Plane Space by Ryan Hnat
Ryan Hnat to exhibit paintings and sculptures in maiden solo exhibit at Afa Gallery; his exhibit “Plane Space” opens to the public March 7th from 6-9 PM. Hnat will simultaneously release the publication Watch Towers and Portals, which he co-wrote and illustrated with his wife Amy Hnat
Afa Gallery offers patrons a stimulating solo exhibit in its first floor gallery- paintings and sculptures created during the past year by Ryan Hnat. He is coupling the exhibit with the release of the publication Watch Towers and Portals, a collaboration with his wife Amy.
Ryan calls the work in this solo show “abstract sonnets in time and space.” He adds that “they are visual lyrics for the musician, experiments for the scientist, and discrete codes for the investigator in us all.” Hnat created the work using a variety of mediums while focusing on geometric planes and several textures.
Hnat has been busy in the local arts scene since graduating from Penn State and Marywood University with degrees in Art Education and Fine Arts, respectively. This will be his 5th solo exhibit in 7 years; his is a young career that has allowed him to exhibit in galleries and museums throughout Pennsylvania and to receive recognition for his talents. In 2007 he was lauded with the Young Artist of Pennsylvania Award by the Anita Shapolsky Foundation in Jim Thorpe.
What’s fascinating about Hnat is that his interest in the arts is not limited to being a creator of art but also a mover and shaker in the scene. He has experience curating and organizing exhibits, preparing galleries for exhibition, marketing exhibits, performing fundraising activities for non-profits arts organizations and more. In the past Ryan Hnat has worked for a number of galleries most notably Marywood University Art Galleries, The Laura Craig Galleries, Zoller Art Gallery, the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation and Afa Gallery where he has a seat on the board of directors. Tom Noone, Vice-President of Afa Gallery says, “Ryan is tireless, he expects a lot from others because he is willing to go the distance to see something through. His energy and excitement about what is happening in the arts is contagious; and his involvement at Afa the last two years has been very rewarding for us. He brings a demographic to the gallery that we very much want to pursue.”
Regarding the collection he has assembled for “Plane Space”, Mark Ciocca, Chair of the Gallery Committee says- “Ryan has created an astrophysical plane that transcends time and space creating a juxtaposition of the tactile real and unconscious surreal of one’s interpretation.” Moreover, Hnat’s work gives the art patron a unique perspective into geometric abstraction because there is also something organic and natural about it. He uses color and texture to create structure and in some instances the intentional absence of color creates form, light and presents space in a new way. Patrons will leave the exhibition feeling they have witnessed something fresh.
Hnat’s master plan for this solo exhibit is two-fold. With his wife Amy, Hnat wrote and illustrated with photography the publication Watch Towers and Portals that he plans to release to the public during the opening. The Hnats are touting the books as a visual journey through remote places in Northeast Pennsylvania where they explore structure, space, and materials.
“Plane Space” opens to the public Friday, March 7th with a reception for the artist from 6-9 PM; the exhibit will be on display through March 30th.
Repose and Restoration: the Huber Breaker & Other works by James Maria
For the month of March, AFA’s second floor gallery will be exhibiting paintings by James Maria of West Lawn, PA. Maria states that his work focuses primarily on “the visual language of entropy and abandonment to discuss shifts in economy and industry while also asking larger and more metaphysical questions about the spiritual realm.” The opening reception will be March 7 from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be up though March 29.
About Afa Gallery
In 1988 a group of area artists founded Artists for Art (Afa) Gallery, a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of the visual arts, providing a platform for regional artists and presenting their work in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Every month the gallery opens two exhibits to the public in its two-story, 3,600 square foot space located on the 500 block of Lackawanna Ave. Considered the anchor for First Friday events, Afa Gallery is supported by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Lackawanna County’s Department of Arts and Culture. The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from 12-5 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. More information is available at artistsforart.org or by calling 570-969-1040.
February First Friday Scranton has come and gone, but it was great while it lasted. It may be the shortest month, but it was chock full of some great events. What’s that you say? You missed out? Well, don’t fret most of the exhibits run until the end of the month. If happen to need a little refresher here are some of the highlights.
Polaroids: John Ingiaimo @ The Bog
John uses a variety of alternative processes to make his mark on the world. Read more here.
Paintings by Judith Kitzman; Art of the City: Scranton School District Elementary Schools; music by The Neil Armstrong Elementary Select Chorus and the Neil Armstrong Elementary Band @ AFA Gallery
AFA offers a double dose of creative energy with a huge sale of late artist Judith Kitzman’s work and a comprehensive exhibit from elementary students in the Scranton School District. Find out more here.
