Stroudsburg, PA

Art on a Rainy Day

Paul Adam Smeltz

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John McAllister’s “Masquerade” (Best In Show) and Lauryn de Leeuw’s “A Bird in the Hand” (2nd Place Acrylics) at The PoconoArts Member show.Photo by Paparazzi Paul

The dark clouds emptied its participation upon the streets of Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday May 7th and all who traveled along the sidewalks that lined them. Yet, a sensation of sunshine glowed from within each individual who traversed from one creative destination of the town’s monthly artwalk to another. This sensation became even more brilliant as one crossed the thresholds of each gallery to discover the warmth of camaraderie that is often encountered during the monthly event regardless of the meteorological conditions of the day.

A wide variety of wonderful work that encompassed a myriad of themes and styles lined the walls of the primary area of The Pocono Arts Council’s gallery as they presented their annual Members’ Exhibition. Conversations abound with excited utterances that were tempered with thoughtful reflections that many of the pieces on display inspired. A quietness soon touched the sizable gathering as welcoming words were shared by The Pocono Arts Council’s Executive Director, Susan Randall, and the distribution of the prizes began.

Honorable Mentions were presented to Emily McAllister for her work in Oils titled, “Lamplight” and Sofia Aptosoglou for her work in Acrylics titled, “Life Interactions.” The 3rd Place Awards went to Caren Jo Shapiro for her work in oils titled, “Rapist Reign Supreme,” Hector Soto for his work in Acrylics titled, “Hermotions,” Sean Turrell for his 3D Work titled, “Your Expulsion is All Over You.” and Alicia Rennekam for her Digital Words titled “Fell Crow.” The Second Place Awards went to Jason Williamson for his work in Oils titled, “Geometric Flow,” Lauryn de Leeuw for her work in Acrylics titled “A Bird in the Hand,” Joyce Love for her work in Watercolor titled, “Kitten in Blossoming Tree,” Iraina Caramelli for her work in Mixed Media titled, “Renewal,” Conrad Richebacher for his 3D Work titled, “You Are What You Eat,” Thomas Ando for his photographic work titled, “Shadow and Light,” Jack Swersie for his Digital Work titled, “Out of This World Art Show,” and Terry Kloiber for his Fine Craft piece titled, “Turkey Feathers.”

The 1st Place Awards went to Lenore Fiore-Mills for her Fine Craft piece titled, “Very Cherry,” Alex Smith for his Digital Work titled, “Celestial Scene,” Robert Espier for his Photographic word titled, “Belmont Park Quartet #3,” Christie Lee for her Works on Paper piece titled, “Peace For Us, Earth,” Maddy Smith for her 3D Work titled, “User Friendly Human Disassembler 2000,” Laura Gonzalez for her Mixed Media piece titled, “Traditional Ukrainian Headdress,”Alice Prall for her Watercolor work titled, “Lily White,” and Leslie McAllister for her Acrylic work titled, “Self-Portrait with Palette.” John McAllister received the 1st Place Award as well as the Best of Show Award for his piece in oils titled, “Masquerade.” Judges for the event were Santa Bannon, Michelle Christopher, and Thomas Schillea. A great deal of well deserved congratulatory applause and encouraging words were shared during the ceremony that made the day a bit brighter for all who were present.

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. The venue’s Myra Kyle Gallery I and Myra Kyle II Galleries are available to rent. The Artists’ Reception for the Annual Members’ Exhibition along with the shows featuring the works Jack Swersie in their The Myra Kyle Gallery I and Dora Pieren in their The Myra Kyle Gallery II were part of the First Saturday Art Walk of the 2022 season that occurs the first Saturday of every month from April to October in galleries throughout the borough of Stroudsburg, PA. The exhibition will continue to be on display until May 31st.

Their next exhibition will be their Roots Exhibition that will be on display at The Community Arts Main Gallery along with the work of Angela Wanyandeh/Kitu Kizuri Gallery in their The Myra Kyle Gallery I.. The Artists’ Receptions will be held on Saturday June 4th and will continue to be on display until June 28th. The drop off date for those who wish to be a part of the exhibition is May 31st from 1 to 5pm. All artists who are members of the Pocono Arts Council are welcomed to participate. You can learn more information about The Pocono Arts Council, how to participate in its exhibition, and how to purchase the work they display in their Community Arts Gallery by visiting their website at www.poconoarts.org.

As the Artists’ Reception at the Pocono Arts Council’s Community Gallery was concluding, The Gamut Art Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA began their Artists’ Reception featuring the work of Linda George, Laura Lippay, Albert Shivers Bourges, The Pocono Photo Club, and Thomas Dillon. The eclectic collections of images created by the artists on display blended well with the diversified assembly of intriguingly obscure objects the gallery has become well known for.

A sizable gathering of art lovers filled the venue with each individual finding the magnificence of themselves within each item they encountered. Lively conversations filled the air as each excited and thoughtful utterance grew upon the other until a crescendo of something otherworldly manifested itself. The Exhibition at The Gamut Art Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA will continue to be on display until July 24th and it is recommended by this writer to visit the venue to experience all they have to offer.

The Gamut Art Gallery is located on 7th Street and originated from a personal desire to discover the beautiful and unusual while sharing art, its history, and the “experience of unearthing” with all who enter their gallery. According to the gallery’s owners (Jim and Mary Evanisko), discovery of art will always be an adventure and, to enhance that sense of wonder, they have put together an eclectic mix of selected antiques, crafts, contemporary art, and sculptures along with one of a kind and unusual items spanning the early 1890’s to present day. You can learn more information about the Gamut Gallery which include visiting hours and how to purchase each item by visiting their website at www.gamutartgallery.com.

The Andrei Art Gallery/Studio-Museum in Stroudsburg, PA also held a Reception on Saturday May 7th. It was for their newest collection which is related to the war in Ukraine titled “Still Alive.” The collection features three pieces created by Andrei Protsouk to build awareness of the ongoing horrific conflict in Europe. Exclusive limited editions of the works are available for purchase online. The evening included refreshments, wine, and music by Michael Fossa on the Keys.

The evening also included a talk that was given by Dr. Yelena Kipervas who went to Poland in order to provide medical attention to the Ukrainian refugees crossing the border. Dr. Kipervas and other volunteer physicians traveled to a Ukrainian church in Poland on April 15th, 2022 where a working space was provided so they may treat their patients. The endeavor was arranged by Agape Blessings Cure which is a non profit organization founded by Doctors and Students who desire to bring medical care to those who are in need. You can learn more about Agape Blessings Cure and how to help them in their worthwhile undertaking by visiting their website at www.agapeblessingscure.org.

The Andrei Art Gallery/Studio-Museum is located on 7th Street in Stroudsburg, PA and offers the works of world renowned artists such as Robert Berks, Dr. Ronald Parker, Frank Gallo, and Erte’. The gallery has an international flavor to it with the style and elegance of Eastern and Western Europe very prevalent within its walls. You’ll find more information about The Andrei Art Gallery/Studio-Museum including how to purchase the work that is shown by visiting their website at www.AndreiArt.com.

The exhibitions presented at The Pocono Arts Council’s Community Gallery, The Gamut Art Gallery, and The Andrei Art Gallery/Studio-Museum were all part of the Stroudsburg First Saturday Art Walk Series. The event (as indicated) takes place the first Saturday of every Month from April to October between the hours of 4pm and 9pm. Additional galleries are added or deleted according to their availability and street events are occasionally adjoined to the event. You can learn more about future Art Walks in Stroudsburg and other art related events and opportunities by visiting The Forwardian Community Arts Calendar at www.facebook.com/forwardiancommunityartscalendar.

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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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