Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Creation of Contrasts

The Dreamland Creations in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists Reception on Sunday September 5th featuring the work of numerous artists for their exhibition titled, “The Black and White Show.” As with all their themed shows, Dreamland Creations encouraged artists to devise their own interpretation to what a world consisting of Black and White world and its many shades of grey would entail. This led to a wide variety of styles and subjects presented in various mediums ranging from simple depictions silhouettes entreating the imagination to portraits revealing the stark aspects of the human soul the use of color seems to obscure.

In all the visual arts (including film), it is interesting how the usage of Black and White often makes the images it represents more real than those depicted in color. This is in spite of the fact we naturally see our world in color. Yet, there is something about this lack of color that makes us pay more attention to the detail of what we’re seeing and entices us to explore the vast contrasts and shadows we find. It is said humans didn’t always perceive the world in color and perhaps images presented in Black and White calls to our collective primeval souls to reflect on our beginnings. This refection can be why we perceive them in a more profound way.

The reception concluded with a performance by the duo “You and Charlie” 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 at

Those artists participating in “The Black and White Show” include David B. Schappert, M. J. McCauley, Rendi, Helen Victoria, Rob VanNess, Jake Roth, J. J. Shlutz, Don Menza, Narlene Jacobs, Shane Izykowski, Sherley Escribano, Abby Braman, Sander Martijn, Barbara Courouble, Amber Trulio, Kailei (Kat) Picciotti, Ben Gilmore, Medi, Hayley Lushinsky, Thomas Augusta, Andrew Collenburg, Peter Ambush, Mark Purcell, Judy Zarach, Tim Nebel, Derek McCauley, Jamie Ratchford, Sometimes Confuse You With Isis, Charles Hanson, Abbe Auringer, Joe Landolfa, Stephan Lippay, Allison Gray, Nate Klingel, Kyle Kuczuma, Wil Mohenhoff, Victoria Penna, Kari, and Paul (yeah, that‘s me). The Exhibition continues until September 29th.

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 Life and Death Show.” The reception will take place Sunday October 3rd beginning at 4pm. The Exhibition will continue until October 31st. 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. Hardly anyone attended but it was nice to relax a bit until the hour of “The Black and White Show” Reception arrived. The Next Visual Art Lovers Gathering is yet to be scheduled to take place Sunday October 3rd at 3pm at The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse prior to “The Life and Death Show.”

The Forwardian Arts Society next scheduled Gatherings and Events at The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse will be a Music Lovers’ Gathering on Thursday September 16th at 6pm, a Literary Lovers’ Gathering on Thursday September 23rd at 6pm, a Film Lovers‘ Gathering featuring the film, “Zardoz“ on Friday October 1st at 7pm, and an Artists’ Reception on Saturday October 2nd showcasing artists and photographers who entered their work in our first juried exhibition titled, “Cover to Cover.” The Forwardian Arts Society will also host “ArtSmash3 of the Poconos: ArtSmash meets PoconoArts Squared” on Saturday September 25th in conjunction with The PoconoArts Council event.

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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