Wrapping-up First Friday Scranton April 4, 2013

April 14, 2014 | By administrator

“There is good reason to assume that the new century, our present time, is in need of some new theories. Cracks have long begun to show in the framework of last century’s traditionally dominant philosophies. That applies even to the likes of the Frankfurt School, Marxism, Structuralism, and Deconstruction, which have also shaped the politically ambitious art theories of recent decades: their proponents may still be at the helm, and still directing the discourse, but the days of their explanatory and discursive hegemony are well and truly over,” at least that what Armen Avanessian in 21st Century Theory (Spring 2013) believes as do many theorists.

Found expression is an apt description for that is what was discovered from viewing the work by the many college art students who exhibited at April’s First Friday. They put forth their mettle and expressive discourse in a tour de force of mediums. Did it spark a new found interest in any of the viewers, a new pattern of thinking or evaluating? In the past it was innovative theories that were broadened and disseminated by artists. Perhaps these tyros can start a new revolution? Perhaps.


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Summer fun (with an artistic flair)!

April 1, 2014 | By administrator

ArtWorks Kids Summer Camp

Monday through Friday

Week 1: July 14-18
Week 2: July 21-25

Basic Drawing
Movement games, dance and yoga
Introduction to Clay and Sculpture
Felting crafts
Story telling, Book-making, Journaling, and Poetry

Small class size!
Art will be featured during August First Friday!

Drop off from 8:30-9 AM, Pick up from 3-3:30 PM
BYO lunch
Ages 6-12



Tuition:  $250 per week, $425 for both weeks           10% discount for siblings!
Instructors:    Kati Kameroski, Laura Summa, Nicole Sawicki

Registration for the classes can be found here.

ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton       570-207-1815

Please contact Nicole with any questions, 570-207-1815 or

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Exhibit highlights talented high school artists

April 1, 2014 | By administrator

Scranton High School National Art Honor Society Art Show: SHS National Art Honor Society Students.

First Friday April 4, 2014

Citizens Savings Bank, 101 Wyoming Avenue


This coming First Friday Scranton High School’s Art Honor Society will be exhibiting numerous works from their talented retinue. Their work highlights their efforts in a variety of media and promotes the utility of having a creative outlet. Mixed-media, photocollage, paintings, drawings, you want it – it’s here in force. Several of the students work can be found below as well as at Scranton School District’s Facebook page.

Madison Smolsky -porcelain face Grade 9RaeAnn Goraleski portrait Grade 11

Ashyia August-photomontage Grade 11Valerie Tassey - self portrait Grade 10

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Wrapping Up First Friday Scranton March 7, 2014

March 17, 2014 | By administrator

March signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring or so it’s supposed to, though to be honest we’ve been locked in winter’s grip for some time. It’s certainly time for some rebirth, primavera! The March First Friday was a great event that highlighted many locally talented artists. Each exhibit was an explosion of colorful creativity that could whet any appetite for a change of seasons. Check out the photos below for some empirical evidence. Looking forward to even more great moments next month.


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Dynamic Duo @ AFA Gallery

February 20, 2014 | By administrator

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

hnat_imageAfa 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 or by calling 570-969-1040.


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Upcoming Events @ Artworks Gallery & Studio

February 18, 2014 | By administrator


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Wrapping Up First Friday Scranton February 7, 2014

February 13, 2014 | By administrator

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.


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This Is Our Therapy

February 6, 2014 | By administrator

The Vintage Theater

Friday February 7, 2014; 6-9PM

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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.

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The artist is always beginning…

January 31, 2014 | By administrator

Judith Kitzman; Scranton School District: Art of the City

AFA Gallery
Exhibit Opening: February 7, 2104, 6-9PM
February 7 – March 1, 2014
514 Lackawanna Ave

SSD Art Exhibition 2014-1-1Creation 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.

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The Large and the Small of It: Drawings and Paintings by John Bromberg & Trudy Gerlach

L Perspective2Please 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

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