Spring has sprung and along with the weather, the arts are heating up locally.
The Earth Speaks III
Beginning in April, The Earth Speaks III kicks off the season with the 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition in the ARTSPACE Gallery.
Forty-five works of art will be on exhibit to highlight the climate and environmental crises that make headlines in the news daily.
Mark your calendars for April 22, Earth Day, 4-7pm, and plan to see the work and hear the environmental message that these artistic works are generating. And don’t forget, earlier that day, Monroe County will be celebrating Earth Day at Northampton Community College – Monroe Campus in Tannersville from 10am-3pm.
PoconoArt’s Annual Members’ Exhibition
Moving to May 1, the PoconoArt’s Annual Members’ Exhibition begins with artwork drop off, 1-3pm and 6-8pm. All members of the council are welcome to enter and awards will be given in the following categories: Acrylic; Oil; Mixed Media; Photography; Watercolor; Works on Paper; 3-D Works (sculpture & nonfunctional) and Fine Crafts. Since there was no student exhibition this year, there will be a separate Student category in the show. All mediums and levels of studentart are welcome. (A student ID is required at drop off.)
Volunteers are always needed for a variety of positions during the show and a discount is given to all who volunteer. Email gro.s1539811692traon1539811692ocop@1539811692yssat1539811692 if you are interested. A prospectus can be found here.
Spring for the Arts
Finally, on May 5th it’s time to “Spring for the Arts!” This year’s event will still be held at Stroudsmoor Country Inn, but that is about all that is the same. Instead of the traditional sit down dinner with live and silent auction, this year’s Spring for the Arts will feature the work of 15 Emerging Artists from the community.
Selected from a recent ARTSPACE Exhibition, the participating artists include Emilio Arostegui; Patrick Cummings; Kevina DiNicola; Ellen Goosay; Anna Kaszupski; Christian Kropp; Jessica Larsen; Jane Mayhew MacHale; Martelle Jones; Kayla O’Connor; Lee Schuler; Elizabeth Streczyk; Morgan Weissbach; Jason Scott Williamson; and Steven Windhorn. This is an excellent opportunity to check out these new artists – who knows, they may be the next Sterling Strauser. Remember: all art and music (from Picasso to Beethoven) was once new!
Food will include a burger bar and Chef Gerard’s Fabulous Furters (wursts & kraut) along with craft beers and a cash bar. An auction of work by the emerging artists, music by Porter & Sayles, raffles and fun will round out the evening.
As PoconoArts has in the past, there will be awards and scholarships during the course of the evening. Anna Kaszupski will receive the Emerging Visual Artist Award; Porter & Sayles will receive Emerging Performing Artist Awards and Dr. Sherwood Samet will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In conjunction with the event. Dr. Samet will hosthis “Last Picture Show” at the Auradell Gallery at Stroudsmoor with all proceeds benefiting the Pocono Arts Council.
Finally, two graduating high school seniors will receive Suzanne Anderson Scholarships to pursue their visual art and music studies at the college level. The year’s Spring for the Arts promises to be “the ARTS event of the year!” Mark your calendars now – invitations will be in the mail shortly.
Spring is a great time for renewal – let’s all renew our artistic spirit by participating in these important and worthwhile events. See you there!