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First Friday

April 1, 2012
First Spring First Friday , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Ross Club

The Ross Club, 201 W. Fourth St., will host photographer Michael Blackwell's work for April's First Friday. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Also included in the opening will be Silpada Jewelry and Dillon Laser Engraving.

Blackwell is a Williamsport native and has worked for 18 years at Sabre Communications, which is now Backyard Broadcasting. He is a radio personality known as Jake Michaels on Oldiez 93 WBZD.

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"I can find inspiration for a photo in just about anything I see," he said. "From the simple flower sprouting for the first time in spring, to the various iconic structures that surround us. If you stop and look around you for a moment, it's all there to see. Pictures spark a memory, take you back in time and can reveal emotion.

"This is what continues to feed my desire to photograph the world around me and the fact that no two pictures are the same." he said.

Barrel 135

Artist, musician and Pennsylvania native Erin LaCerra will present her latest series, "Dreamscape-Delicacies" at Barrel 135, 135 W. Third St. The artist reception is free and will be held at 7 p.m. First Friday.

"Dreamscape-Delicacies" will showcase more than 20 caricature paintings, drawings and prints. The caricatures are anthropomorphic and address various issues of the human condition. Cupcakes, referred to by the artist as "Cut-Cakes," bear cuts on their faces and speak to the issues of self-concept and self-mutilation. An alcoholic gypsy moth, titled "Tipsy-Moth," holds an empty liquor bottle upside-down. From the bottle falls a heart-shaped droplet symbolizing the moth's search for love at the bottom of the bottle.

An owl painting, titled "Wise-Crack," features an owl that inquisitively stares out at the viewer, confronting her or his own understanding of self. Other caricatures include a heroin-addicted humming bird, a diet-conscious Chihuahua, star-crossed love-birds engaged in a suicidal pact, and so on. The bubbly exteriors of the caricatures are intended to develop a kind of rapport and sense of empathy with the audience. Despite their burdens and inanimate forms, the caricatures represent real people striving to overcome social and personal challenges within the context of their demanding society.

The caricatures are rendered in colored pencil, watercolor or acrylic paint and outlined with archival ink. Some caricatures are placed beneath clear transparencies. Shapes and background colors are stenciled onto the transparencies. The artist implements the use of repetition and complimentary colors to emphasize the caricature beneath the transparent sheet. The simple, geometric shapes found in "Dreamscape-Delicacies" were inspired by imagery reminiscent of Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art. The brilliant color scheme and bubbly caricatures were inspired by the work of San Diego muralist and graffiti artist, Jack Owens.

LaCerra also draws inspiration from the techniques of local artists such as Chad Andrews, Jeremiah Johnson, Aaron Bellve and Liz Parrish. The tonal qualities of the series were influenced by the music of local musicians such as Clawfoot Slumber and Fletcher Kaufman.

Records by Manhattan based musician St. Vincent and San Francisco based band Sleepy Sun were also constant fixtures on the record player during the creation of the series.

LaCerra graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 2004, where she received the Jackie Thomas Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2005, LaCerra studied studio art and psychology at Lock Haven University. In 2006, LaCerra traveled abroad to the Dublin Business School in Dublin, Ireland, where she studied philosophy, Freudian psychology and cognitive psychology. In 2011, LaCerra graduated with a bachelor's degree in Applied Human Services, Cum Laude and a minor in psychology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Since graduation, LaCerra has given precedence to establishing her artistic brand as E. LaCerra. In addition, LaCerra works diligently with her band Key of V and is currently planning a spring music tour of the Southeastern United States. LaCerra also works part-time as a barista at the Cherry Alley Cafe and as a dedicated children's Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) for a counseling agency out of Lewisburg.

For more information about artist E. LaCerra, visit LaCerra.blogspot.com.

James V. Brown Library

Singer-songwriter Chris Pick, a Williamsport native, will return to the James V Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., for a special spring Good Friday performance, plugging songs from his upcoming project, "Tragedies and Miracles," which is scheduled for release this spring. Chris will be performing from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Rotunda Room, just inside the front vestibule of the Fourth Street entrance.

The special guest musician will be songcrafter Mike Buck, who joined Pick at the holiday show in December and at Knoebels for WGRC-DAY last summer. Buck will join in on some of some new originals as well as some cover tunes.

Pick has created music that has been heard globally and has charted on several continents in both mainstream pop and Christian.

Pick's first CD, "Thank You For The Music," (released for John Lennon's 20th Memorial, Dec. 8, 2000, and produced by local musician Johnny J. Blair) premiered in the Holy City of Israel and reached No. 1 on the KAOS-FM charts in Australia. Pick immediately began studio work on new songs in 2002 as a follow-up to the highly successful Lennon tribute but geared towards global missions.

