Organic Garden Center Greenhouse

The Organic Garden Center Greenhouse at the Pajama Factory is a celebration of all green and living things—welcome Spring by stopping by and adopting something wonderful today. While you’re there say hi to Sally Rizzo, the master of the greenhouse, her young son Zander and greenhouse helper Courtney.

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Way Cool Beans has a new sign!

Way Cool Beans is the coffee shop in Building Six of the Pajama Factory and here is their new sign! Congrats, Todd—looks great!

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Sunday is World Pinhole Photography Day!

Pinhole photography is perhaps the most basic form of the art of photography, where, with a camera that you build yourself, you capture a small slice of the world. While it’s a simple thing to get started with, it’s an activity you can practice and polish for the rest of your life. Ralph Wilson is not only an expert in the craft, he’s a crusader for the artform.

If you think you might like to give it a try, get in touch with him soon, as this coming Sunday is World Pinhole Photography Day!

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Todd Rice

Stopped in to see what Todd Rice was up to and found him hard at work, painting crucifixes, having gotten inspired by some recent Springtime walks he took through the cemetery that overlooks the Pajama Factory

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Sunday Market – Hillside Haven Rustics

Here’s Steve from Hillside Haven Rustics, taking a breather in one of his handmade cedar Adirondack chairs, available at the Saturday Market at the Pajama Factory.

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Signs of Spring?

What’s this?!? It would seem to be an actual sign of Spring in the courtyard of the Pajama Factory. So what do you think? Are we finally done with the snow and cold?

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Stairwell to a Factory :: Opening reception

On February 7th from 6p–9p, in the Center for Creativity Gallery (studio 10). Group show by Stairwell Gallery artists. Live music by Factory tenant, Shawn Chism & Co.

Factory shops, and art studios will all be open for the evening. Stop by and say hello.

Poster design by Sue O’Donnell

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It’s Market Day at the Pajama Factory!

It’s a warm, foggy morning here at the Pajama Factory, but at least the temperatures are above freezing, so be sure to stop by the Williamsport Grower’s Market, Indoors at the Pajama Factory—the doors just opened!

We’ve got a small, but growing number of vendors, selling crafts, bakery items, bags, soaps, jewelry and more. Come down and support local artisans!

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Lawrence Charles Miller – Converge Gallery

The use of multiples and the confusion of reality and artifice began to appear in my work as if by osmosis. This occurred around 2009 with a steady stream of graphite drawings. At that time I switched from oil to acrylic paint to hasten to process of releasing images. In summer 2013 I turned all the canvases to my studio wall and began to work on paper. The directness of this method is simpatico with my inclination to transfer imagery onto the surface with intuitive immediacy.

The imagery comes from many influences including my past day-jobs as a scientific, military, and editorial illustrator. Occasionally Pennsylvania Dutch motifs occur because my research into Fraktur (the illuminated writings of the early German speaking community). The multiple landscapes mixed with interiors appear spontaneously as do the subtitles and notations.

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“Objects to Place” featuring Chad Andrews on display at Converge Gallery in January – Converge Gallery

WILLAMSPORT, PA (January 9, 2014)

Converge Gallery will be bringing in 2014 with a special solo show featuring new artwork by local printmaker and instructor, Chad Andrews. “Objects to Place,” featuring Chad Andrews, will open on Thursday, January 9 at 5PM with an artist talk to follow at 7PM. The exhibition will be on display from Thursday, January 9 until Saturday, February 22.

The name for the exhibition “Objects to Place” is reminiscent to the saddening moment that occurs after an exhibition ends. As artists, enormous amounts of creative energy, time and money are put into an exhibition that steadily builds up over a series of months. This build up leads to the highly intense moment of the reception which is followed by the month or so that the work is up on the gallery walls. At the close of an exhibition, we find it strange how the “art” turns into “objects”. These objects need to be moved, wrapped and stored. It is during the post exhibition depression that we often see the works in their truest light. With this new exhibition, Andrews is trying to curtail this effect by filling the gallery with objects to place that enable the viewer to see them in their truest light.

Andrews will be showing silicone polymer installations that explore his relationship with tobacco, new paper silhouettes, graphite drawings, and mixed media pieces that reflect his immediate world. His work on display will also reveal some new printmaking techniques discovered in his private studio, and some new subtle imagery that should creep up on the viewer.

About the Artist

Andrews grew up moving every two years for nearly 50% of his life. When he went to college, Kutztown University was the first school that he attended for more than two years. This constant change of environments is melded to Andrews persona and is manifested in his approach to making art. Andrews work constantly fluctuates with mediums, techniques, imagery and concepts and yet through all this change, he remains the constant. Andrews recent exhibitions present a variety of directions and ideas simultaneously. This manner of working feels right to him, in a way it is exactly the way he lives his life. Andrews lives on a horse farm, teaches at Bloomsburg University, and has a private studio practice at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, PA. These three very different lives are one to him and are reflected in his artwork.

In a recent studio visit with Andrews, a critic stated that, “If someone thinks they know what you do, they don’t know you.” Andrews took this as a compliment and keeps pushing his life and work forward. Andrews art keeps him observing and participating in the world around him and as this world changes so does his work.

Terms such as Representational, Pop, Graffiti, Conceptual, Installation, Abstract, and Contemporary, may be used to describe some of Andrews work. But the moment you use a name to describe what Andrews is doing, he feels that he is moving in a new direction.

Andrews received his BFA in studio art from Kutztown University (Kutztown, PA) and his MFA in printmaking from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). He has taught at The University of Pennsylvania 1994 – 1999, as well as held the position of Director of Visual Arts at the Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI) from 2000-2006. He is currently a full-time instructor of Printmaking and 2-Dimensional Design at Bloomsburg University.

His work has been shown at numerous galleries in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York and Virginia with his most recent solo show held at William and Mary University (Williamsburg, VA) and is represented by Gallery Plan B in Washington DC. Primarily a print-maker, Andrews uses all his skills in his work and often includes a combination of drawing, and painting with the print-making.

About Converge Gallery

Converge Gallery opened in 2011 and is already receiving recognition in the art world for its ambitious program. While the gallery is based in Williamsport, PA it also mounts exhibitions in New York City and at prestigious international art fairs. Director Casey Gleghorn visits artists’ studios in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco as well as Pennsylvania. The gallery shows the work of emerging and notable mid-career artists.

The gallery features contemporary art in all mediums and genres. The work shown has a progressive spark that is informed by the contemporary international zeitgeist. The work can be further described as having a vitality and presence that transcends styles and schools of art that are often codified in the art world, marketplace and academia.

Converge is trying something a little bit radical by being a contemporary art gallery in Williamsport, PA and in New York City and other cultural capitals simultaneously.

Based in historic downtown Williamsport, PA, Converge Gallery is located at 140 West Fourth Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday 11am – 9pm and Saturday 11am-7pm.

For more information, please call: 570-435-7080, or visit: www.convergegallery.com or email: casey@convergegallery.com or john@convergegallery.com.

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