Monday, July 11, 2016

Not Just Another Pic On The Wall

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

On a chilled but humid evening, a modestly sized group of art lovers converged upon The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery in Delaware Water Gap, PA on Friday July 8th to experience an Artist's Reception which shared the work of Melissa Perhamus with them. The exhibit is titled, “Mergence” and it's aptly named as the work immediately creates a sense of gathering unto oneself all the elements that makes us whole. One cannot help but to be enchanted by the colors illuminating from each piece as they flow within the space of their frames and whirl into the realm of the dreams that dwell beyond their ever-expanding boundaries.

The placement of maps found within the work symbolized the stations we've found ourselves paused within during the course of our lives as well as the undiscovered destinations we incomprehensibly chase after. The ghostly trees that are often sighted in Ms. Perhamus' work reminds us of the age long travelers who have seen these roads before and gives us a sense of belonging as we thoughtfully comprehend our impermanence. The conversations inspired during the exhibit populated the gallery with their joy and introspection. You'll find more photographs taken during the Artist's Reception in The Not Just Another Pic On The Wall Gallery at
Melissa Perhamus was born in Oneida, NY. When she was 7, her family moved to Perry, NY where she had an experience that ignited a passion for the arts. She pursued this passion throughout high school and won a number of awards while a student there. She later went on to earn a BA in Studio Art from SUNY Potsdam. Ms. Perhamus has lived in the Lehigh Valley, PA for nearly 20 years now and believes we are an integral part of the natural world and she seeks to convey this reality to us through her art so we can reestablish this connection. You can learn more about Melissa Perhamus and her work by exploring her Facebook Page at or her Website at

The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery originated as a brick school house built c. 1850 by Antoine Dutot who founded the town of Dutotsville before it was renamed to Delaware Water Gap, PA. In addition to the exhibitions presented at the gallery, the museum offers tours and educational opportunities for those who would like to learn more about the area. The Mergence Exhibition featuring the work of Melissa Perhamus will be on display until until July 24th. The Dutot's next Exhibition will feature the work of Corine Barton. An Artist's Reception is scheduled to be held on Friday July 29th beginning at 7pm. The exhibit will continue to be on display until until August 14th. Please Explore The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery Facebook Page at or their Website at for more information.

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