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September’s First Friday

September 2, 2012
Staff reports , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Ross Club

Theresa Crowley Spitler will have an exhibit of her paintings at the Ross Club, 201 W. Fourth St., for First Friday and the month of September. Spitler uses pastel to create her landscapes and still life paintings. She often paints outdoors to depict landscapes of Lycoming County. When creating a still life, Spitler always works from life, arranging and lighting the objects to be painted.

She is a member of various art organizations including the Central Pa. Pastel Society, The Bald Eagle Art League and the Art Alliance of Central PA. She teaches pastel painting workshops for the Lycoming Art Students League in Montoursville. Her art is in public and private collections and can be seen at the Open Door Gallery in Lewisburg, The Eagles Mere Art Gallery, The Valley Gallery in Jersey Shore and The Story of Hawaii Museum in Maui, Hawaii.

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The Ross Club welcomes all First Friday participants to view the art of Spitler from 6 to 8 p.m.

James V. Brown


First Friday at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will feature the Lycoming County 4-H Artitude Club. Visit the library between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. in the Rotunda Room through the West Fourth Street entrance to view more than 100 pieces of artwork by club members. Each member will display a variety of work and speak to visitors about how they have been learning to apply media, technique and processes; use knowledge of structures and functions; and understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture.

4-H Artitude club leader Amanda Emig will reflect upon the characteristics and merits of their work. "This is a newly formed 4-H project club with 22 active members and the kids have produced amazing pieces of art," she said. "They have participated and displayed their work at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville and have received prize ribbons. These kids are so enthusiastic and have been eager to follow the process, reflect on what they have learned and apply the steps for developing life skills. It is a joy to have an opportunity to share this with the community."

The 4-H Artitude club meets once a month at the library.

Harvest Artisan

Cooperative and Gallery

Harvest Artisan Cooperative and Gallery, 46 1/2 W. Fourth St., has announced a showing of artwork by Lawrence Charles Miller. The work will hang from Friday to Sept. 30. The Harvest Gallery is located at 46 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, Pa 17701.

Miller was born in 1949 in Harrisburg. He worked as a medical artist, an editorial illustrator for the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Times. He was head of the art department of the U.S. Army War College and now works as an artist at a research laboratory at Penn State University. His art has often associated with New Fluxus and Pop Surrealism.

In 2009, Albright College's Freedman Gallery presented more than 20 of Miller's large, expressionistic oil paintings. Some of these pieces incorporated details from Civil War-era photographs enlarged to as much as five by nine feet. The photographs were cropped, eliminating any reference to time.

In September 2009, he participated in the "A Book about Death" show at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City. Curated by artist Matthew Rose, an American living in Paris, the show was a tribute to late legendary New York artist Ray Johnson (the New York Times referred to Johnson as the most famous unknown artist). Emily Harvey's Gallery was an important venue of the Fluxus movement, and just before her death in 2004, she set up the Emily Harvey Foundation in SoHo. It serves an international community of avant-garde artists. Complete sets of prints from the A Book About Death were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MuBE (Sao Paulo) and the Museum of Modern Art (Wales).

Miller made many drawings in 2010-11. One of these was included in the Brooklyn Art Project's first quarterly (2011). NurtureArt Gallery (Bushwick, Brooklyn) included one in its annual show at the Chelsea Art Museum (2011). His drawings were also shown at Exit Art and the Cachifritos Gallery (Manhattan). Mobius, in Boston performed his conceptual work that involved the destruction of three of his drawings (2010).

This exhibit is curated by the Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St.

Peter Herdic House

The Peter Herdic House, 407 W. Fourth St., will exhibit artwork by Jeremiah Johnson. The work will be on display from Friday to Sept. 30.

In this exhibition, Johnson's work will include works on paper inspired by dreams, visions, experimentations and life, handmade, original decorative prints, paintings, and drawings.

Johnson was raised on a fruit and flower farm in the mountains of Northcentral Pennsylvania.

As a child, Johnson spent his days playing in the woods and his nights drawing. Once he graduated from high school, he left the farm to become an artist in the big city of Philadelphia. Johnson received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Tyler School of Art of Temple University and eventually went on to get his master of fine arts degree in print, paper and book arts from Syracuse University. A few more years of living in Philadelphia took its toll on Johnson's health, so he soon found himself back home in Williamsport. He currently teaches printmaking at Lycoming College and works in the studio making art about culture, folklore and survival.

The exhibit is curated by The Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St.

Barrel 135

Barrel 135, 135 W. Third St., will present an exhibition of artwork by Misako Oba and Tina Yesenofski. The work will be on display from Friday to Sept. 30.

Oba's work explores human life as a journey and is a metaphor for our lives. It is both a deep examination of her soul and an exploration of universal experiences. In her work, viewers often find the contrast of darkness and light. It also depicts the beauty of life with its transient nature.

She has spent much of her career exploring these themes using photography, including a traditional chemical process such as gelatin silver prints and toning. As she continues pursuing art, she has expanded to mixed-media painting, especially incorporating text, photographic images and encaustic that is based on the individual concept of each series.

Yesenofski's portraits are about discovering insecurities in individuals, but presenting their bodies with such solidity that it glorifies them despite their weathered, awkward, androgynous or sickly characteristics. She presents them in poses that are powerful rather than submissive, because the individuals she chooses tend to have an intense lust for life, despite their physical awkwardness. Through her portraits, she investigates the ironic contrast between a decrepit outer shell and vivacity within.

Often, her portraits seem to diminish or skew the sexual attributes of the figures. By making the sexuality of the figures less apparent, she makes them less vulnerable to or available for stereotyping.

The exhibit is curated by Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St. Converge 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. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 435-7080, or visit: or email: casey@converge or john@

Digiplex Cinema Center

The First Friday Artists at the Digiplex Cinema Center will be Don Kline, Joe Cesa and Sandy Kline. All artists who have work on display at the theater also are featured at the Valley Gallery and Gifts shop, 2880 Quarry Road, Nippenose Valley, Jersey Shore.

Don has been photography the country for more than 30 years. His collection of prints for sale include lighthouses, old barns, grist mills, old doors, outhouses, landscapes, seascapes and wildlie.

Cesa, from South Williamsport, enjoys paintings, watercolors and pastels. He has painted many local scenes such as the Park Station, the Pennsdale Meeting House and an old 1839 barn in Nippenose Valley.

Sandy makes 8 different styles and sizes of quilted designer handbags. There are many different colors and designs to choose from.



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