Stroudsburg, PA

8 Years of Origins in a Little Night

Paul Adam Smeltz

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The Origins Gallery presents their Little Night Art Exhibition.Paparazzi Paul

On a cold and wintry day, The Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artist' Reception for their Little Night Art Exhibition on Saturday February 5th. The Teen Temperatures were quickly dissipated by the warmth of the venue and those who were met once its thresholds were crossed. The late afternoon also served as a celebration for the gallery as it marked it’s 8th Anniversary encouraging artists to share their work with the public.

Music performed by Professor Michael Kessler mingled with the conversations that were shared. Several trivia questions related to the songs he sung were asked of the gathering. Correct answers were rewarded with a semi precious stone. The largest accumulation of these stones led to the receiving of a grand prize which was a beautiful necklace created by Mr. Kessler. Ms. Nancy Freeman was the happy recipient.

The modestly sized gallery attracted a gathering that was in proportionate to the venue's dimensions. Art lovers flowed in and out the gallery as reflective memories relating to the gallery’s history were shared with one another. New memories accompanied by a gentle love touched the hearts of each attendee as the evening came to a close and it was time to depart.

The Origins Gallery bagan creating opportunities for local artists and performers to share their talents in 2014 by Jodi Singer who continues to be it’s curator. The gallery itself was a reincarnation of an earlier venture known as “Hands in Art” which was located on Henry Street in East Stroudsburg, PA during the late 1990s early 2000s. This discontinued for various reasons and the concepts Mr. Singer dreamed about laying semi dormant until he secured a wall in the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Stroudsburg, PA. This venue continued for a number of years until it didn’t.

Soon, the lower levels of The Gamer's Edge Comics and Games Center in Stroudsburg, PA became available and Origins made it’s home there. This venue afforded numerous opportunities not only in art and music experiences but for special events like screenings of original films, lectures on the arts, and a very successful edition of The Forwardian Film Festival. Alas, after many years, this location was eventually closed to the gallery.

Origins was then welcomed by the Pocono Arts Council who provided a home in their Art Space Gallery on 7th St. in Stroudsburg, PA. Although the portion of the venue they occupied was rather small, Origins initiated some gigantic experiences. These included poetry readings, concerts, and collaborative and complimentary exhibitions with the Pocono Arts Council. But, this venue closed to not only Origins but for the Pocono Arts Council when it could no longer pay the rent.

It was during this period that Origins became nomadic as the pursued their community initiative known as Go Collaborative www.gocollaborativestbg.com which is a group that brings the artistic and business communities of Stroudsburg, PA together for numerous projects such as murals, festivals, and more. Origins also continued to work with The Pocono Arts Council by placing exhibitions in various areas including the Open Air/Open Nite festivities at The Josie Porter Farm in Stroudsburg, PA www.facebook.com/OpenAirOpenMic.

Then, in the late months of 2021, Origins moved into its current location at 22 N. 7th St. in Stroudsburg, PA. They began with the continuation of their holiday market which led to their present day Little Night Art Exhibition. It is unknown how long Origins will remain at this location but the gallery (along with Mr. Singer) possesses a certain resilience that has no bounds and can thrive anywhere even when there is only a nowhere to be had.

The Origins’ Gallery Little Night Art Exhibition features the work of several local artists and will be on display until February 28th. The venue is a small and intimate place with a cozy atmosphere that defines comfort to all who enter it. You can learn more information about Origins Gallery, what they have to offer art lovers, and how to purchase all that are available to be sold by visiting their facebook page at. www.facebook.com/OriginsGalleryStroudsburg.

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Paul Adam Smeltz began his semi professional writing career as columnist writing art and social commentary for The East Stroudsburg University of PA Student Newspaper titled, "The Stroud Courier."

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