Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Photogenic Artspace

Photography by Paparazzi Paul

Across the backdrop of a picture perfect day, the PoconoArts Community Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists' Reception for their their 2nd Annual Photography Exhibition on Saturday August 6th. A sizable gathering of art lovers congregated within the center's Artspace gallery to view and oogle the images that graced its walls. The range of styles and approaches ranged from the traditional picturesque renderings of ordinary subjects that became extraordinary through the photographer's skill to the abstract depictions recreated by the imagination of the image capturer.

The show was a juried one and the daunting task of selecting those befitting an award went to Anne K. Sikorski-Schneider who is from Coopersburg, PA and has taught art for over 35 years. She has received several awards for her work which has been shown in several exhibition throughout the Lehigh Valley, PA Area. You'll be able to view Ms. Sikorski-Schneider work at

The awards ceremony began as member of the Pocono Arts Council Board of Directors, Jack Swersie, shared his appreciative welcoming sentiments with the gathering before revealing the winning photographers. The photographer who received the Third Place Award was Andrea Robbins-Rimberg for the work titled, “Iguana,” the Second Place Award went to Cortney Torres for the work titled, “At The Station,” and the First Place Award was given to Gabrielle Felix for the work titled, “Car Wash.” Ms. Felix furthered distinguished herself by being the first foremost award recipient to also gain an Honorable Mention for her work titled, “Space Divide.” Other Honorable Mentions included Laurinda Faye Rubin for the work titled, “Enchanted Bridge,” Terry Kloiber for the work titled, “William Penn Fire Tower,” and Maddie Kash for the work titled, “Landour Bakery.” A hearty round of appreciative applause was sounded in order to congratulate the recipients.

The artists' Reception for The 2nd Annual Photography Exhibition proved to be a wonderful late afternoon occasion to experience some incredible images, good conversation, and the thrill of witnessing a photographer receiving their much coveted award. It is well worth a visit while the exhibit remains open. The 2nd Annual Photography Exhibition housed within The Pocono Arts Cultural and Community Center's ArtSpace Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA will be on display until August 27th. The next exhibit at the center will be their Local Landmarks Exhibition with the Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday September 3rd. The exhibit will be on display until September 24th. The exhibition is open to all artists and the drop off date is August 29th. You'll find more photographs taken during the Artists' Reception in the A Photogenic Artspace Gallery at

The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA 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. 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

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