This month’s featured Emerging Artist is Anna Kaszupski. Anna is also the winner of this year’s Emerging Artist exhibition at the Pocono Arts Council and will be honored at the Spring for the Arts event at Stroudmoor on May 5th.
Anna started painting at a young age and her talent was recognized early when she won a local supermarket’s coloring contest at the age of eleven. Anna has moved well beyond crayons. She dabbled in pastels and charcoals, moved to oils and now she now works mostly with acrylics. Anna says she draws inspiration from the works of Picasso, Van Gogh and Stroudsburg’s own Andrei Protsouk.
Anna’s favorite subjects are women’s faces and flowers. She also paints animals, including people’s pets. Anna’s works feature bright, bold colors and broad strokes. Those driving around town can see her mural on Crystal St in East Stroudsburg and also on Main St on the wall between the old PNC building and Stoeckel Jewelry. Anna created the panel for Café Duet.
Anna is a busy mother of two teenage boys who still finds time for both her own painting and to teach. She runs the very popular Paint n Sip workshops held at area wineries.
Anna has a neurological phenomenon known as Synesthesia. She sees and hears things and applies a color to them. She sees letters, words and numbers in color and music becomes visual images. She often lets the music guide her brush as she paints and listens, not always knowing what the end result will be. Thanks to this creative condition and her talent for painting, we will be seeing a lot more of Anna’s work in the future. Congratulations, Anna, on being the Pocono Arts Council’s Emerging Visual Artist of the Year.
More Members to Spotlight:
Work by PoconoArts members, Will Rothfuss and Susan Washington is showcased in a joint exhibition at MEZZ Gallery, Renaissance Hotel, 12 North 7th St., Allentown. The exhibition was curated by Deborah Robinski and will hang through April. An Artists’ Reception is scheduled for April 20th 5:30-8:00pm. Information: www.WillRothfuss.com or 570-801-7035.