In 2008, Pick returned to the music world with his CD release "Songs In Black & White" - earning him a Grindie Award through RadioIndy.com. This past Christmas, Pick released "Christmas in the World" - an EP that featured several studio musicians who had been a major part of the late Rich Mullins' music over the years. Several of these musicians also are featured on Pick's upcoming spring release "Tragedies and Miracles." In March, to commemorate the five-year memorial of the Virginia Tech shooting, Pick re-released "Yes Virginia" (the song he wrote the night of the tragedy) as a free music download on Bandcamp.com with a bonus track.

For more information, to hear or buy music from projects, check out Pick's Bandcamp page and follow Pick on Reverb Nation, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter.

Community Arts Center

Art from the Collegetown Gallery will be featured in the lobby. The Collegetown Gallery participates in each First Friday of the month to showcase a local college's art program, students and teachers.

The exhibit in the first floor lobby will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. First Friday and then the art will be moved to the second floor lobby for the remainder of the month.

April's artist is Annie Wegman, a sophomore from Lycoming College, who will be showing her photography exhibit, "Immaculate Creation."

The CAC also will feature an artisan market for First Friday.

Artisan market participants:

Jenny Boyce and Spkye Krepshaw - Lamps made out of wine bottles.

Shanna Carpenter - Hand-made clay jewelry.

Chelsea Cramer - The Art Stork: Delivering decor and more. Handmade play aprons for children and adults and a selection of unique baby shower gifts, original wall art and nursery room decor.

Tammy Daneker - Textures, handcrafted bags and clutches in designer and vintage fabrics.

Debbie Eggers - Susquehanna Soap Work, handcrafted goats milk and vegan soaps.

Angela Kaiser and Debra Morris - Earth and spirit-inspired jewelry designs.

Cheryl Miller - Mo'Darva Glass.

Karen Morlock - Majics Mirrors, mirrors decorated with jewelry.

Victoria Neely - Beadwera jewelry.

Penn College Diner's Club - Selling culinary samples, pastry goods, vegetable art action station displays, and chocolate and-or sugar art action stations.

Sherry Rine - Handmade hair bows and headbands.

Ildiko Seitzer - Tie-dyed clothing and accessories.

Trish Strausbaugh - Glass work.

Kelli Travis - Crafted terra cotta pots.

Elizabeth Whitnack - Cupcakes By E.

Linda Wise - Variety of old-fashion handcrafted homemade soap.

Pajama Factory

The Pajama Factory will bring kids' art to its walls for First Friday in April - from 5 to 9 p.m. - giving young artists the chance to see their work under the lights. In addition, kids will be invited to make their own art at various stations set up around the building.

Clay Studio 26, Rita Bower (studio 48), the Beacon Hub (studio 40), Chad Andrews of Paper + (studio 30) and Matt Dempsey (metalsmith-blacksmith) are all cooking up something special for the evening.

Pajama Design Lab (studio 17) will have artist notebooks and pencils ready for young designers-to-be to draw their original pajama designs. A drawing of all participant's names will be held and one lucky youngster will win a studio session with designer-in residence, Valerie Beggs, and watch those PJs come to life and be theirs to keep. Pajama Design Lab will be giving group design classes starting in April.

Enjoy juggling, a blacksmith demonstration and fire-dancing performances throughout the night in the courtyard.

The Organic Garden Center, on the ground floor at the corner of Park and Rose Streets, also will kick off its Grand re-opening after relocating to the Pajama Factory from Washington Boulevard.

Grey Art Gallery

The Grey Art Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St., is pleased to announce its latest show, "Weegee," which features new artwork by New York City-based artist Rick Prol.

The title of the show, "Weegee," was inspired by Arthur Fellig, who during the 1930s and '40s worked as photographer and photojournalist in the Lower East Side of New York City. He was known for his black-and -white street photography that depicted scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death. The artist feels this was a poetic title. He admires what Weegee did because he would go out into the night and photograph horrific crime scenes. He felt this was the most fitting title for his body of work because of the similarity in topic.

In this exhibition, Prol's cartoonish expressionism of the world is depicted in a gothic - almost grotesque - form. Through the use of a variety of media, he portrays post-apocalyptic images inspired from current events such as the occupy Wall Street movement and the world's financial crisis.

About the Artist

Rick Prol was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Cooper Union College in 1980, he began showing his work publically in 1982. Prol is a 1980s-East-Village icon whose work features cartoonish mayhem, death and suicide in dilapidated and decaying settings. He dabbles in a variety of media including installations, paintings, sculpture and drawings. Much of the inspiration for Prol's work stems from general childhood trauma. Cartoon expressionism was the language he wanted to use to convey his organic, personal experiences about life. He pulls from the urban realities of city life; brutality, authoritarian relationships, decay and destruction of the world around him, and more recently the occupy Wall Street movement.

