Arthaus Projects exhibition draws in out-of-towners

Last week during Williamsport’s First Friday event, Arthaus Projects debuted “Techne: A Juried Exhibition Examining Art and Science.” The exhibition, which saw 127 entries come in from 61 different artists was well-recieved by the local community, and also helped bring some out-of-towners into Williamsport for a few nights.

“The opening was really well-attended. I was really surprised at how many of the artists showed up, considering we didn’t have many entries from Pennsylvania,” said Arthaus Projects director John Yogodzinski.

One of those who came in from out of the state included hologram artist Alan Rhody, who made the drive from Maryland. But artists weren’t the only ones to make the trip — some family members of those with works on display also made pretty long journies to be at the exhibit’s opening night. In fact, one group came all the way from Chicago for a one-night stay.

“I think it is awesome. It is kind of a neat thing because I want to bridge the art world through the space and be able to make the connections globally,” said Yogodzinski. “Not only are people coming here, but they are going to go home and tell people about all the great things Williamsport has.

“I know (Rhody) was like ‘Wow, this town is awesome,'” he added. “I think some of the people from Chicago were kind of just wondering what was going on outside, because First Friday was so foreign to them.”

Most of the artists involved told Yogodzinski they were honored to be a part of such an eclectic exhibit.

“The variety of work really impressed them, it wasn’t a lot of the same things,” said Yogodzinski. “They were comparing themselves to each other. I have just about all mediums on display — sculpture, video, paintings, photography — so I think all things were well-represented and it was a really cohesive show.”

The exhibit, which will be on display until August 11, can be viewed at Arthaus Projects on Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.