will be their Music Motif Show featuring
the work of local artists. An Artist's Reception is scheduled to be
held on Friday September 9th
beginning at 6pm. The exhibit will continue to be on display until
until September 18th.
The Artists' Reception and the exhibition will be a
part of the 39th
Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival. www.cotajazz.org
Please Explore The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery Facebook Page at
their Website at www.dutotmuseum.comfor
refreshing coolness of The
in Stroudsburg, PA enabled me to leave
the heat of a Hot and Sticky day upon the sidewalks on
Sunday August 14th
as I partook of
their weekly Open Mic Nite. The sight of the evening's featured
Freaks and Dream Catchers, rehearsing and performing sound checks
greeted my eyes and ears encouraging me to feel at home in a place I
haven't been to for a while. It was a good feeling which was enhanced
by being greeted by the friends I've met during my previous visits to
the venue. A hoagie ring created by The Bagel Experience which is
located in Brodheadsville, PA
and donated to the venue by Melissa Goleski caught my eye with its
deliciousness. It tasted as good as it looked.
a time, the band completed its preparations and it was time for those
wishing to share their talents to sign in so the order in which
performances would take place be established. Musicians, comedians,
poets, and dancers eagerly placed their names or nom de plume on the
list. It was soon after this ritual did the evening's co host,
Satilia Rose (aka Tilly), stepped upon the stage to welcome the large
gathering and to introduce the first performer.
some preparations in music, Bradley B. took the stage to perform his
high energy dance routine which ignited the audience with its fire.
He was followed by the appearance of co-host, Bobby Jo Moran, who
introduced comedian Joey Tepedino as the next performer who tried out
some new jokes of which he was unsure of their qualities. A great
deal of laughter emanating from the gathering proved to be
reassuring. Mr. Tepedio was followed by another comedian named, Erich
Drexler, whose topics ran from Tampon commercials to ancient ruins
found in Gentleman's Clubs. He was followed by another comedian known
as Chris Jones who examined the possibility of taking a shower
without music and radio commercials for the deaf. Mr. Jones was
followed by People More Responsible than Jack Shaffer which consisted
of Jack Shaffer on guitar sharing renditions of songs that flowed
upon the audience like a stream of fresh concepts. It was after Mr.
Shaffer's performance did co host, Dayanara Howard, take the stage to
introduce the featured band.
Freaks and Dream Catchers consists of Max
Maztrex on Lead Vocals/Keyboard, Evan Sevillano on Back-up
Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Lorenzo Masterson on Unclean Vocals/Lead
Guitar), Soulcatcher on Bass, and Tatiana Alexia on Drums. Together,
mesmerizing music led the gathering upon a journey which traveled
upon a road of asphalt dreams. Members of the audience joined the
band both instrumentally and in spirit during the course of the
extraordinary performance. It was very cool. Circus
Freaks and Dream Catchers is an Alternative Orchestral Rock band
which began in 2013. Their debut album titled, “Call To Arms,” is
scheduled for release in December 2016. Please explore The Circus
Freaks and Dream Catchers Facebook Page at
the conclusion of The
Freaks and Dream Catchers set, Joe Craig took the stage to bring a
coolness to the gathering that allowed the heart to dance. He was
followed Comedian George Litz who was off his meds and shared the
joys of masturbating with dead hooker hands. George was followed by
Kasper Glitterpuff whose poetic comedy dealt with the concepts of
controversy. He was followed by Nick Fuckit who told paper plate
jokes about life in a strip club, animals eating kids, and the KKK.
Nick was followed by Guitarist Mark Ferraro who guided the company
upon the gentleness of his instrumentals toward a quiet place within
their essence. Mr. Ferraro was followed by
Wilbium who brought the evening to a conclusion through his mesmeric
skills which entranced the room through his music.
