Sunday, July 31, 2016

Abstracting the Origins of Art

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

During the early moments of the Artists' Reception for the Abstract Expressionism Exhibition held at The Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday July 23rd, a trickling of people ventured down the stairs to view the wonders of the work. However, as a relatively short time passed, the gallery soon filled with art lovers sharing conversation and insights relating to the work they explored. The abstract aspects of the well constructed work that was on display enticed the imagination of the viewer as shapes and dimensions begged the mind to place them in some assemblage of order. The expressionistic qualities of the work expanded upon this imaginativeness as the colors of the objects depicted left an undefined gap in the mind's understanding of what constitutes reality thus inciting it to complete the picture.

This process of expanding the psyche of those who attended the reception was further enhanced by the mesmeric music performed by guitarist Walter Lee. A range of electronically induced instrument and vocal accompanists sailed in the estuaries of each listener's dreams until the bows of each song touched the shores of wonderments. The eclectic variety of genres enchanted the audience as each song was composed either in a memory of past awarenesses or in the foresights of lives to come. Mr. Lee is a member of a band called, “South of the Peak.” His experimental and psychedelic stylings form a canorous relationship with the differing musical approaches of his band mates Ian Kirk and Ty Nordstrom. You can learn more about Walter Lee and South of the Peak by exploring their Facebook Page at or their upcoming Website at

As the echoes of Mr. Lee's renderings lingered in the mind of all who wandered through them, the gallery's famous art raffle took place. The lovely pieces that were offered were made even lovelier by Ms. Marty Carr who displayed each coveted item to the numerous ticket holders. The pangs of excitement stirred as each digit of the tickets selected by the gallery's director, Jody Singer, were called out. Peals of laughter and joy rang out as the identity of each winner was revealed. The final item was eventually won and Walter Lee returned to the stage to share a few more songs as those in attendance shared their parting words and departed the gallery. Soon, the final notes from Mr. Lee's guitar sounded and the evening was drawn to its conclusion. You can view photographs taken during the Artists' Reception of the exhibit in The Abstracting the Origins of Art Gallery at

The 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 Abstract Expressionism Exhibition will be on display at the venue until August 3rd. Their next show will be their Social Realism Exhibition. The Artists' Reception is scheduled for Saturday August 6th beginning at 6pm. All artists are invited to participate. The drop off dates are August 3rd and 4th. You can learn more about The Origins Gallery by exploring their Facebook Page at or their Website at

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