The Large and the Small of It: Drawings and Paintings by John Bromberg & Trudy Gerlach
John’s large scale paintings and Trudy small detailed illustrations are a sight to behold. Find more here.
This Is Our Therapy: The Marywood University Student Art Therapy Association (MUSATA) @ The Vintage
Marywood University Art Therapy Students open a window into the soul cleansing properties of art. More here.
The Vintage Theater
Friday February 7, 2014; 6-9PM
This Is Our Therapy
The Marywood University Student Art Therapy Association (MUSATA) is proud to showcase “This is Our Therapy.” Art therapy combines the natural healing nature of art with the traditional ways of therapy. As students of art therapy, they have used art for personal healing, and believe creative self-expression feeds the soul and cleanses the mind. “This is Our Therapy” is a presentation of the many ways they have found personal healing through art and the creative process as well as a display of who they are as artists.
Featuring the work of: Jackie Shukis, Jacqui Reynolds, Lainey Anderson, Sandy Rayman, MillyJean Helvick, Kaitlyn Briggs, Alexandra Kay, Ashley Logar, Emily Dwyer, Jessica Tullo, Sarah Connolly, Kelsey McFerran, Rachel Dolk, Kathleen Magrino, Samantha Faul, Carli Salvati, Sara Haberzettl, Jackie Damiano, Courtney Sanchez, Sara Rigoliosi, Kiersten Rauch, Morgan Downs, Adrianna Hine, Brooke Personius, Clarissa Wilson, Moira McGovern, Marisa Richmond, and Eileen Botha.
Judith Kitzman; Scranton School District: Art of the City
Exhibit Opening: February 7, 2104, 6-9PM
February 7 – March 1, 2014
514 Lackawanna Ave
Creation is about discovery according to Ezra Pound. What is it we are searching for exactly? An idea of who we are and why we’re here? How do we develop that? In Art & Discontent McEvilley recalls a statement made by philosopher David Hume. “What we call a mind is nothing but a heap or collection of different perceptions.” From this heap of random images a sense of personal identity is constructed. Others of a more Western ideology focus on a soul existing outside our finite reality that acts as our marker. Regardless of your inclination, as people we long for uniqueness and search for a way to critique that idea of self. Through, “intuition, introspection, memory, aesthetic sensibility, and emotionality,” art is a conduit that allows us to express a yearning to explore the self.
AFA Gallery, on February 7, offers two exhibits as part of First Friday Scranton in which this thread can be traced from the beginning to end. The first floor gallery features a retrospective of the work by late local artist Judy Kitzman. “Her efforts feature scenery from oceans and wooded areas. Ms. Kitzman also painted some abstract pieces, and her ink drawings and a variety of works in other mediums rounds out the extensive compilation”. Her passion led to her paintings being exhibited in several galleries along the East coast.
The second exhibit is where the journey to self hood begins. Scranton School District: Art of the City Exhibition is a comprehensive exhibition of art work from students of the Scranton School District’s 11 elementary schools. The exhibition will have a wide variety of projects on display ranging from drawing to sculpture. You will experience simple beauty, high energy, and a wide range of creative genius found in the youth of tomorrow. Entertainment will be provided by The Neil Armstrong Elementary Select Chorus and the Neil Armstrong Elementary Band under direction of Ms. Kimberly Gnall.
The Large and the Small of It: Drawings and Paintings by John Bromberg & Trudy Gerlach
Please join us for an artist talk and discussion with John Bromberg and Trudy Gerlach on Saturday, February 8 from noon-1 PM at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio. The afternoon will begin with questions for our artists and commentary from local art enthusiasts: Erika Funke (WVIA), Gloria Lance (Keystone Community Resources/ArtWorks), and Robert Schweitzer (Marywood University).
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP: 570-207-1815
The Large and the Small of It runs through February 22. A second reception will be held on First Friday, February 7 from 6-9 PM.
ArtWorks Gallery & Studio
503 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton
Here we are embarking on another year of First Friday Scranton and the second year of our foray with First Friday being a year-round event from January to December. Not bad for an independent organization run by volunteers. Of course for January we had another special “gust” join us – old man winter. Seems like he’s still around and with his new pal Mr. Polar Vortex. Cold, yes; inhospitable, debatable. There might not have been an enormous conflagration to warm yourself by, but no worries, most found some relief in a First Friday venue where they could cozy up to imaginative scrawlings. All you had to do was place your thumb down on the area of Lackawanna Avenue by Renaissance 500 and you were sure to be entertained while elsewhere the artwork at the select venues open for January welcomed guests and patrons with groovy tunes and inventive compositions. Of course if you’re waiting for winter’s scrapings to depart you’ll have to be patient and while you wait make sure to look closely or you’ll miss February’s First Friday offerings.
