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Paul Adam Smeltz

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The Pocono Arts Council held an Artists’ Reception for their 28th Student Art Show on Saturday February 19th.Paparazzi Paul

The Pocono Arts Council presented their 28th Student Art Show showcasing the work of Students (Grades K - 12) who attend schools located in Monroe County, PA. They include The Clear Run Elementary Center, East Stroudsburg North, The Evergreen Community School, The JT Lambert Intermediate School, Smithfield Elementary, The East Stroudsburg Area Cyber Academy, Notre Dame High School, Pocono Mountain East and West, The Swiftwater Elementary Center and Intermediate School, and The Stroudsburg High School along with area students who are homeschooled. An artists’ reception was held on Saturday February 19th in which a multitude of parents, friends, relatives, and art lovers gathered in the Pocono Arts Council’s Community Arts Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA.

The work of 80 students lined the walls of the gallery displaying the marvelous talent they embedded in their creative endeavors. A quality flowed among the pieces that brought a depth of appreciation that engulfed each attendee who experienced them. Awards were presented to the artists whose work were judged to be an even higher quality than the rest in various categories. The daunting task to determine which of the pieces on display would receive their awards fell to Ms. Paula M. Zelienka who teaches art to children attending the St. John Neumann School in Palmerton, PA as well as an Art Camp for children aged 6 and older. She has also illustrated a children’s book written by Alicia J. Plaff titled, “If I Can’t Eat Flies, What Am I?”

In the Senior (Grades 9 - 12) Division of the Exhibition Awards, the third place award went to Fin Feeney, the second place award went to Kaiden Keys, and the first place award went to Christina Broadwater for the students’ Two Dimensional works. Those who received Honorable Mentions in that category were Levi Milenkowic, Zoey Wilson, and Orien Reish. In the Three Dimensional Category, Evelyn Higgins received the third place award, Diana L. Vergara received the second place award, and Kylie Olizarowicz won the first place award. Danielle received the award for her piece in the Fine Arts Category.

In the Junior (Grades 4 - 8) Division, the third place award went to Harmony Plywoczewski, the second place award went to Gianna De Jesus, and the first place award went to Oilivia Astacio for the students’ Two Dimensional works. Charisma Manigault received an Honorable Mention in that Category. In the Three Dimensional Category, Rebekah Gonzalez received the third place award, Xenia Jaramilo received the second place award, and Thomas Bozzanka won the first place award. An Honorable Mention went to Trinity M. Lopez. The second place award in the Digital Art Category went to Madison McGovern while the first place award went to Lou El Shami. And, in the Primary (Grades K - 3) Division, the third place award went to Alice Eby, the second place award went to Lana Yagan, and the first place award went to Jonathan Crilly. Wyatt Smith received an Honorable Mention. The Best of Show Award went to Ana Antzoulis for her piece titled, "Whale Whale Whale, What Do We Have Here?"

The awards were announced by The Pocono Arts Council’s Director, Susan Randal and presented to the recipients by The Pocono Arts Council’s President, Robert Moses. A great deal of well deserved applause and praise was given to all of the recipients of the awards. The event concluded soon afterwards and those who attended it began to leave, taking with them the memories of the outstanding nature of the images and sculpted work they discovered during the afternoon of the reception. They were, in this writer’s view, very impressive and worth visiting the gallery to experience them. The exhibition will continue to be on display until March 8th.

The sponsors who provided the prize money for the Awards in the Two Dimensional Category were Morgan Stanley and Cramer’s Home Center. The sponsor who provided the prize money for the Awards in the Three Dimensional Category was the Pocono Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen. And, the sponsor who provided the prize money for the Awards in the Photography (Digital Art) Category was Rachel Keslosky of Keslosky Photography. Photography services for the event was provided by Mr. Ken Schuckman of VIP Studios for Professional Photography.

The Pocono Arts Council was founded in 1975 as the Monroe County Arts Council and is the oldest and most established local arts service organization in the Pocono region of northeastern Pennsylvania. It serves artists and arts organizations in all disciplines as well as the resident and tourist populations of the area. The Pocono Arts Council’s Community Arts Gallery is located at 727 Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA.

Their next exhibition will be their Annual Photography and Digital Art Show that will be on display at The Community Arts Gallery. The Artists’ Reception will be held on Saturday March 5th beginning at 4pm and will continue to be on display until March 29th. The drop off date for those who wish to be a part of the exhibition is March 1st from 1 to 5pm. And, all photographers and digital artists are welcomed to participate. You can learn more information about The Pocono Arts Council, how to participate in it’s exhibition, and how to purchase the work they display in their Community Arts Gallery by visiting their website at www.poconoarts.org.

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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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