Monday, July 12, 2010

Pinning Up Some Creations

The Dreamland Creations in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists Reception on Sunday July 11th featuring the work of numerous artists for their exhibition titled, “The Pinup Show.” As with all their themed shows, Dreamland Creations encouraged artists to devise their own interpretation to what a “Pinup” is. This led to a wide variety of styles and subjects presented in various mediums ranging from simple depictions of a pretty girl in a bathing suit in keeping in the traditional understanding of what Pinups are to elaborately staged pieces that invited a whole new perspective to the term.

While it was fascinating to see how the creative imagination of a skilled artist can be manifested and therefore giving the concept a new dimension, it was also quite interesting to see how the artists approached the show’s theme in the traditional manner. It’s very challenging to create something and maintain a sense of originality from a concept whose style is recognizable and almost every aspect of its presentation have been explored. It was a pleasure to see the artists who interpreted the show’s theme in this way to not only meet this challenge but to surpass the aspirations of those who originated it and made it popular.

The reception concluded with a performance by Rezlep and the Apparatus whose Cabaret style renditions of original music filled room with smiles and laughter. This proved to be a delightful ending to a wonderful evening of meaningful art, congenial conversation, and long lasting memories formed throughout the Dreamland Creation’s halls. This led many to eagerly anticipate next month’s gathering of friends and artists. You’ll find more photographs taken during the reception in The Forwardian Arts Society Dreamland Creations 2010 Gallery.

Those artists participating in “The Pinup Show” include Brianna N. Ace, David B. Schappert, M. J. McCauley, Rendi, Helen Victoria, Rob VanNess, Richard Harris, Jr., Jake Roth, Martelle, J. J. Schutz, Kelly Perini, Chris Francz, Don Menza, Denise VanNess, Narlene Jacobs, Shane Izykowski, Sherley Escribano, Timothy Webec, Bud LaRosa, Abby Braman, Lorna Doone Baker, Sander Martijn, Earl Kess, and Paul Adam Smeltz (yeah, that‘s me). The Exhibition continues until July 30th.

The Dreamland Creations in Stroudsburg, PA serves as a studio where individuals can adorn their forms with a variety of body art such as tattoos and piercing reaching out to the vast community of conventional and non mainstream artists throughout the area. Their next Artists’ Reception will feature a variety of artists in an exhibition titled, “The Portrait Show.” The reception will take place Sunday August 1st beginning at 4pm. The Exhibition will continue until August 30th. Please Explore The Dreamland Creations Website at or call 570-421-6313 for more information about the artists, the current and future exhibitions, and all they have to offer.

Prior to the Artists’ Receptions at Dreamland Creations, The Forwardian Arts Society held their monthly Visual Arts Gathering at the neighboring Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse. A small number of people attended and chatted for a bit until the hour of “The Pinup Show” Reception approached. The Next Visual Art Lovers Gathering is yet to be scheduled but suggestions regarding dates, times, and locations are welcomed. Their next scheduled Gatherings and Events will be a Music Lovers’ Gathering at The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse on Thursday July 15th at 6pm, “ArtSmash 2 of the Poconos: West End Style” (in conjunction with in Blakeslee, PA, and a Literary Lovers’ Gathering at The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse on Thursday July 15th at 6pm.

The Forwardian Arts Society is a fellowship for people who love the arts seeking to enhance the creative community by encouraging those interested in the arts to go forward toward their dreams, by supporting those groups and individuals who are manifesting their dreams through performances and/or presentations, and by loving them and all they do. Please Explore The Forwardian Arts Society Website at or call 570-269-3348 for more information about the fellowship and all it has to offer.

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