Guest Artists

Guest artists with new work on display for this show include Fade Kainer, John Nicholson, and Danielle Charette.

About Grey Art Gallery

The Grey Art Gallery exhibits a variety of fine contemporary art (photography, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, installations and drawings). The gallery represents the talents of many artists local and non-native, emerging and established. Based in historic downtown Williamsport, PA, Grey Art Gallery is located at 140 West Fourth Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-5pm. For more information, please call: 570-435-7080, or visit: www.greyartgallery.com or email: casey@greyartgallery.com or john@greyartgallery.com.

Artisan market

participants:

Jenny Boyce and Spkye Krepshaw - Lamps made out of wine bottles.

Shanna Carpenter - Hand-made clay jewelry.

Chelsea Cramer - The Art Stork: Delivering decor and more. Handmade play aprons for children and adults and a selection of unique baby shower gifts, original wall art and nursery room decor.

Tammy Daneker - Textures, handcrafted bags and clutches in designer and vintage fabrics.

Debbie Eggers - Susquehanna Soap Work, handcrafted goats milk and vegan soaps.

Angela Kaiser and Debra Morris - Earth and spirit-inspired jewelry designs.

Cheryl Miller - Mo'Darva Glass.

Karen Morlock - Majics Mirrors, mirrors decorated with jewelry.

Victoria Neely - Beadwera jewelry.

Penn College Diner's Club - Selling culinary samples, pastry goods, vegetable art action station displays, and chocolate and-or sugar art action stations.

Sherry Rine - Handmade hair bows and headbands.

Ildiko Seitzer - Tie-dyed clothing and accessories.

Trish Strausbaugh - Glass work.

Kelli Travis - Crafted terra cotta pots.

Elizabeth Whitnack - Cupcakes By E.

Linda Wise - Variety of old-fashioned handcrafted homemade soap.

Pajama Factory

The Pajama Factory will bring kids' art to its walls for First Friday in April - from 5 to 9 p.m. - giving young artists the chance to see their work under the lights. In addition, kids will be invited to make their own art at various stations set up around the building.

Clay Studio 26, Rita Bower (studio 48), the Beacon Hub (studio 40), Chad Andrews of Paper + (studio 30) and Matt Dempsey (metalsmith-blacksmith) are all cooking up something special for the evening.

Pajama Design Lab (studio 17) will have artist notebooks and pencils ready for young designers-to-be to draw their original pajama designs. A drawing of all participant's names will be held and one lucky youngster will win a studio session with designer-in residence, Valerie Beggs, and watch those PJs come to life and be theirs to keep. Pajama Design Lab will be giving group design classes starting in April.

Enjoy juggling, a blacksmith demonstration and fire-dancing performances throughout the night in the courtyard.

The Organic Garden Center, on the ground floor at the corner of Park and Rose Streets, also will kick off its Grand re-opening after relocating to the Pajama Factory from Washington Boulevard.

Grey Art Gallery

The Grey Art Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St., has announced its latest show, "Weegee," which features new artwork by New York City-based artist Rick Prol.

The title of the show, "Weegee," was inspired by Arthur Fellig, who worked as photographer and photojournalist during the 1930s and '40s in the Lower East Side of New York City. He was known for his black-and-white street photography that depicted scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death.

The artist feels this is a poetic title. He admires what Weegee did because he would go out into the night and photograph horrific crime scenes. He felt this was the most fitting title for his body of work because of the similarity in topic.

In this exhibition, Prol's cartoonish expressionism of the world is depicted in a gothic - almost grotesque - form. Through the use of a variety of media, he portrays post-apocalyptic images inspired from current events such as the occupy Wall Street movement and the world's financial crisis.

About the Artist

Rick Prol was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Cooper Union College in 1980, he began showing his work publically in 1982.

Prol is a 1980s-East-Village icon whose work features cartoonish mayhem, death and suicide in dilapidated and decaying settings. He dabbles in a variety of media including installations, paintings, sculpture and drawings. Much of the inspiration for Prol's work stems from general childhood trauma. Cartoon expressionism was the language he wanted to use to convey his organic, personal experiences about life. He pulls from the urban realities of city life; brutality, authoritarian relationships, decay and destruction of the world around him, and more recently the occupy Wall Street movement.

Guest Artists

Guest artists with new work on display for this show include Fade Kainer, John Nicholson, and Danielle Charette.

About Grey Art Gallery

The Grey Art Gallery exhibits a variety of fine contemporary art (photography, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, installations and drawings). The gallery represents the talents of many artists local and non-native, emerging and established. Based in historic downtown Williamsport, PA, Grey Art Gallery is located at 140 West Fourth Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-5pm. For more information, please call: 570-435-7080, or visit: www.greyartgallery.com or email: casey@greyartgallery.com or john@greyartgallery.com .

 
 
 

 

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