Wintery…that would be an apt description of First Friday Scranton December 6, 2013. Mother Nature provided quite a backdrop for the last First Friday event for the year. It snowed, sleeted and was a brisk winter evening. Despite the conditions the venues that were open provide a safe haven for the artistically inclined. At the Cultural Center visitors were greeted to the winter wonderland that Jack Puhl lives in all year round. His ornaments were the main attraction there and those who witnessed and purchased them certainly had a tree decked to the halls.
Venturing outside meant braving the elements, but you may have also paused to wonder at the holiday windows that were sponsored by Scranton Tomorrow/ Main Street Scranton as you headed to Courthouse Square. It was here that the inaugural Holiday on the Square welcomed all to an outdoor “mall” with a wide variety of handmade crafts created by local artisans. It was a unique experience that a provided event goers the opportunity to purchase holiday inspired wears and wares.
Over at AFA Gallery the annual Member Show highlighted all of the creative output of its contributors. Weighty sculptures and pastoral scenes adorned the space as well as a litany of drawings and prints. Scranton’s artists were well represented in the showcase and provided a glimpse of what we can expect for the coming year.
Scents were also on tap as the inaugural First Friday opening of NOTES Fragrances was place to make a planned visit. From a variety of crafted fragrance to perhaps creating your own unique blend, you had only to nose your way into the location on Wyoming and Spruce and be embraced by warm, earthy smells or fragrant citrus accents.
And if you needed a little winter warmer you probably stopped into the always popular Northern Light Espresso Bar to see Images and Objects: Photography by Judith Marsh and Assemblage Art by Eli Marsh while consuming a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage. Of course you may have also gravitated to the Vintage for the 4th Annual Moth Project and their cozy atmosphere.
Did you miss December’s showings? Well no worries as there’s 12 more opportunities begninning with January 3rd’s First Friday. See you all in 2014!
Calling all experienced paint slingers, automatistic scrawlers, three-dimensional visionaries, and everything in-between. We want your art and we’re going to pay for it! First Friday is offering all qualifying an artists an opportunity to be awarded a grant for their talents. Check out the press release below and download an application:
Grant Opportunity for Local Artists
SCRANTON, PA – First Friday Scranton, a non-profit organization that hosts free monthly art walks in downtown Scranton, is seeking applications for the Judith Youshock Artist Grant Program. To encourage local artists to create art and display their work at participating First Friday Scranton venues, First Friday Scranton will award three $300 grants to artists ages 19 and older and three $100 grants to artists ages 18 and younger. Artists who live or work within a 100 mile radius of Scranton, Pennsylvania, are eligible to apply. Artist grants will be award three times throughout the year. Applications for the first round are due by November 15, 2013.
The Judith Youshock Artist Grant Program was created in honor of the spirit and energy that Judith Youshock, one of First Friday Scranton’s founding members, has brought to the local art scene. Judy always has been, and still is, a force within the local artist community and is still active in First Friday Scranton today. The goal of this grant program is to encourage the next group of community minded artists, like Judy, to create and display art throughout the community.
For more information on the Judith Youshock Artist Grant Program, or to obtain an application visit www.FirstFridayScranton.com or email jeff@FirstFridayScranton.com.
Following in the footsteps in a number of excellent exhibits this past year The Scranton Cultural Center – Shopland Hall (4th Floor) will be exhibiting Retrospective: Renee Emanuel; music by Merchants Of Groove.
Renee’s drive to paint has spurred on through countless iterations in the medium of watercolor. In her own words:
“Whether it’s the tapestry of the natural world that calls me, or the beautiful patterns and relationships that I find in still life, I believe that only the images created in stillness can be transformed by that experience into something new. I feel that it’s a starting place that gives me an endless territory to explore and offers a new direction to aim. It keeps me painting, “still” after all these years.”
Accompanying the exhibit will be a musical performance by Merchants Of Groove, a blues and rhythm and blues band featuring Paul Lyon, Teddy Young, Sandy Beecher, Mike Basalyga, and Rob Fenstermaker. The Merchants of Groove Blues Reunion plays a wide variety of originals and blues classics by such artists as the three Kings – B.B., Albert and Freddie – Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Lazy Lester, Johnny Copeland, Edddie Kirkland, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Reed, Magic Sam, Guitar Slim and many others.