Summer greetings! I am looking forward to festival season starting on July 7 with the brand new Stroudsburg Arts Festival to be held on 7th Street and Courthouse Square in downtown Stroudsburg.
The annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers in Milford on August 4-5 and the Pocono State Craft Festival at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg on August 25-26 are long-standing community events in our area. I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the summer.
Looking ahead to September, plans are in the works to establish self-guided tours of select Pocono Arts Council members’ home studios where visitors can see how artists create their handmade art and fine crafts and have the opportunity to make purchases in a relaxed setting.
Thank you to four of our members, Elizabeth Tilley, Margie Cohen, Meg Yoniak, and Beverly Martinetz, for having the vision to start something new, so our art-loving residents can celebrate the many artisans in our area. Any Pocono Arts Council artist member with a home studio is able to participate in the Home Studio Tour and be included on the map. Please contact the council office, if you’re interested, and we’ll be sure you receive an application. Details and further information will be forthcoming.
Stroudsburg artist Heidi Hooper was a featured guest on ABC TV’s “To Tell the Truth” show on Sunday, June 17.
Hooper is nationally known as the world’s leading artist working in the unusual medium of dryer lint. She has been called “The Andy Warhol of Dryer Lint” by Consumer Reports magazine and her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in Ripley’s Believe it or Not books and museums around the world. She is a two-time Niche Award winner.
Her work is also featured in A Mano Galleries in New Hope, Pennsylvania. On “To Tell The Truth” a celebrity panel has to guess which of three people is the real dryer lint artist, but the other two are allowed to lie whereas Hooper cannot. Hooper’s artwork was prominently displayed beside them. The celebrity panel included Mel Brooks, Joel McHale, Bill Hader and Natasha Leggero.
Hooper studied sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University and obtained her master’s from the Massachusetts College of Art. She began working in dryer lint after a cancerous tumor ate away most of the muscle in her arm, leaving her handicapped and unable to pursue metalwork.
See her work at www.HeidiHooper.com