Monday, August 08, 2011

Dreaming with a Little Help from their Friends

The Dreamland Creations in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists’ Reception on Sunday August 7th for The Collaboration Show. The exhibition was designed to provide an opportunity for artists to combine their talents and visions with other artists in order to create something which may just lead their individual creative perspectives in a new and vibrant direction. This is a wonderful extension the Tattoo Studios offers local artists who would like to share their work in an atmosphere which encourages a cutting edge approach to creative expression that established galleries would be too frightened to alienate the conservative patrons to present.

While much of the work in The Collaboration Show presented pieces which combined styles of artists that intermingled in very interesting ways, there were quite a number pieces which brought to life a new form that went beyond the individual artists previous works. These works may be best described as mutations in which a newly discovered vein of creativity was developed without any trace of the genetic code of the artists are recognized. These pieces were even more exciting to experience and leave one wondering what the future work created by the artists as they return to their individual renderings will be like now that they have been deeply influenced by their collaborators.

The music for the reception was provided by Dale Stephens with selections from his upcoming CD titled, “Metropolitan Memoirs” performed. He was joined by Sigurdur Sigurdsson on Bass Guitar, Michael Demarest on Drums, and Chimu Osiris Chiosu on vocals while Dale performed on Lead Guitar. The sounds proved to be a quite eclectic mix ranging from smooth hypnotic melodious journeys to heavy metal and “screamo” styles. All pleased an avid audience who found the entire performance an enjoyable one which complimented the show and the work it displayed. You’ll be able to experience the music of Dale Stephens at

The visual artists participating in “The Collaboration Show” include (as collaborated) Myke Maldonado and Jill Reinartz, Mark Purcell and Donald Twist, Myke Maldonado and Hethur Babka, Crystal Handelong, Aurora Jaidin Smith, and Thaddeus Damon, Victoria Penna and Richie Murder, John Kolbek and RenDi, Myke Maldonado and Ka-son Reeves, Shirley Escribano and Myke Maldonado, Emilio and E. J. Arostegui, RenDi and Myke Maldonado, Shirley Escribano and Chris Frantz, Capozzolo and Parsons, Brian Despain and RenDi, Myke Maldonado and Abby Braman, and Paul (yeah, that‘s me) and Rose (my niece). The Exhibition continues until September 26th. You’ll find more photographs taken during the reception in The Dreamland Creations 2011 Gallery at

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 numerous artists who will present their work for an exhibition titled, “The Monster Show.” The reception will take place Sunday October 2nd beginning at 4pm. The Exhibition will continue until December 27th. 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.


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