Artist Talk with Joanne Landis, Friday 3/16

“I am a story teller — a narrative painter.  My figures, mostly women, are often meditations on archetypes, myth or personal experience.  This allows me to build an environment inhabited by beings with all that it means to be human, alive and still in a dream.” – Joanne Landis

Doors open at 6pm. Talk starts at 7pm. We invite you to join us at Factory Works Gallery for an Artist Talk on Friday, 3/16.  Joanne will be discussing her work and her trip last fall to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, and sharing photographs and stories of her experiences on this once in a lifetime trip.

This is also an opportunity to see Call & Response: Joanne Landis and Elody Gyekis currently on view at Factory Works Gallery in The Pajama Factory – 2nd floor, Studio 10-210N.

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Save the Date for Green-O-Ree, Sat 4/7 from 11am-4pm

Originally called Mayfest, we recently rebranded the event to better represent what it is all about which is promoting and supporting green, sustainability initiatives!  As a re-purposed, industrial building, the Pajama Factory itself is a green initiative!  With over 100 artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, we believe that community IS sustainability and wanted an event to specifically celebrate just THAT.

We will feature Factory Works programs such as the Community Woodshop, Clay Studio, Sewing & Photo labs, and we will also feature local vendors who utilize green practices.  Equinox LTD will be doing demos, showing their outdoor gear.  The gallery will host the PA Wilds’ traveling Art Show which showcases Creative Makers from all over the region!

There will also be a number of conservation and nonprofit organizations joining us such as Little Pine Creek State Park, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and Middle Susquehanna Riverkeepers along with local, green vendors!

Join us on Saturday, April 7th from 11am-4pm and SPRING into SUSTAINABILITY!

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OPEN HOUSE! Williamsport Community Woodshop

Would you like to try something new?  How about making great things out of wood…

Join us at the Williamsport Community Woodshop for an

OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, November 18th from 10am to 5pm

Stop in and enter for chance to win a free 3 Month Membership valued at $150.00!

At the Open House we will offer:

  • A free class on “How to be Successful in a Woodshop” (12-4pm)
  • Demonstrations on Basic Woodworking techniques, Woodturning, Tool sharpening and more.
  • Guided tours of our great facility
  • Have qualified staff on hand to answer all your questions.
  • Displays of Members projects (that you can learn how to make)

And, if you are interested in signing up for a 3 Month Membership during Open House, we will throw in one month absolutely free ($50 value).  Must be present to win.

The Williamsport Community Woodshop is a non-profit entity of the Factory Works program at the Pajama Factory.

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Rita & Steve Bower: Painted Journal II, Opening Reception

Factory Works Gallery invites you to Painted Journal II, an exhibition of work by Rita & Steve Bower which chronicles the creative journey they have traveled over the years.  Join us on Friday, 11/3 from 6-9pm on the 2nd floor of Building 9, Studio 10.

According to Steve, “It is almost painfully difficult to describe art and the art experience. Try to describe the wind, the sun on your face, or the look in a child’s eye and that is what it is like. For each person it is a distinctly different experience or sensation and we as artists try to create things which in the presence of others are transcendent enough to connect.”

Rita added that, “It is my dream to one day make art that will stir someone. Although more comfortable wearing the hat of the ‘art educator,’ when I make art I am often filled with a sense of accomplishment and honesty.”

We hope you will join us in exploring this painted journal that Rita and Steve Bower have and continue to create.  This exhibition will be available to public through November 24th.  Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4-7pm.

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Bike Sale! Sat, 10/21 from 10am-12pm

Williamsport Bicycle Recycle will be hosting a Bike Sale on Sat, 10/21 from 10am-12pm on the corner of Park Avenue & Rose Street.  All bikes marked between $20-$80.  Many styles and sizes to choose from!

We will also be accepting donations of any usable bikes or parts you may want to get rid of.

*Cash or checks only.

Williamsport Bicycle Recycle is a part of Factory Works, a non-profit organization housed at the Pajama Factory. To learn more about all the different programs Factory Works has to offer the local community, please visit www.pajamafactory.net/factory-works

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Bike Sale – Sat, 9/23 at 10am

Join Williamsport Bicycle Recycle on the corner of Park Avenue & Rose Street for a BIKE SALE on Saturday, Sept 23rd from 10am-12pm.

All bikes are marked between $20-80!  Many styles & sizes to choose from!

They will also be accepting donations of any usable bikes and parts you make want to get rid of

*Cash or check only (sorry, they cannot accept credit cards)

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Whether They Should Cry Out: Juried Show OPEN CALL 

*DEADLINE EXTENDED* August 26th, 2017 11:59 PM (UTC-5)*

“Until the case was closed they could not be certain which way to jump, whether they should cry out that they were martyrs, or remain what, at heart, of course, they were, simple citizens, bitter against outrage and anxious to see justice done and the health of the state preserved.”  ~ James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room 1956

A national juried exhibition focusing on the ways we are responding to the changing political climate and the world around us.

Jurors Award – $250.00   |   Directors Award – $125.00   |   Three Honorable Mentions

Open to all artists in any medium. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and may not have been previously displayed at Factory Works Gallery. Finished work chosen for display may not to exceed 36 inches wide or 72 inches tall. Work must be suitably framed and ready to hang. No work may be removed from the gallery prior to the closing date of the exhibit.

  • Entry deadline: 11:59 PM (UTC-5) Aug. 26, 2017
  • Acceptance notifications: Sept 2, 2017
  • Accepted work to be received by: Sept 23, 2017
  • Opening reception: Oct. 6, 2017 – 6:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Show ends: Oct. 28, 2017
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2017 AIR Residents: We Come from Afar

Our AIR Residents are gearing up for their final exhibit here at the Factory.  The resident artists will be exhibiting works in a variety of media, including: sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, and more!  Be sure to check out this one-night only experience on Friday, 7/21 at 6-9pm in the Factory Works Gallery (2nd floor, Studio 16).

Light refreshments will be served.  We’ll see you there.

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A perfect day for Cyanotypes!

The Cyanotype process turns 175 years-old this year!  To celebrate this historic photography process, the Williamsport Community Darkroom hosted a workshop in the Pajama Factory Courtyard, led and instructed by Ralph Wilson.  This kid-friendly event had a great turn out and produced some truly wonderful images.

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Factory Works Gallery Director, Ralph Wilson’s ‘Mind Shadows’

“There are parts of our lives that we only allow a glimpse of to others. These glimpses cast a shadow of our well-being.”

Lovely feature in the Williamsport Sun Gazette on Ralph Wilson’s latest project ‘Mind Shadows’ currently on display at the Lycoming College Art Gallery. Ralph is the Director of Factory Works Gallery​ and the Williamsport Community Darkroom here at the Pajama Factory. There is an artist reception and talk June 2nd, 5-9pm.

Be sure to see this haunting and intriguing exhibit on display though July 22nd. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our very own tenants.

‘Mind Shadows’: a photographic exhibit at Lycoming College Art Gallery

Just as the body creates a shadow in bright sunshine, so can the mind create a shadow of the self. These shadows of the mind are the topic of exploration for photographer Ralph Wilson’s upcoming exhibit at the Lycoming College Art Gallery. “Mind Shadows” runs through July 22.

Wilson is currently the director of the Factory Works Gallery and the Williamsport Community Darkroom at the Pajama Factory, where he teaches black and white film photography and historic processes.

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