It was as Wilbium's
performance resonated among the souls who were touched by it, did
Bobby Jo Moran bid everyone a fond farewell and invited them back for
the next Open Mic Nite which is
scheduled to take place Sunday
at 7pm with sign ins beginning at 6:30pm. The featured performer for
the evening will beK
poets, writers, and anyone who would like to share something with a
receptive audience are welcomed to do so. In the meantime, you'll
be able to view the photographs taken during the Sunday
A Freaky Circus of Dreams Gallery atwww.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155144796463761.1073742006.91146283760&type=3.
is located at 522 Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA. You'll be able to
view additional photographs taken during installments of their Open
Mic Nites Series by
their staff along with videos taken of interviews with the featured
artists and the performances of some who attended the event on their
Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom.In
addition to their Open Mic Nites Series, the venue also holds a
number of concerts and special events.Please
Explore The Sherman Showcase's Facebook Page at
Sherman Theater's Website atwww.shermantheater.com,or
by calling 570-421-2808 for more information.
an extremely hot summer day, I traveled to the town of Milford, PA on
An Artful Bears Community Picnic was being held at the Milford
Community House and the monthly Art After Dark event presented the
work of local artists in several galleries throughout the town. The
oppressive heat was enough to sap the energy of any ordinary mortals.
However, the overwhelming desire to kindle the passion of the day's
offerings provided each participant with super human abilities to
transform the thermodynamic
challenges into experiences that were very cool.
day in Milford began at the town's Community House whose front lawn
was the site of the Artful Bears Community Picnic. The event offered
free food and music while serving to initiate the 17th
Annual Black Bear Film Festival. The afternoon also provided
opportunities to chat with those who are intimately involved in the
endeavor. My arrival was met with the sight of the festival's
Executive Director, Will Voelkel, being interviewed by Wendy Stuart
for an on line broadcast to appear on the Festival's Facebook Page.
Laughter filled the conversation which would prove to be contagious
among the huge number of attendees as the day progressed.
grounds were strewed with objects under black sheets of which many
eyed with anticipation. This anticipation was instilled by the
knowledge that artists throughout the community have created special
sculptures of Bears to be revealed later that day. The local media
was present and eagerly sought out the artists who created the
three-dimensional figures along with those who served the festival in
administrative capacities in order to share their comments and
insights with their audience. These individuals were also sought out
by the many attendees as well as their desire to learn more about the
festival and the art that was to be revealed ignited their curiosity.
addition to the wonderful foods and the delightful conversations that
populated the day, music was performed by guitarist Ernie Kara
(570-269-4422). The soothing sounds emanating from his instrument and
voice added a flavor to the afternoon which made it even more
enjoyable. A wide variety of songs were played that incited the ear
to listen while recalling the day it was first embraced as a life
memory by the heart. It was after a time when the festival's
Executive Director, Will Voelkel, took the stage in order to welcome
the gathering and to share news of what was to come throughout the
year leading up to the festival's screening and exploring of
independent films in October. He then introduced the co Presidents of
the festival, Amy Eisenberg and Amy Bridge. Ms. Eisenberg proceeded
to extend a great deal of appreciation to all who made the day
possible. These included the Artful Bear Artist Coordinator, Timothy
Moreland, the Artful Bear Logistics Coordinator, Valerie Brairton,
and Festival's social media
specialist, Richard D’Ambrosia.
It was at the conclusion of her heartfelt sentiments did she begin
the process of unveiling the bears.
Ms. Eisenberg called out the artist's name and the name of the piece,
the artist pulled away the concealing sheet in order to reveal the
creation. The pieces would then be moved to various locations
throughout the town after the picnic concluded. Each revelation was
met with a great deal of applause and the clicking of many cameras.
