Join the Factory as it celebrates its third annual "Art of Romance," Friday as a part of First Friday at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave. Visitors may enjoy live entertainment by Doug McMinn and other musicians as they enjoy a night of local art and shop for that special someone in their life.
On the ground floor, stop by retail shops, including Tanya's Bridal. Tanya's will be hosting its "Grand Opening," with a host of wedding vendors that will be on hand to help visitors plan everything from an anniversary party, engagement party and, of course, a wedding.
In the former "Site B," shop with a myriad of guest vendors - bead artist Beth Moser; artisan soaps and lotions from Side Door Soaps; and eclectic housewares artisan Melissa Hombasky of Plural Form, just to name a few. In addition, visit tables from several of the Factory's tenants - Tracy Bower, handcrafted bags; Alleshia Fink, jewelry and ceramics artisan; and ceramics from Clay Studio 26. Stop by the Relay for Life's kissing booth for a quick smooch and a Polaroid picture! Across the courtyard, Valley Mosaic will be showing new photography from Jeramy Mohler and Barbara Bornemann.
Don't forget to venture down the second floor hallways and visit this month's "Floating Gallery" to see fresh new work from PJ tenants and guest artists Christopher Leete, Holly Patton Shull, Robert Trepanowski, Lena Yeagle, Kim Lilley, Lynn Estomin and Carly Driebelbis. And, as always, be sure to visit the open studios of the small businesses, individual artists and artisans.
The Center for Creativity's Clay Studio 26 and the Williamsport Community Darkroom (studio 6) will be open for the evening, so artgoers should feel free to come by and check out the studio space and sign up for classes. Artist Rita Bower (studio 48) will have a craft station set up near her studio with hands on art for kids. She will be accepting new students for her 2012 art classes. WXPI 88.5 Williamsport Community Radio will host a special event in studio 14: Learn to Radio. It's a chance to learn how to create a radio program, become a DJ and make podcasts for local community radio station 88.5-FM. Curt Miller (studio 7) will be featuring his Cigar Box Guitars.
For more information, visit www.pajamafactory.net, Friend the Factory on Facebook or call Barbara Andreassen at 220-1170. It's going to be a fantastic evening - we look forward to seeing you.
Zumba instructor Vivian Severn and Walk Live instructor Danita "Dani" Arthur will be available at the First Friday event at the Factory and they will have information about Zumba and Walk Live classes, which will begin in February, as well as drawings for free classes, dancewear and other discounts and offers.
The Herdic House
On First Friday, the Herdic House will host the opening of an exhibit of oil and acrylic paintings by Williamsport artist Richard Welde from 6 to 9 p.m., which will run through the month of April. The display will consist of scenes of spring, summer, fall and winter in Williamsport and The Lycoming Valley.
Welde is a member of The Bald Eagle Art League and is mostly self taught, but has attended classes given by Ed Steinhilper and workshops presented by Theresa Spitler, Ron Beech and Brian Keeler. He has won Best In Show, First Prize and Honorable mentions in annual Bald Eagle Art League competitions and he exhibits in local venues.
Welde is very much involved in plein air painting and can often be found working outdoors somewhere in the area whenever the weather permits. He feels this is the best way to capture the ambiance of a scene with its ever changing light, breezes, smells and shadows which cannot be reproduced from a photograph.
But, sometimes, time or the fickle weather conspire against him and dictate that the final touches be done in the studio. He thinks anyone who has once painted en plein air, when the warm days of spring arrive, will hear the siren call and pack up his or her paints and head for the hills.
Cinema Center will have Rev. John Manno's historical prints of old theaters Friday for downtown's First Friday event.
Grey Art Gallery to present
'From Paul Kostabi with Love'
For February's First Firday, Williamsport will be rocked (in more ways than one) by the art of New York's Paul Kostabi. Kostabi is the featured artist at the Grey Art Gallery's month long exhibition titled "From Paul Kostabi with Love."
Kostabi has built his world around art and music. Born in 1962, Kostabi grew up in Whittier, Calif. and later moved to New York City. After college, he traveled across America and has circulated his work in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Canada and France. Some of his pieces remain in the permanent collections of the Paterson Museum in New Jersey, the Guggenheim in New York, the New England Museum of Art in Brooklyn, Connecticut, the Millennium Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art and the Museion in Bolzano, Italy.
Kostabi's work deals with all types of subject matter. He is a visual explorer who is intimately connected to the environment around him. Many of his paintings have the worked-over look of pictures meant to be worlds in themselves. They grab the eye like a stranger grabbing your lapels. They are paintings that love paint: its infinite variability, its stubbornness, its musicality, the energy it emits in contact with itself, the emotions it unlocks, even when it looks as random as spit and drool, as the record of the passing hand.
Some of Kostabi's most complicated works contain hard notes and calculated echoes of other art, in the way an aquarium holds drifting particles of sand and exotic fish, looking less like quotations than fragments seen through thick glass or distorting filters. He has an arresting knack for giving the deliberate and circumscribed the spontaneous look of happy accident and vice-versa.
The opening reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Following the reception, Kostabi's band "Damn Kids" will play with the Antique Babies at the Bullfrog Brewery starting at 10 p.m.
