Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Looking to the Sky of ArtSpace

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

A gentle tranquility filled the town of Stroudsburg, PA as The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center held an Artists' Reception for their their Look to the Sky Exhibition on Saturday November 5th. A small gathering of art lovers and friends began to trickle into the venue. Their numbers increased during the event which provided the center and the artwork a nice sized audience to be touched by the inspiring images. Snacks and beverages were offered by the center that enhanced the conversation as well as the appreciation of the work on display.

It was after some time did the Director of the Pocono Arts Council, Laura Goss, stand before the gathering to express her words of welcome and appreciation to all who were in attendance. This was followed by Ms. Goss announcing and distributing awards to those whose talent were considered worthy of special recognition. The artist who received the Third Place Award was Jason S. Williamson for the work titled, “Galactic Project,” the Second Place Award went to Andrea Robbins-Rimberg for the work titled, “Cape May,” and the First Place Award was given to Ellen Goosay for the work titled, “Fall Sunset.” Honorable Mention awards were given to Claire Marcus for the work titled, “Bird's Eye View” and to Anne Sikorski-Schneider for the work titled, “Covey Creek at Cook Point, Landridge, MD.” A hearty round of appreciative applause was sounded in order to congratulate the recipients.

The daunting task of selecting those among the extraordinary artists befitting an award went to Maryann S. Gross. Ms. Gross is a former Instrumental Music Teacher at The Bethlehem, PA Area School District who currently serves the Lehigh Valley Area of PA in several capacities. They include being a member of the Arts and Culture Committee of the City of Allentown, PA, the Arts Academy Alliance, and as the Arts Administrator at The Allentown, PA Area School District.

The artists' Reception for Look to the Sky Exhibition housed within The Pocono Arts Cultural and Community Center's ArtSpace Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA provided a sense of expansion among the gathering as the horizons depicted in many of the pieces revealed a thoughtful understanding of the boundless nature of the world both outside and within. The reception was further enhanced by a display of Assemblages created by the late Morris Berman which were donated to PoconoArts by his daughter, Ilona Marmer. The Look to the Sky Exhibition will be on display until November 19th.

The next event at the center will be the Pocono Arts Council Holiday Store which will run from Friday November 25th until January 2nd. The Store will provide a special 20% discount for all Pocono Arts Council members on Thursday December 1st after their Annual Meeting which begins at 4pm. Non-members wishing to take advantage of this discount can join the group that evening. You'll find more photographs taken during the Artists' Reception in the Looking to the Sky of ArtSpace Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155435780288761.1073742032.91146283760&type=3.

The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA is part of The PoconoArts Council which is an organization designed to build the communities in which it serves artistically and culturally by providing leadership, service, and education. It does so by offering avenues for artists to display their work through the center and other galleries, educational opportunities for those who would like to explore and/or enhance their creative natures, and encouragement to those who seek to express and/or support the arts. You’ll be able to learn more about The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center and all it has to offer the creative community by exploring The PoconoArts Council Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/poconoartscouncil or their Website at www.poconoarts.org.

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