Meet the First Friday June Artist: Caitlin Allyson

Name: Caitlin Allyson

Town: Dunmore

Medium(s): Photography

What got you into creating art?

Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was always drawing, painting, and working with mixed media. As for photography, I was introduced to it in high school, when my art teacher told me about workshops being held at Keystone College. I chose the photography class because I was curious and hadn’t explored that medium. Photography felt like home, and I haven’t put my camera down since.

What work do you most enjoying doing? 

Nature photography. I love spending time outside, observing nature, capturing the beauty and simple moments. Time goes away, it’s very mindful experience. I also enjoy creating image transfers, exploring color, and curating.

What’s your favorite artwork?

That is always changing. Currently, any work by Kurt Herrmann is my favorite. I love the way he uses color.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Don’t stop at the appetizers.

What inspires you? 

Nature, sunlight, music, exploring new places, bright/vibrant colors, finding joy in the simple things in life.

Favorite artists?

Ansel Adams, Kurt Herrmann, Elliott Landy, Yayoi Kusama, Megan Boyd.

What do you enjoy about First Friday? 

Seeing the community come together to show their support, live music, and viewing new art work.

Where do you see your art going in the next year?

I will be having an exhibition with Elliott Landy, the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio in 2021. The date is to be determined, as we had to postpone due to Covid-19. The exhibit will feature my nature photographs, Elliott’s FlowerVisions work, and Elliott’s Woodstock & musician work. I’m really looking forward to the show with Elliott, he is one of my favorite photographers, so to be showing along side him is an honor.