First Friday’s Fifth Annual Art Auction will be held from 6-9PM at the historic Scranton Cultural Center, 2nd floor. Featuring a cocktail hour, live music by And The Moneynotes, and silent auction along with a live art auction it’s set to be an evening you won’t want to miss. Purchase your tickets here. Here’s another preview of some of the talent on hand!
Maria Grzybowski is a painter who specializes in acrylic, working in an imaginary realism style. Her work focuses on nature themes, particularly a study of animals. She thinks about the interdependency of all creatures, the overbearing presence of technology in our society, and the absence of nature from our daily lives. Because the creatures are absent from our lives they have created their own mysterious universe that we are unaware of. Her current work also strives to show a tweaking of nature- abnormalities and unsettling relationships between objects and creatures. She draws inspiration from travel, art history and children’s storybook illustration.
B?pa Studio was created because of Michelle’s passion for nature and my strong faith. She wanted a way to share her intimacy with nature in a way that others may also come to appreciate the beauty and splendor of Earth’s elements, God’s creations. “Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I have grown to appreciate our beautiful seasons. However, with the seasons comes change. Desiring to preserve life’s moments, that slip away never to exist again, is part of who I am”. Photography gives her the opportunity to allow these moments to survive endlessly. “Being able to create allows me to exist.” Since its opening in the fall of 2012, photos from B?pa Studio has been recognized by: The U.S. National Weather Service, Binghamton, New York; ABC News affiliate WNEP-TV; Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation; Healing Art International; and the Office of the President of Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Member of: The World Photography Organization / WPO, The AFA Gallery, Pennsylvania Healing Photo Art International Organization, Arts and Hearts International, Featured on Houzz.
Benjamin Adcroft is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC. After completing a BFA program in fine arts he was employed by a jewelry design company in Brooklyn, NY. He recently moved to Scranton and opened an artist’s studio on the 500 block of Bogart Ct. He is currently involved with local art events and teaching youth art classes at the SCC.
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