Other artists with new work on display for this opening include Mike Cockrill, Joshua R. Troxler, Misako Oba, Chad Andrews, Luke Yocum, Matthew Ryan Sharp, Tyler Cooey, Yosiell Lorenzo, Tina Yesenofski, Janelle Whisenant, Danielle Charette, Dean Landry, Matthew Parrish, H.C. Nash and Aaron Meyers.
Cockrill is recognized as "one of the most interesting representatives of the contemporary American pictorial wave" (Savorelli, Contemporary Magazine, Issue 55). Cockrill, a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts graduate and Brooklyn native, will be debuting two of his painting studies.
Cockrill's paintings closely detail the rich transition from the world of childhood fantasy to adult awareness in a manner that is both playfully innocent and sexually charged. Characterized by an interest in nostalgic figuration, Cockrill's paintings balance the sacred and profane as well as issues of sex, politics, and the suburban family. His recent paintings were inspired by American children's illustrated stories from the '50s and '60s.
Troxler is a Williamsport native who loves to explore lines. Troxler takes a lot of inspiration from what modern architects are doing and how they are doing it. He loves seeing completed building designs knowing that they started on the drawing board. Troxler looks at all of his final pieces as if they were drawn to be a building or a room inside of one. Troxler's goal is to create worlds on sheets of delicate newsprint that show movement, contrast, depth, and visual weight.
Oba was born and raised in Japan is currently based in New York City. Her work has been exhibited internationally in France, Belgium, Germany, Japan, and the U.S., including AIPAD photography shows (prestigious fine art dealer show) in New York, Salon d'Automne, Paris, France, and many more. Misako's work explores human life as a journey and is a metaphor for our lives. In her work you will often find the contrast of darkness and light.
It is both a deep examination of her soul and an exploration of universal experiences.
Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Michiko "Michi" Egger. 18-year-old Michiko has been a professional guitarist since the age of twelve and has worked with many seasoned musicians in the area. As a songwriter, her music reflects her many influences in rock, folk, jazz, blues and country. Her third CD, "Where Your Heart Is," is a blend of many genres and offers something for everyone but, always, with her distinctive voice and guitar tone.
Check out her music at www.reverbnation.com/michiegger.
First Friday Special Feature
Artisan market at CAC
By APRIL LINE
It's freezing outside, and it might snow. And what could possibly be nicer than spending the first Friday of February cozied up with your sweetie on the couch? Going to First Friday at the Community Arts Center that's what. The CAC is located at 220 W. Fourth St.
Look, it's not just about you. It's about art, people. And entertainment. In addition to the usual plethora of exciting, cultural stuff that's available at First Friday throughout downtown, CAC is upping the ante.
The CAC will host events in all three of their First Friday Venues in February. The outer lobby will host Collegetown Gallery. The inner lobby will have, for the very first time, an indoor artisans market. The lounge will host the fourth annual Casino Night put on by the Williamsport Lycoming Young Professionals. Admission to the outer and inner lobbies is free. The Casino is $15 at the door.
Collegetown Gallery is a show that features a college artist. Sandy Hill, who is active in the Williamsport arts community, has curated it for a little more than a year now and she welcomes area college artists to consider participating. If you're a college artist - all media are considered - email her at email@example.com.
For February, the Collegetown artist will be Kiley Moesta, a senior from Lycoming College who's majoring in art education and will graduate this spring.
Every winter, the Collegetown Gallery is a ghost town, according to Carla Fisher, director of marketing for the CAC. Kids just lookin' for a start truck their art down to the CAC and then stand around waiting for someone, anyone, to come check out their stuff. So, she got the idea to host an indoors craft market in order to entice some folks to check out the haps.
Fisher said, "Last time, no one really came, and I felt so bad for the student who looked like 'Is this almost over?' So, the idea really came from Collegetown."
In preparation, Fisher hustled down to Le Chocolat, where a list of vendors who normally sell their wares during First Fridays in summer is available. She contacted ones who she thought would have a good variety of Valentine-friendly gifts. All of the artisans are from the region and there will be seventeen of them in the CAC's inner lobby.
"Who doesn't like to shop?" asked Fisher.
Sandy Hill agreed, "It's a great idea - how lucky for Kiley!"
Debbie Eggers, one of the artisans who will participate in the indoor crafts market, makes soap. Her soap is made with plant seed oils and she adds shea butter and goat's milk for moisturizing. Her soap latherd well and last long, and she is excited to be participating.
She said, "I enjoy being able to try products from local farmers, business owners, and artisans and share my soaps with others and be part of the local business community."
Some of the other artisans will be Davena Featherman of Sew Reusable who makes reusable totes, Trish Strausbaugh who does glasswork and Ali Taylor who makes one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from found or discarded objects.
And if you mosey upstairs for some adult-style fun, make sure you don your best black-and-white duds and get your swing dancing moves down ahead of time, because the WLYP are hosting a 1940s Casino night. $15 buys admission, appetizers and WLYP bucks. To reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, get up off that cozy couch and take your sweetheart to CAC to take in some college art, or pick out a handmade soap or some jewelry or a hand-thrown coffee mug, or a beaded lamp, or one of the many other unique delights that will be available.