The first of these sculptures was created by Lynn Rideout and is
titled, “Go! Bearriett Go!” The piece was sponsored by The
Litzenberger Foundation and is now placed at The Pike County Public
Library. The next sculpture was created by Craig Smedley and is
titled, “Bearings” and is now placed at Jorgenson's at the
Dimmick. The next sculpture was created by Jesse Clemente and is
titled, “Keith Bearing” The piece was sponsored by Milford
Chrysler and is now placed at The JIVE Bar and Lounge. The next
sculpture was created by Beau Gostomsky and is titled, “There....
Bearly” The piece was sponsored by The Hotel Fauchere and is now
placed at The Pastisserie Fauchere. The next sculpture was created by
Cera Alber and the UDGLBT P3 and is titled, “Finding Bearself”
The piece is now placed at The Key Food Marketplace. The next
sculpture was created by Laurie Benjamin and students of the
Dingman-Delaware Middle School and is titled, “Go! Bearriett Go!”
The piece is now placed at Citizen's Bank. The next sculpture was
created by Nat Yingling and is titled, “Bar Bear-Ian!” The piece
was sponsored by Kahr Arms and is now placed at Luhr's True Value
Hardware. The next sculpture was created by Joe Petrosi and is
titled, “Mirra Beara Bella” The piece is now placed at Davie R.
Chant Real Estate. The next sculpture was created by Robin Lennon
and is titled, “Lady Galactica” The piece is now placed at
WAL-MART. The next sculpture was created by Richard D' Ambrosia and
is titled, “Superbear” The piece is now placed at Progressive
Health of PA. The final sculpture was created by Amy Row and is
titled, “Bearve Heart” The piece is now placed at The Milford
the final statue was revealed, the company of art lovers lingered
with the bears to capture more images at variant perspectives and to
commune with the piece's spirit. The afternoon progressed to the
announcement of a raffle in which a bear created during the previous
year was being offered as the prize. The tickets were selected and
the numbers were called. Each ticket holder eyed the sequence of
their numeric hopes until the corresponding digits were revealed. A
thundering exclamation echoed from the crowd as the winner came forth
to claim his prize. He was soon met with a chorus of congratulatory
sentiments by the gathering as he verified his ticket to be the
winning one. This included those given by Smokey the Bear who visited
the event. It was soon after this did members of the gathering begin
to leave the picnic. Farewells were shared as was the excitement of
upcoming events associated with The Black Bear Film Festival
throughout the Summer and Fall months. It was a great time filled
with a lot of fun and wonderful conversations. It was good to make
Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) is a non-profit organization
dedicated to spreading joy and building community through the art of
film. They do this by presenting exceptional independent films to the
public, hold various events to celebrate the art and craft of film
making, and partner with schools to inspire students to become
filmmakers and aficionados of film. BBFF is run by volunteers and is
sustained by members, sponsors, advertisers, and donors. The climax
Annual Black Bear Film Festival will be held October 14th
to the 16th
with screenings, workshops, and salons in various locations. You can
learn more about The 17th
Annual Black Bear Film Festival by exploring their Facebook Page at
or their Website atwww.blackbearfilm.com.
my farewells came to their conclusion, the quaint streets of the town
summoned me as the monthly Art After Dark event began. The phenomenon
provides visitors an opportunity to explore the creative aspects of
the borough and it's citizenry. It has been several years since I've
partook of the aesthetic adventure and I was glad to embark upon it
again. The first venue I visited was The Golden Fish Gallery.
my arrival to the venue, I was immediately greeted by it's owner,
John Longendorfer, who opened the establishment in 1997 with his son
Edwin. We chatted about many things including the Milford art scene
which I was eager to learn more about. The gallery hosted a number of
works created by a multitude of artists ranging from fantastical
sculpted pieces to pen and ink drawings. The quality of the creative
endeavors provided a source of pleasure to the eye while allowing a
meaningfulness to touch the heart of the viewer. You can learn more
about The Golden Fish Gallery by exploring their Facebook Page at
or their Website at www.goldenfishgallery.com.
an enjoyable visit, I ventured outside the gallery where some
individuals from a group known as Pride and Purpose
had several items on display for sale. These included African wild
animals sculpted from Soda Cans. I then continued to travel the
sidewalks of Milford until I came across The Artisan Exchange
who housed a variety of sculpted and two dimensional items. Their
huge inventory was impressive and it took quite some time to partake
of the enjoyment these pieces embodied both individually and
collectively. However, I did eventually exit the establishment and
continued across the street to my next destination.
The ARTery Gallery
held an Artists' Reception for their August Exhibition featuring the
work of June Ponte and Rosealind Hodgkins.
The work of these two extraordinary artists proved to be a stark
contrast to one another while being simultaneously complimentary. The
darkened shadows found in Ms. Ponte's portraits, which included those
of Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde, and John Lennon, created a mood
within the frame that moved the viewer toward a deeper fascination of
the subject. Ms. Hodgkins' work revealed the bright hues inherent in
the subjects she uniquely capture on her canvas allowing them to move
beyond the frame to become reflections of the eternal joys that dwell
within the heart and soul. Together, their approaches to the art of
making art exhibited the vastness of the human experience.
work of other artists populated the gallery alongside those created
by Ms. Ponte and Hodgkins. They included Liza J. Smith-Simpson
Debbie Gioello www.debbiegioello.com,
and the gallery's curator, Marie Liu www.mliuart.com.
Their work (and those of others) further enhanced the flow of the
gallery as each individual of the large number of attendees explored
the groupings of images that were placed within the maze like
interiors upon which each turn down the corridors became an intrigue
as the wonders of entire exhibition were discovered. You'll
find more photographs of my adventures in the arts in The Black Bears
and Dark Arts in Milford Gallery at
Hodgkins received her BFA Degree from The Pratt Institute in
Brooklyn, NY in 1965. She also studied at the Art Students League in
New York, NY and at The Hull College of Art in England. Ms. Hodgkins
also studied philosophy at the New School in New York, NY. After
living and developing an art career in New York City for over 40
years, she currently lives and paints in Port Jervis, NY. Ms.
Hodgkins utilizes unusual scale, invented perspective, shadows, and
reflections as well as symbols and metaphors to construct a narrative
picture of images of nature seen from an imagined vantage point
originating from common frames of reference such as the cycle of
seasons and other phenomena of nature. You can learn more about
Rosealind Hodgkins and her work by exploring her Website atwww.rozhodgkins.com.
Ponte is a self-taught artist who lives in Stillwater, NJ and creates
portraits of creative historic figures along with paintings laced
with mystic symbolism which evolves from her work as a spiritual
medium. Ms. Ponte
is also the author and crafts designer of “Fun and Simple State
Crafts” which is a series of nine children’s
crafts books published by Enslow Publishers.
Ms. Ponte's abilities as a mediumistic empath enables her to connect
sitters with their loved ones on the other side while assisting her
clients in realizing that life does go on even after “death.” You
can learn more about June Ponte, her art, and her psychic abilities
by calling 973-864-4480,
or by exploring her Website at www.njpsychicmedium.net.
ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA is located in the town's historic
Forest Hall and began in the summer of 1999. The Artery is a
cooperative owned and operated by over 15 successful and emerging
artists and artisans from the Tri-State (NY, NJ, PA) area who has
shown their work throughout the world. The gallery's exhibitions are
well known for their
eclectic character as each artist in the collective have their own
definitive style and approach toward their medium. The current
exhibition for August featuring the work of June Ponte and Rosealind
Hodgkins will continue to be on display until September 5th.
The next exhibition will be their September show featuring the works
John Capanna, Al Rosser, and Carol Margreither. The Artists'
Reception is scheduled for Saturday September 10th
beginning at 6pm during the town's Art After Dark event and will
continue to be on display until October 3rd.
You can learn more information about The ARTery Gallery, their
upcoming exhibits, their members, and how to become a member by
exploring their Facebook Page at
and their Website at www.arterygallerymilford.com.